The semifinalists are showcased at public screenings in New York on August 15 and 16.
Finalists will be chosen by a panel of entertainment industry professionals and NBCUniversal executives. Winners will be selected for best writer, best director and best actor, among others.
The finale screening and awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on October 18 at the Directors Guild of America.
Akashi is about a woman who returns to Japan after her grandmother passes only to find her modern ways clash with the traditional values of her homeland.
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STORYHIVE is a community-powered funding program that allows members of the community to vote for their favourite projects.
The program allows content creators in British Columbia and Alberta to submit their story ideas to an online public platform.
NSI delivers training for the selected projects and their creators once they’re chosen through the STORYHIVE process.