What is the STORYHIVE 2021 Game Changers Documentary Edition?

Through the power of community, we are bringing to light the stories of game changers that are challenging the status quo. With the 2021 Game Changers Documentary Edition, STORYHIVE is providing 30 documentary projects with $20,000 grants to capture stories of local game changers that are making their community a better place. We want to hear about community members who are finding new and innovative ways to make their communities more connected, sustainable, healthier and equitable. We’re looking for groundbreaking authentic stories that will bring people closer together, showcase human ingenuity, resilience and grit, and celebrate those that are making a positive impact in their local community.

Game changers are visionary, innovative, daring and original. From students arranging a petition to save a local landmark, to an organization developing technology to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, here are some examples of the types of stories we are looking for: 

  • People and organizations that are creating meaningful change (local and grassroot initiatives, shaking up an industry, transforming a community) 
  • Technology that is changing people’s lives (creating a safer food supply, connecting communities through technology, innovative programs powered by technology) 
  • Work that is protecting and sustaining the environment (sustainable solutions and initiatives, caring for our planet, education on sustainable practices) 
  • Healthcare that is transforming communities (supporting healthcare providers, enabling a higher quality of care, improving accessibility)

For the STORYHIVE 2021 Game Changers Documentary Edition (the “STORYHIVE Edition”), each Project will consist of a locally reflective documentary Main Program (minimum 15 minutes) and a Supplementary Program (minimum 30 minutes). In addition to the funding, successful creators will receive customized career training, filmmaking mentorship and distribution of their projects on select TELUS Platforms. This is a chance to make some content that matters to you and retain the intellectual property rights to your produced work.

No previous experience in film production or other creative endeavours is required for you to submit an application for funding.

For projects involving Indigenous communities, cultures, concepts and stories, we encourage applicants to consult On-Screen Protocols & Pathways before submitting their project: https://iso-bea.ca/download/on-screen-protocols-pathways

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 reputable sources such as the Public Health Agency of Canada, your provincial medical officer or the World Health Organization and please urge everyone on your team  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:

Motion Picture - Resources for COVID-19 Updates

Resources for Alberta-based creators:

COVID-19 information : guidance for the screen-based production industry - Open Government