Talent-nurturing competition opens for its fourth and biggest year yet
Film competition, Homespun Yarns, returns for its fourth successive year, the talent-nurturing competition seeks to support up-and-coming filmmakers and young editors by giving them a space to work on creative projects and form important relationships. Open to anyone from school students right through to fully fledged producers and directors, Homespun Yarn’s will fund four short films this summer.
Since entering the competition as budding filmmakers, Homespun Yarns’ previous winners have all gone on to become fully-fledged directors. 2014 winner Zak Razvi was a music video producer when he submitted his film Jordanne to Homespun Yarns. Blowing the crowd away with his directorial debut, Zak went on to win an impressive number of awards and accolades at film festivals globally, including Best Documentary at Kinsale Sharks and the Shots Best New Director Award. He is now represented by a major London production company. 2015’s winning entry, the heart-warming comedy, ‘Vanya’, was Caroline Hicks’ second short film. She’s now in the midst of directing a feature. 2015 also saw the youngest ever entrant, sixth-former Florence Winter-Hill, shortlisted and funded in 2015.
Commenting on the experience Florence says: “I absolutely loved doing the Homespun Yarns competition – it was so wonderful to work with everyone at Stitch and the experience was incredible. For a 17 year-old it was a huge opportunity! I learnt an invaluable amount and loved every second. Since Homespun Yarns I’ve been signed as a director at Sugarcane Media for music videos, commercials and shorts. I’m currently 18 and only recently left studying A-levels, so this was a huge deal for me. I’ve been working full time as a VFX Production Assistant at Industrial Light & Magic on the VFX of Star Wars VIII for 5 months now too. I’m also shooting a 20 minute short film that I have been working on for over a year now, starring Les Miserable’s ‘Young Cossette’, Isabelle Allen!”
Last year, a record number of filmmakers submitted their ideas for a short film inspired by Lyves’ haunting track, ‘Darkest Hour’, for which the editing collective partnered with Wave Music. The four shortlisted films were screened at the Ministry of Sound to an audience of over 350 people, including industry professionals and press, who voted Thomas Ralph’s topical post-Brexit documentary on Britain’s youth as the winning film.
Homespun Yarns is a competition run by editing collective Homespun. The collective was created to shine a light on the creative projects – music videos and short films – that can sometimes be overlooked in favour of commercial budgets. It crucially enables the younger editors at mother-company, STITCH, to start all-important director-editor relationships, without which, it can be difficult to kick-start a career.
This year’s theme will be announced along with the call for entries on March 22nd
For more information about Homespun and how to enter please contact Alice Clarke, e: email@example.com t: +44 (0)20 3056 5000