Edmonton filmmakers awarded production dollars through STORYHIVE
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Five local filmmakers are reeling in on some big cash to help advance their projects, all thanks to a Kickstarter-inspired online campaign.
Colin Waugh is one of the five filmmakers who received a $10,000 grant through STORYHIVE and Telus, something he says will greatly impact the reach of his fly-fishing film “Castles in the Air.”
“STORYHIVE is what got me going. It gave me opportunity to broadcast my project […] and with that, I was able to go out and find more funding,” he said, adding that the fly-fishing community was also very supportive of his work online.
After winning the contest through STORYHIVE, Waugh is now seeking cash from local and provincial funders to improve distribution of his film.
Based on a user vote, the five projects from Edmonton were chosen through the online campaign that will allow the projects to be aired on Optik TV.
This is the first season of STORYHIVE, with a total of 20 winners —including those from Edmonton—given a chance to show their films.
The other Edmonton winners—Andrew Guardamano, Sharlene Millang, Ryan Northcott and Shane Quantz— will join Waugh in airing their films in a special event on Sept. 15.
Other winners in Calgary and Vancouver were also selected for the competition and will air their work in their respective cities as well.