National Screen Institute continues partnership with TELUS STORYHIVE


The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is pleased to celebrate its ongoing relationship with TELUS STORYHIVE, a fruitful continuation of the partnership that began in 2014 with NSI mentors and faculty training British Columbia- and Alberta-based content creators chosen through STORYHIVE’s voting and funding model.

As of 2018-19, a diverse range of projects from more than 275 content creators have received training and mentorship from NSI, including scripted, factual, documentary, animation, drama, horror, comedy and more.

Over the last four years, these content creators have benefitted from individualized, tailored support and information workshops held regionally in BC and Alberta, with NSI’s portable training sessions brought directly to storytellers. Market-readiness training and support for TELUS Banff Fellowship recipients have also been delivered to help content creators competing in the global marketplace.

“This is a meaningful partnership that plays a pivotal role in strengthening the film, TV and digital media industries in Western Canada,” said Angela Heck, director of digital and strategic initiatives at NSI. “We’re proud to be the training partner for TELUS STORYHIVE, which is one of the best talent identification programs in the country.”

“At STORYHIVE, we believe in the power of stories to transform both communities and the folks who tell them. Mentorship is a critical element in supporting the growth of emerging creators,” said Lizzy Karp, senior manager at TELUS STORYHIVE. “Deep, trusting partnerships like we have with NSI allows our program to support hundreds of creators every year.”

Applications are currently being accepted for the STORYHIVE music video edition (deadline October 2, 2018) and NSI IndigiDocs (deadline November 5, 2018).

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The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) programs are made possible with your support and with ongoing funding from: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUS, Telefilm Canada; Patrons: Bell Media, CBC; Builders: APTN, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Strategic Sponsors: Directors Guild of Canada, Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Blue Ant Media; Friends: Manitoba Film & Music, RBC Emerging Artists Project, The Winnipeg Foundation, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, ZoomerMedia, Breakthrough Entertainment, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD).

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 Television, CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI, NSI Features First, NSI IndigiDocs and for TELUS STORYHIVE.

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


TELUS STORYHIVE provides funding and training to filmmakers in BC and Alberta to support compelling original storytelling. We support projects that reflect a diversity of voices, ideas and views, and feature local places and events. STORYHIVE projects are distributed for free on TELUS Optik™ TV On Demand and online.

All media enquiries

Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Tel: 204.957.2999 or email:

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