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Peace Region filmmakers eyeing $50,000 Telus STORYHIVE grant

Filmmaking teams from across the Peace Region are hoping their next pitch could be the big one.

Director of “Grande Prairie Cycles”, Matt Levins says he doesn’t feel like he is competing directly against the others in the area, as they tend to work like one big family.

“From my point of view, it doesn’t really matter who wins everybody in Grande Prairie wins if anybody gets funded. We all work together on that same front I think all the time.”

Grande Prairie Cycles, a documentary following a local woman’s progression into the male-dominated downhill mountain biking world, is one of five local entries into the competition. Others include ‘Small Town Strength’, a look into the MMA community, and Eye of the Hurricane: The Friendship Centre Story.

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Levin says competitions like this are healthy for everyone involved and also, in a way, bring the entire filmmaking community closer.

“Every time I need anything done or need any help on anything, everyone has been extremely helpful to pitch in where need be. We all kind of help each other on all of our projects.”

A vote is open for the competition, with polls closing on May 31st. The grant winners will be announced on July 22nd.

The TELUS STORYHIVE program started in 2013. It was created to help people living in Alberta and BC who were looking to enter the film industry or who wanted to further their careers.

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