Updated: Aug 22
How the STORYHIVE Grants Supercharge Film Productions, and other grants YOU can apply for in Alberta.
As the owner of an Alberta film production company beginning at the age of 25, I've been fortunate to witness firsthand the remarkable impact that sponsorships and grants can have on the world of cinematic creation. Over the years, my journey in the film industry has been enhanced by the invaluable support provided by organizations like Telus STORYHIVE, which has not only believed in my vision but has also played a pivotal role in creating our newest television show Rental Rewind.
I'll include a list of other amazing grants you can apply for in this blog.
Lights, Camera, Grants!
Grants are the backbone of many successful film productions. Beyond the glitz and glamour of the silver screen, they provide the financial backing necessary to bring scripts to life, create breathtaking visuals, and develop immersive storytelling. For a young film production company like mine, securing sponsorships has been a game-changer. These partnerships offer much more than just funding – they open doors to collaboration, innovation, and a shared commitment to producing exceptional content.
One of the most significant lessons I've learned is that grants and sponsorships are not just about financial support; they represent a mutual investment in each other's success. TELUS STORYHIVE, for instance, doesn't just provide grants; they become genuine partners who share in the excitement and challenges of every project. This kind of support doesn't just alleviate financial stress; it also provides a network of resources, expertise, and exposure that propels our films to reach wider audiences. Which is why YOU should apply for it.
“These partnerships empower us to tell stories that resonate, challenge, and inspire audiences worldwide.”
Empowering Creativity Through Grants
Grants are another powerful tool that can propel film projects from the drawing board to the silver screen. As a filmmaker, receiving a grant is a vote of confidence in your creative vision. It's an acknowledgment that your ideas have the potential to resonate with audiences and contribute to the cultural and artistic tapestry.
When my company first received grants from Telus STORYHIVE, it wasn't just a financial boost; it was validation that our stories mattered. These grants allowed us to explore innovative concepts, experiment with cutting-edge technology, and push the boundaries of our craft. The creative freedom that comes with grants is immeasurable – it enables filmmakers to take risks and venture into uncharted territories, ultimately resulting in more authentic and impactful narratives.
Fostering a Collaborative Ecosystem
The collaboration between film production companies and sponsors or grant providers goes beyond financial transactions. It's a symbiotic relationship that enriches both parties. Through partnerships, we gain access to industry expertise, workshops, networking opportunities, and exposure to new audiences. Sponsors and grant providers, on the other hand, align themselves with compelling storytelling, creativity, and the magic of cinema.
Moreover, these collaborations extend beyond the production phase. Film screenings, festivals, and premieres become platforms for sponsors to showcase their commitment to supporting the arts. These events bring together diverse communities, fostering a sense of unity and shared appreciation for the transformative power of storytelling.
“ Sponsors and grant providers, on the other hand, align themselves with compelling storytelling, creativity, and the magic of cinema..”
Bringing Dreams to Life
As I reflect on the journey that has led me to where I am today, I'm profoundly grateful for the sponsorships and grants that have shaped my film production company's trajectory. They are more than financial resources; they are catalysts that turn dreams into reality. These partnerships empower us to tell stories that resonate, challenge, and inspire audiences worldwide.
To all aspiring filmmakers and production companies, I encourage you to embrace the power of sponsorships and grants. These collaborations have the potential to breathe life into your visions, provide the resources to overcome challenges, and give you the wings to soar higher than you ever thought possible. Just as TELUS has been an unwavering partner in my journey, there are organizations out there eager to champion your creativity and bring your cinematic dreams to life on the silver screen
Below is a list of grants you can apply for here in Alberta.
STORYHIVE: Through innovative programs, we provide production funding, training, mentorship and distribution on TELUS Optik TV and online platforms. We are focused on our ongoing mission to support underrepresented communities, helping empower the next generation of content creators and storytellers.
AFA (Alberta Foundation of the Arts): This foundation celebrates Alberta art. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) is the primary arts resource and grant funding body in Alberta.
Alberta First Film Fund: Alberta First is planning to produce 20 films in Alberta over the next 5 years, translating into a $250+ million injection into Alberta's economy to help create and sustain thousands of jobs.
Telefilm Talent to Watch Program: The Talent to Watch Program supports emerging filmmakers looking to finance the production stage of their first feature film project(s).