Homespun Yarns, the filmmaking competition run by London editing house Homespun, has announced that the screening party for this year's competiton will take place at the iconic London nightclub Fabric on Thursday, October 18th, and will be affiliated with the charity End Youth Homelessness, for whom they will raise money on the night.
This year's Homespun Yarns has commissioned four films, selected from a huge number of entered treatments, that explore the brief 'If'. These four films will will be screened at the party, judged by the audience on the night and overall winner announced. The winner will receive a £500 cash prize as well as the acclaim of the audience.
The fifth competition is a milestone for the team behind the Homespun Yarns, which has been supported with time, expertise and sponsorship by a number of companies: The Panavision Group, Kodak, Wave Music, MPC, Nineteen Twenty, Performance Media Insurance, Slingshot and Sohonet.
“We are especially excited this year," says Homespun EP Alice Clarke, "We’ve made it to five and now have more industry support than we could have imagined back in 2014. Not only are we creating projects for our junior editors to work on we’re opening this up to more production and post production roles through our collaborators. It’s rewarding to be a part of young filmmakers, of all backgrounds, coming together at the beginning of their careers.”
The competition screening event has become one of the most important industry nights of the year to spot young directing talent, with previous winners now enjoying huge success. Last year's winners were directing duo, Felix Brady and Ben Fallows, with their film Winston & Daisy. Brady has since been signed to Stink. "I’ve now been signed to Stink on their music video roster and this wouldn’t have happened without the competition," says Brady.
Other Homespun Yarns alumni include, Zak Razvi and Thomas Ralph who both became signed directors as a result of their Yarns films and 2017 finalist, Dorothy Allen-Pickard who’s film The Mess has won her numerous accolades including a silver Young Director Award, Open City Doc, Best UK Short and Vimeo Staff Pick.
The year's party at Fabric on October 18th, will be a night of food, drinks and fun - and the team from End Youth Homelessness charity will be collecting donations on the night, as Homespun team are also looking to do something to help disadvantaged young peoplke, as an extension of the brief to grow young directing talent.
Nick Connolly, Managing Director of End Youth Homelessness is delighted to be partnering with Homespun Yarns. “This will provide an exciting new platform for us to build awareness and raise the vital funds we need to help vulnerable young people out of desperate situations," he says. "Homeless young people have boundless potential to achieve great things. With your support, we can give them the opportunities they deserve!”
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