Six-year-old short film competition Homespun Yarns has opened for entries. This year’s brief, in association with Kodak, is titled “1000 words”.

Entrants have to work up a story idea based on a single image (above) that must be central to their concept. The image was provided to Homespun Yarns by photographer Josh Kern through Kodak.

New to this year’s competition, each of the finalists will be paired with an established director who will mentor them through the entire film making process. The mentors are; Georgi Banks Davies (Skunk), Declan Lowney (Another Film Company) and Keith McCarthy (Stink Films).

Entrants have until 11:59pm on May 19th 2019 to submit their idea, in the form of a script, storyboard or treatment.

Three will be shortlisted and Homespun will provide £2000 funding to make each film from concept to final edit. They will be announced in June following in-house judging from the Homespun team. An awards night will take place in November at Fabric where the final three films will be screened and winner announced.

The not for profit initiative has regularly identified new directing talent. They include Dorothy Allen-Pickard, who has won numerous awards including Best UK New Director at the BFI Future Film Festival 2019, and Felix Brady who is now signed to Stink and who’s Yarns film was screened at the 2019 London Short Film Festival.

Julie Taylor-Butt, senior marketing manager at Kodak said: “At Kodak we’re passionate about supporting new talent and Homespun Yarns provides a fantastic opportunity to help new directors and editors produce outstanding, original short films. For the second year, we are offering finalists the chance to shoot on 16mm film and are thrilled that the 2019 brief is based around an image shot on Kodak film.”

Owner and Editor at Homespun, Leo King commented: “It’s inspiring to have three such talented directors on board to mentor. No other competition provides this educational journey from basic script right through to a final edit and screening event, whilst hand holding new talents as they venture into the world of film-making.”

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Staff Reporter

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