Have you ever wanted to create your own awesome web series, but you just didn’t have the cash or wherewithal to get the job done? Canadian telecommunications company Telus is backing a new platform called STORYHIVE and they want to give you $10,000 to get your video project off the ground.
Inspired by the grassroots nature of Kickstarter, STORYHIVE provides grant funding from Telus to local content creators. They’re just getting started with their second season now, which will be focusing on web series content. They’re open to submissions from content creators of all skill and experience levels; having a great idea and a terrific vision is the most important part.
They’re offering $10,000 to 30 lucky finalists from British Columbia and Alberta and the top picks will get distribution through Telus Optik TV on Demand. That money is for producing the pilot episode (3 to 8 minutes long) of your web series. You can spend that ten grand to upgrade your video editing rig, for instance, with a more powerful graphics card, more RAM and a better monitor.
The little money you have left can be used to Macgyver together a teleprompter and record some cool sound effects, as demonstrated in the short videos below. More information can be found through the STORYHIVE website. After this first phase, the best submission from each province will receive an additional $50,000 award to complete their web series, along with mentorship and training from industry pros.