NSI announces new web series training partnership with STORYHIVE

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to announce a new partnership with STORYHIVE. STORYHIVE is a Kickstarter-inspired online platform from TELUS and Optik Local, TELUS community programming, available on Optik TV On Demand.

STORYHIVE is currently seeking to fund new web series pilots from the community and offering successful applicants grants and distribution in return. NSI will deliver web series training for the selected projects and their creators once they’re chosen through the STORYHIVE process.

STORYHIVE is engaging the public to vote, giving viewers a voice in determining what stories are told. The public will choose 15 projects from content creators in British Columbia and 15 from Alberta.

Each selected project will receive a $10,000 grant to develop their web series pilot and the 30 finalists will receive training from seasoned NSI team members. Participants then go into competition again to determine the final winners.

One project from each province will receive a $50,000 grant to develop their series. NSI will assign industry mentors to the two final teams; faculty for the training includes Mike Fly and Karen Lam as well as NSI director of programming Brendon Sawatzky.

Mike Fly is a digital producer/director whose credits include the award-winning web series Versus Valerie and the transmedia series Sexy Nerd Girl, Comedy Bar, Wedding Trashers and Improv Monologue Project. He is the director of photography for The Casting Room and the Canadian Screen Award-winning series Space Janitors. Mike also directed the award-winning series But I’m Chris Jericho as well as several shorts for the Second City Network and the upcoming The Second City Project.

Karen Lam has worked full-time in the film and television industry since 2000. Starting her career as a producer and entertainment lawyer, Karen has produced four feature films, eight short films and three television series. Her first short film as a writer/director, The Cabinet, was made through NSI Drama Prize in 2006. She has since written nine feature film screenplays, and directed seven short films, a true-crime documentary series and two feature films: Stained (2010) and Evangeline (2013). She is currently in post-production on her first web series which premieres on Telus Optik TV in December 2014.

“As a platform committed to supporting content creators, STORYHIVE is really focused on going beyond providing funding and are looking to equip our participants with the tools and knowledge they need to find success in their film careers.” said Blair Miller, VP of Content Solutions at TELUS. “NSI is known for their high-calibre training courses, and having them bring their expertise to the selected projects will be invaluable for the grant recipients.”

“We’re proud to be collaborating with TELUS on this new project,” said John Gill, NSI CEO. “TELUS’ goal of expanding their web content aligns well with NSI’s expertise in providing market-driven training to Canadian storytellers.”

Training begins in Vancouver on December 12, continues to Edmonton on December 15 and Calgary on December 16.

The first round of voting is open until December 1.

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features FirstNSI Aboriginal Documentary and Movie Central Script to Screen.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television and digital media industries at nsi-canada.ca.

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Communications Coordinator
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email: laura.friesen@nsi-canada.ca

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