Homespun is Back with its Annual Competition Uncovering Emerging Talent
On May 26th 2016, Homespun announced their third annual Homespun Yarns event, a film competition that attracts emerging talent from around the UK.
This year’s theme is ‘The Track’ and the task is to use Lyves’s ‘Darkest Hour’ as the basis for a short film idea.
Set to be the biggest year yet, entrants will be given a piece of music to interpret freely – meaning they can do anything from creating a music video, using the lyrics in their script, or using the piece as a soundtrack. In short, they can take it and run. Entries must be 5 minutes maximum and the three most creative will be shortlisted.
This year, Wave Music is joining the competition, and with the artist Lyves, are providing the track, entitled ‘Darkest Hour’.
Wave founder Warren Hamilton comments on their involvement: "Both Wave Studios & Wave Music want to do what they can to help emerging filmmakers with their audio needs so are proud to be involved in the Homespun Yarns project."
Lyves is the project of London-based writer and producer Francesca Bergami, an artist of Italian and Australian heritage and she is thrilled to be involved: “I know how I felt when I wrote the track and it’s a real gift for me to have the chance to see how others interpret it.”
Anyone, regardless of background or experience, can enter, share their great idea and turn it into an even greater short film. Three winning ideas will be shortlisted and Homespun will provide £1500 funding to make each film a reality as well as providing free editing from the Homespun team if needed. The overall winning film will also receive a £500 cash prize.
Tim Hardy of Stitch comments, “With Homespun Yarns you never know what kind of project is going to come in. We’ve had everything from animations, documentaries to even an art installation in the past and with this year’s brief being so different I’m sure we’ll have another crop of exciting and unexpected ideas!”
Stitch’s Leo King, adds, “It’s great to be working with Lyves and Wave Music this year, this is our most exciting brief so far and very different to previous years. We are driven in our commitment to help develop creative talent and can’t wait to see who we will be working with this year.”
Zak Razvi, picked up a number of impressive accolades following the first Homespun Yarns competition for his winning short ‘Jordanne’.
The film has received multiple awards at over 30 festivals, helped win him Shots Best New Director and he is now represented by Knucklehead.
Caroline Hicks’ short romantic comedy ‘Vanya’ took home the winning prize last year. About an about Eastern European minicab driver, Vanya, tells of the trials and tribulations of those looking for love and says: “Making Vanya spurred me on to make my third short film Dead End which is now in post and also, having gone to some festivals, it has now really encouraged me to get the feature off the ground”.
In encouraging others to take the plunge Caroline advises: "If you want to make your short or feature you just have to go and do it. You will find a way. We were at a festival recently with Vanya and a young producer talked about how he made his feature film over 5 days for £25,000. That was so inspiring, and the advice he gave was ‘don’t wait for someone to fund your film just go out and shoot it’. It’s great advice, but even better when you have competitions like Homespun to help, encourage and spur you on."
The Shortlist will be announced on July 31st, following judging from the entire Homespun Team.
The Awards Evening will take place in October where the final three films will be judged by a select industry crowd including producers, directors, creative agencies and press, as well as Homespun’s panel.
Entry is open to all ages, nationalities and levels of skill.
To find out more visit: homespunyarns.tv