What is STORYHIVE 2021 Open Call?

STORYHIVE 2021 Open Call is a new program set up to share some additional funding we have available this year in some of our eligible communities (see STORYHIVE 2021 Open Call eligible communities). It has several key differences from a typical STORYHIVE edition:

  • Only available in certain eligible communities. There is no STORYHIVE 2021 Open Call funding available in some regions such as the Kelowna, Victoria and the Vancouver Lower Mainland. There will be more opportunities available this fall for all STORYHIVE regions.
  • $5000 grant amount
  • Minimum of 50 grants to be awarded - potentially more depending on demand
  • Simplified application
  • Open to all kinds of nonfiction content (see eligible types of content)
  • Minimum of 60 minutes of content to be delivered 
  • Condensed schedule - you will have 2 months to create and deliver your project. 
  • Only a final delivery is required (no rough cuts or fine cuts need to be delivered)
  • Awarded projects will not be publicly posted on the STORYHIVE website 
  • There’s no mentorship component - but we will be providing awarded projects with a Creator Kit (a manual for your production and delivery) and a recorded training session - plus the STORYHIVE project managers are here to help you throughout your STORYHIVE journey. 


May 13 - Jun 3, 2021

STORYHIVE 2021 Open Call is open for Submissions. 
(Intake closes at 5:00pm PDT/6:00pm MDT on June 3)   

Week of Jun 21, 2021 Grant Recipients Contacted
Jun 28 - Aug 12, 2021 Production (prep, shooting, editing) 
Aug 13, 2021 Final Delivery of Project to TELUS STORYHIVE
Fall 2021 Launch of projects on TELUS Optik TV


STORYHIVE 2021 Open Call is open to new and emerging content creators from eligible communities in BC and Alberta. Whether you like to shoot on your phone or use a pro camera, this is your chance to make some content that matters to you and retain the intellectual property rights to your produced work

Please note that previous experience is not required to be eligible. We welcome Project Leads who are first time content creators

STORYHIVE 2021 Open Call is seeking stories that capture the voice, personality and experiences of communities across Western Canada

With STORYHIVE 2021 Open Call, STORYHIVE is providing a minimum of fifty (50) Projects with grants of $5,000 each to produce locally reflective nonfiction video content. In addition to the funding, successful creators will receive distribution of their Projects on select TELUS Platforms.

For STORYHIVE 2021 Open Call  (the “STORYHIVE Program”), 

each Project must consist of a minimum of 60 minutes of locally reflective video content, which can be either a single 60+ minute program, 2 X 30+ minute programs or 3 X 20+ minute programs. Each program may consist of a single episode or a compilation of shorter episodes. For example, you could compile 12 X 5 minute episodes into a 60 minute program.

Examples of eligible content:

  • A single video documentary
  • A documentary web series
  • A series of "how to" videos
  • A series of fitness videos
  • An interview style show 
  • A review show
  • A podcast (with simple visual elements
  • Another type of format you would like to explore.

Every program must be locally reflective and the Project Lead must be a resident of that community.  In addition to the funding, successful creators will have access to recorded workshops and distribution of their projects on select TELUS Platforms.

For projects involving Indigenous communities, cultures, concepts and stories, we encourage applicants to consult On-Screen Protocols & Pathways before submitting their project.

COVID-19 precautions 

Community health and safety is our priority, and as such, we encourage you to take the necessary and responsible precautions to protect public health. Please familiarize yourself with the following reputable sources, such as the Public Health Agency of Canada, your provincial medical officer or the World Health Organization and please urge everyone in your community to do the same.

Production team policy

Due to the current pandemic all projects are required to limit their in-person production crews to a maximum of three (3) people. (Note: This does not apply to team members who are working remotely, such as an editor or sound mixer).

Resources for BC-based creators:


Resources for Alberta-based creators: