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Vote for Kamloops, Joy Factory Films hopes

Studio plans short documentary on innovation centre
October 30, 2015 12:47 P.M.

Joy Factory Films hopes online support from people in Kamloops will enable the to make a short documentary on Kamloops Innovation Centre.

Filmaker Nathan Froese said Friday that there’s a remarkable story to be told about the business incubation centre and the progress made since its startup four years ago.

He heard about the Telus Storyhive competition just in time to make an entry before deadline. The contest is described as a “community-powered funding program for emerging creators in B.C. and Alberta.” 

Fifteen creators in each province are eligible for $10,000.

“We’ve worked out of Kamloops Innovation Centre for 18 months and the amount of growth even in that time in the tech sector?” There’s so much potential for them to go out and do great things in the world,” Froese said.

The voting deadline is Nov. 9.

Joy Factory, which also includes Calvin Kuntz and Neil Manuel, had its start in May 2010. They focus on commercials and film with the aim of challenging conventional media. The funding would be enough to produce an eight-minute documentary with plans for full-length film down the road, Froese said.

Here’s the studio’s pitch through Storyhive, telling part of their storyline:

“When you think about Kamloops, what comes to mind? A pulp mill. A place you have to drive through to get where you need to be. Maybe TRU. What most people don't think about is technology and innovation. But that's all started to change, and Kamloops is now home to KIC, which in four years has helped over 35 technology based startups enter the market, and these startups are doing amazing things. There's a drone company changing the way we control forest fires. A worksite management company that allows you to track employees and tasks in real time. A mapping company that is making data more accessible and easier to track. Our documentary will look at how they all got here, thanks to the bold vision of KIC, and where they look to take off to in the future.”

You can vote online in the Telus Storyhive contest by going to

Nathan Froese of Joy Factory Films in Kamloops.


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