2021 Black Creators Edition
September 22, 2021
TELUS STORYHIVE in partnership with the BLACK SCREEN OFFICE announces its first-ever Black Creators Edition to offer funding to support the next generation of content creators.
STORYHIVE is a program funded through TELUS that helps amplify local stories and voices through funding, customized training, mentorship and distribution for Western Canadian creators. Grants of $20,000 will be provided to 20 content creators from across British Columbia and Alberta to help empower the next generation of Black creators. Each awarded project receives a $20,000 production grant. BC projects will receive additional top up funding from Creative BC.
“Celebrating and amplifying Canadian-created content that is locally reflective and relevant is at the core of TELUS STORYHIVE’s mission,” says Cameron Zinger, Director of TELUS STORYHIVE. “We look forward to honouring, spotlighting and amplifying the voices, stories, and lived experiences of Black creators and their communities through this edition.”
Interested creators are invited to pitch a locally reflective original idea for a short documentary, web pilot series or digital short for the opportunity to receive a grant. Online applications are open September 1 to October 6, 2021.
In addition to the funding, successful creators will receive customized career training, filmmaking mentorship, and distribution of their projects on select TELUS platforms. No previous experience in film production or other creative endeavours is required to submit an application.
A diverse selection of committee members from the Black community will review all projects and ultimately select which projects receive funding. A number of factors are considered, including but not limited to the submitted application, the impact of the award on the creator, and the importance of the story to the creator’s community of residence.