Jim Carroll

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Video thrillers wanted

Call out for young film-makers who want to create music videos

Tue, Feb 14, 2017, 14:18


Brendan Canty is a dude who knows a bit about videos. Aside from his breakthrough video for Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” (141 million views and counting), the Corkman behind Feel Good Lost has done work for acts like All Tvvins, Gavin James and Talos as well as a big number of brands and campaigns. For the second year in a row, he’s running the Youth Music Video Competition as part of the First Cut film festival in Cork.

Per Canty, “the point of it is to encourage young filmmakers to start creating music videos because it is the fastest way to learn, grow and get noticed as a director. It also helps get a music video on their reel and encourage directors to reach out to artists more.”

If you want to take part, the schedule is as follows. Send in links to your work and a pitch about yourself before February 28. The best five are invited to a workshop in Cork where they’ll be schooled in all aspects of music videos and especially DIY video-making. It’s not all theory as the five shortlisted video makers will get to work on videos for tracks by Irish artists.

It’s a win win for all involved: the acts can potentially get a free video out of it and have final say over the video, while the directors will have their finished work shown at the festival in April. You can expect a high standard of work: three of last year’s five entries from Christian Tierney, Charlie Doherty and Brendan Corcoran became official videos for The Academic, Meltybrains? and Kobina.

More information here.