‘Welcome to Surrey’ video goes live as part of Storyhive web series competition

Comedic web series was created by Surrey residents Kashif Pasta and Shyam Valera

A scene from 'Welcome to Surrey

SURREY — This is a big week for “Welcome to Surrey,” the film project that could win a pair of Surreyites $50,000 and inter-provincial bragging rights.

The 11-minute comedy video was created by Kashif Pasta and Shyam Valera as part of a Telus-backed Storyhive contest, a community-powered funding program for emerging content creators in B.C. and Alberta.

Makers of the winning web series will be given $50,000 to fund production of a full season that will be broadcast online and also on Optik TV.

Voting began at noon Monday and continues until Friday. CLICK HERE for details.


Pasta and Valera were featured in a Now story in June. CLICK HERE to read that story.

There are 30 teams with pilots in the competition — 15 from B.C. and 15 from Alberta.

Here’s the official description of “Welcome to Surrey”: “Five friends becoming adults in a world where culture, identity, life and love are constantly in flux.

“When Suneet comes home to Surrey, Kashif’s matchmaking forces Suneet and Shyam to have a conversation they were putting off for too long.”

Scenes for the video were filmed several weeks ago at Old Surrey Restaurant in Newton and other places around Surrey.


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