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THE HOMESPUN YARNS CONTENDERS.
3 July 2018

The team at Homespun Yarns have completed their selection process and a quartet of filmmakers will soon be shooting their scripts. As regular readers know, DAVID yields to no one in his admiration of this competition and - in its first four iterations - it has already proven to be a brilliant launching pad for young talent.

So, it's genuinely exciting to be sent details of the 2018 contenders.

As always, the competition drew an eclectic range of applications and those judged by the selection panel to be the most creative of the many received are (in no particular order):


1. Steve Moss



Steve's day job is at Publicis where he works as a copywriter, so he ought to know his way around a script. As he describes his role as "devising cunning ways to make the nation fatter and poorer" he unsurprisingly keen to make a film which won't feature a brand's logo.


2. Daniel McKee



A 2014 graduate of Bournemouth University's highly-rated film course, Daniel has spent the last four years as a jobbing director and visual artist. Already in possession of a coveted Vimeo Staff Pick for his film 'Mona Lisa Selfie', he has also created the Directors' Library - a super new online platform.


3. Stroma Cairns



The sole female director this year is also the only contender already signed by a major film production company... and she's Prettybird's Stroma Cairns. Considered a directing star in the ascendancy, she'll have to be installed as the bookies' favourite.


4. Matt Wood, Tom Loveless, Billy Stickley



This trio of agency creatives say they've spent the past seven years expanding on each and every thought they have ever had... and now they're hoping to exploit this weird creative symmetry to pick up the plaudits, the love and the giant cheque at this year's Homespun Yarns finalé.



All the previous finalists' films can be watched on Homespun Yarns' Vimeo channel, including 'Winston & Daisy' (above) - last year's winner.

Further proof of the competition's kudos came last month in Cannes when Dorothy Allen-Pickard won a Silver at the Young Directors Awards for her Homespun Yarns' film 'The Mess'.


Homespun Yarns provides a fantastic opportunity to help new directors and editors produce outstanding, original short films

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Leo King, who co-owns Homespun's sister company Stitch Editing is proud of how the Yarns initiative has developed: "the idea this year is to educate young filmmakers through our associations and supporters. We are incredibly lucky to be working with Wave Studios, Panavision, Direct Digital, Kodak, Freefolk, MPC and The Mill, who will all be involved to advise our directors and guide them through their areas of excellence."

The involvement of Kodak and Panavision is particularly interesting as it's providing the contenders with opportunity to shoot on 16mm film stock.

According to Julia Taylor-Butt - a senior marketing manager at Kodak, the company is "passionate about supporting new talent" and she says: "Homespun Yarns provides a fantastic opportunity to help new directors and editors produce outstanding, original short films".

DAVID REVIEWS will be charting the progress of the filmmakers this year and there will be a podcast released a few days after the winner is chosen by attendees at a special event held at the Ministry of Sound in the autumn.

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JOHN TURNER ARRIVES AT DARK ENERGY.

Seasoned commercials director and lapsed cricketer John Turner is the latest to join Matt Brown's contingent at Dark Energy.


HORNET SIGNS DIRECTOR CÉSAR PELIZER

Top animation studio Hornet have added London-based Brazilian director César Pelizer to their roster.


IT'S JIM WEEDON FOR DARLING FILMS.

Director Jim Weedon has joined Darling Films for commercial representation.


SPIKE MORRIS EMERGES AT VISION.

Up-and-coming director of photography Spike Morris is the latest to join Vision's ETV (Emerging Talent at Vision) roster.


HEAR, HEAR FOR AUDIO DESCRIPTION.

Some of the UK's biggest television networks have joined together to support the Royal National Institute of Blind People's campaign for improved access to audio description (AD).


FRED SCOTT AT
ARCHER'S MARK.

Director Fred Scott is on the roster at Archer's Mark. Though known primarily for his documentary work, there's a lot more to him than that.


THE SWEETSHOP SIGN JAKOB MARKY

The Sweetshop have signed director Jakob Marky for global representation, excluding Europe.


BEN HOLMAN IS LIVE AT ITN PRODUCTIONS.

ITN's foray into commercial production now has respected filmmaker Ben Holman along for the ride.


TWO JOIN OB MANAGEMENT

OB Management have announced a pair of new signings: events and production company HELO and director Carlos Lopez Estrada.


T J O'GRADY-PEYTON JOINS HEY WONDERFUL.

Irish director T J O'Grady-Peyton has joined Hey Wonderful for commercial representation through Darling Films.


RONDA JOINS NOT TO SCALE

Not To Scale have signed directing trio Ronda to their roster for UK and US representation.


STRAIGHT 8'S BIG LONDON SHOW

Fans of Straight 8's unique format will be pleased to know they can commune with fellow fans at next Saturday's major event at the NFT on London's South Bank.


NEXUS STUDIOS SIGN LUCAS ZANOTTO.

Nexus Studios have signed Lucas Zanotto for exclusive representation in the UK, US and Amsterdam.


PAPAYA FIND A TIGER IN A JAR.

Papaya Films have added directing duo and foodies Tiger in a Jar to their roster.


CAL GORDON'S BURNING AMBITION LEADS TO MISSION CREEP.

Cal Gordon is a young man in a hurry. You'd think that being co-owner of a successful film production company would keep him busy but that hasn't stopped him opening a separate post production company.


TRAKTOR BOYS KICK UP AT STINK

Directing collective Traktor have consolidated their relationship with Stink by signing up for global representation.


LIGHT + MATHEMATICS FOR NERD

NERD Productions have signed Peter Szewczyk under Light + Mathematics for representation.


ALL EYES ON LEE THOMAS AT VISION.

Vision have added cinematographer Lee Thomas to their ETV (Emerging Talent at Vision) roster.


TWO THROUGH THE DOOR AT JELLY LONDON.

Jelly London are pleased to announce the arrivals of French director and animator Geoffroy de Crécy and Swedish illustrator Alva Skog.


PARTIZAN ENLIST JAKE OLESON.

Filmmaker Jake Oleson is the latest to join the ranks at Partizan for commercial representation.


A-MNEMONIC RIDING HIGH ON LOVE ISLAND SUCCESS.

The cultural phenomenon that is 'Love Island' hasn't just had the staff at ITV celebrating its success.


FULL CIRCLE.

Advertising industry legend Tracy Stokes has spent her entire career supporting creativity, and now she's doing the same thing away from the business.


FAT LEMON ADDS COMEDY KUDOS WITH ADDITION OF JIM OWEN.

Fat Lemon adds comedy kudos with addition of Jim Owen.


ANDERS HALLBERG ARRIVES AT YOU ARE HERE.

Swedish director Anders Hallberg has joined You Are Here for commercial representation.


NICO BEYER AND JIM FIELD SMITH JOIN ARMOURY

Armoury have signed Nico Beyer and Jim Field Smith to their roster for commercial representation.


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