FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS
You are free to submit your project to festivals after delivery to TELUS. TELUS takes a non-exclusive license for 10 years to distribute the content on Optik TV Video On Demand and on its other platforms (such as the STORYHIVE website, Optik On The Go App, and our YouTube channel). Winning projects will be made available on any or all of these platforms and may remain available to the public for the duration of the license. It is the responsibility of each Project Lead to determine any restrictions with music, film or TV festivals and/or other distributors.
PERSONAL WEBSITE OR YOUTUBE POSTING
After your project is made available on Optik™ TV VOD, you can post to your own sites and to YouTube. We prefer that you use the link from our YouTube channel when you post to your own, but please provide us a STORYHIVE and TELUS approved credit; however, if that is not workable for you, please contact the STORYHIVE team and let them know.
CONCEPT CHANGES DURING PRODUCTION
Any proposed changes to the concept in the proposed application MUST be submitted and approved by STORYHIVE. Any videos submitted with unapproved changes to the approved treatment may be classified as in default.
PROJECT CHANGES AFTER FINAL TELUS SUBMISSION
You can create a different version, a.k.a. Directors Cut, of your projects final output. However, the new version will not be made available on TELUS Optik™ VOD or on our other distribution platforms. Note that we reserve the right to screen the alternate version and request to have our credits removed (although we hope this is not the case). Note that for public screening/festival versions you do NOT need to have the TELUS disclaimer at the top.
You must have all the rights to all content, including archival video, performances, stills, and music rights for the term of the license (10 years). We take a non-exclusive license, with the right to show the project on Optik™ TV and TELUS’ other distribution platforms (including Optik™ on the Go, our websites, and YouTube). If you can’t clear the music for that amount of time, you cannot use it!
The Project Lead (or Production Company) must have all the rights to produce, own and exploit the project. So, the Project Lead is required to obtain all releases and clearances as stated in the Grant Agreement. These releases and clearances should be between the Project Lead (or Production Company) and the subject(s), NOT between TELUS and the subjects. Please consult with your legal advisors for more information.
I have some swearing/nudity/violence/drug use/drinking/smoking/other questionable content in my project. Is that a problem?
Please refer to the guidelines, policies and ratings guidelines on the website and within your Grant Agreement. Content must comply with all laws, regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices, including the Broadcasting Act, CRTC Best Practice Code, and other relevant Canadian codes pertaining to the nature of acceptable content (please consult the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council website for further information). Specifically, projects containing violence, profanity, nudity, sexual situations, drug and alcohol use and other mature content will be held to these standards and may be required to remove or change material prior to airing. Please note that TELUS Optik™ TV On Demand only broadcasts programs that are "G" or "PG" rated and those ratings guidelines are on the Canadian Association of Broadcasters website.
I’m doing a project on a current event or ‘hot-button’ issue. Is there anything special I need to be aware of?
In accordance with CRTC regulations and policies governing content, taste, community reflection and diversity of voices, the following types of applicants and project material are excluded from eligibility:
- Religious or sectarian organizations (except where they represent non-denominational community and social support services)
- Political organizations and candidates
- Advocacy or special interest groups
CRTC guidelines stipulate that any projects exploring issues of public concern must ensure they provide a reasonable, balanced analysis of the topic.