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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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Sound designer Adam Smyth brings a wealth of experience with him to String and Tins.


RATTLING STICK’S NEW BEAT.

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DARK ENERGY WELCOME SYE ALLEN.

Sye Allen says he's "ready to spread his wings" as a director by signing with Dark Energy for commercial representation.


AMANDA BLUE JOINS SKUNK FOR TRANS-ATLANTIC REPRESENTATION.

Director Amanda Blue has joined SKUNK's roster on both sides of the Atlantic.


JOHN O'HAGAN HEADS FOR 2AM.

2AM Films have signed director John O'Hagan to their roster for commercial representation.


PODCAST - DANISH DIRECTOR LAERKE HERTHONI.

Danish director Laerke Herthoni joins Jason Stone on the beach at Cannes to talk ballet and film-making.


RICH LEE ENTERS KODE.

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ALEX LILL JOINS SOMESUCH

Somesuch have signed director Alex Lill to their roster for worldwide music promo and commercial representation.


MINDSEYE LAND IBON LANDA.

MindsEye are pleased to confirm the signing of Spanish filmmaker Ibon Landa for commercial representation.


THE HOMESPUN YARNS CONTENDERS.

The team at Homespun Yarns have completed their selection process and a quartet of filmmakers will soon be shooting their scripts.


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Park Village are holding a World Cup party tonight in the garden at The Edinboro' Castle pub.


SAM MASON HEADS TO HORNET

Hornet have signed director Sam Mason to their roster for global Representation.


DARLING STAND UP FOR THE COMMON GOOD.

Darling's signing spree shows no sign of abating as the company welcome Canadian directing collective Common Good to these shores.


BORED ON THE 4TH OF JULY? COME TO CRAFTWORKS!

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CAPTAIN'S BLOG: CANNES: WE KICK IT.

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INDY8 SIGNS THE ROOS BROTHERS

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PODCAST - FEED ME LIGHT

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PARK VILLAGE UNVEIL HARRY REAVLEY.

Park Village have bolstered their roster with the signing of director Harry Reavley.


PODCAST - NICE SHIRT FILMS

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TU & NICK AND THIBAUT GREVET JOIN KNUCKLEHEAD.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT.

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PODCAST - DIANE MCARTER

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IN WITH THE 'DUBLIN OLD SCHOOL' CROWD.

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JW COLLECTIVE WELCOME PARK VILLAGE.

Production company Park Village and their stablemate Park Village Studios have joined Jane White's ensemble at JW Collective.


STRAIGHT 8 INDUSTRY SHOOTOUT 2018

In Cannes this week? For the price of a sip of Rosé, you could attend Straight 8's Industry Shootout and witness the agony of twenty companies who rashly threw their hats into the ring.


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