First Cut! Youth Film Festival announces 2020 YMVC Open Call
Submissions are now open for the fifth edition of the YMVC – Youth Music Video Competition! The annual competition will once again offer 5 emerging directors the opportunity to create a music video for an up and coming Irish act under the mentorship of noted director Brendan Canty (Smuggler, Antidote, Feel Good Lost) and to screen it at First Cut! Youth Film Festival in March 2020. YMVC is open nationally and invites applications now. Submissions close on 16th December at 5pm.
This year, the mentorship team expands to include Irish Film and Television Award winning director T.J. O’Grady-Peyton, and Lochlainn McKenna, a successful music video and commercials director from Cork and past YMVC winner.
The impact of the competition is tremendous for participants and
the quality of the work is nothing short of remarkable. Last year’s winning
video by Elena
Horgan was selected as the official release for
Kobina’s Shogani, and she continued to work with the artist on the video
for Unsure. Videos by the previous winners were also released by Ryan
Vail, Le Galaxie, Above Dat, The Academic, and Meltybrains. Past participants
have seen huge industry successes: Lochlainn McKenna has directed videos for
Daithí, Westlife and Keane and Christian Tierney has become Conor McGregor’s
Write 200 words about you, your background, and why you want to be a filmmaker.
Send a link to your best piece of work to-date. First Cut! looking for your unique voice as a director – submit something that best represents your style and a clear vision.
Include your email address, phone number and your date of birth.
Tell them where you heard about YMVC.
You can apply on your own or in pairs.
The selected filmmakers will take part in a day-long hands-on
workshop with Brendan Canty, T.J. O’Grady Peyton and Loclainn McKenna on Friday
January 3rd in Cork. Participants must be able to attend this
Using his extensive knowledge of the Irish music scene and network
of musicians, Brendan Canty carefully pairs a track from an up and coming
musical artist to a participating director based on their style. Briefs are
tailor made for each director, with input from the artists. So far acts such as
All Tvvins, Kobina, Ryan Vail, Le Galaxie, Tim Chadwick, Daithí, Meltybrains,
Rusangano Family and The Academic have submitted tracks. YMVC is open to music
videos of any style, be it narrative or experimental, live action or animation,
or any combination of these.
The process that each participating filmmaker will experience is
identical to the process a professional filmmaker goes through in making a
music video in the industry. Each filmmaker will submit a treatment document
explaining their idea and, with on-going mentoring and support from Brendan
Canty and his team, they make the video. In addition to gaining an amazing
video for their reel, the competition helps directors build confidence and
improve in areas of their work that need development.
Having my work analyzed by experienced professionals was intense but it absolutely pushed me to a higher level of professionalism and achievement. I am deeply grateful for the energy and support that Brendan and David put in this whole process. The workshop and festival was a major step in the quality of my work and confidence.
Alexander Kuribayashi, 2018 YMVC Winner
All five videos will be screened at The Regal Cinema, Youghal at
the 2020 First Cut! Festival on Saturday 14th March 2019. One stand-out filmmaker will be presented with an award.
Once the video is finished, the artist will decide if they want to
use it as the official video for their track. The goal is for the artist to get
a music video that they are happy with, and for the director to get high
quality video for their reel. But either way, it’s a win / win situation for
Canty was named one of the 50 most creative people
in Ireland by the Irish Times and is widely known for the phenomenally
successful video for Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’ – a powerfully emotive film
which went viral and has over 700 million views, two MTV VMA nominations for
Best Direction and Best Rock Video, and was voted Video of the Year by the
Irish Times. Canty recently signed with Smuggler and spends his time between
Ireland and NYC. His latest short CHRISTY premiered at Cork Film festival and
was funded by Screen Irlend. His short For You was nominated for a 2018 IFTA
Film & Drama Award, and won Best Irish Short at the Kinsale Sharks. Also
represented by Irish company Antidote, Canty has directed videos for bands like
Talos, Saint Sister, Dermott Kennedy and All Tvvns. Commercially, he has
directed campaigns for the likes of Budweiser, Sky Sports, Lloyd’s Bank and
Three Mobile. Last year, he directed a campaign video for the President of
Ireland Michael D. Higgins.
industry recognition in 2013 when he was shortlisted at the YDA in Cannes after
graduating from the London Film Schools filmmaking MA program. Since then, he’s
directed work all over the world for clients such as Asics, Volkswagen,
Gatorade, Diesel, Good Year, GoreTex and BMW. He has been recognised by the
Webby Awards, the Clio’s, the Art Director’s Club Award and the AICP. TJ
received the Discovery Award by the Dublin Film Festival. His short films have
screened in festivals such as Tribeca and Clermont Ferrand, and his short
film “Wave” was picked up by The New Yorker after winning an IFTA for Best
Short in 2018. Last year, TJ was invited to take part in a filmmaking
masterclass with Werner Herzog in the Amazon, Peru and was a participant in Les
Nuits en Or 2019 hosted by the French Academy of Film (The Cesars).
McKenna (A.K.A Locky) is a music video
and commercials director from Cork. He was the 2017 winner of YMVC and that
success propelled him to win 5 Kinsale Shark Awards in the next 3 years,
including: Best New Director, Best Low Budget Music Video (x2), Best Editing
and Best Cinematography. In 2018, Locky won two Emerging Director Awards, and
his video for Daithí received a Vimeo Staff Pick. Another collaboration with
Daithí led to a prestigious nomination at the 2019 UK Music Video Awards. Locky
has worked with world renowned acts such as Westlife and Keane. Commercially he
has directed TV commercials and online content for brands such as Heineken,
Toyota, Aldi and Sky.
First Cut! Youth Film Festival is an
annual event that showcases and celebrates work by young filmmakers. It takes
place at the Regal Cinema and the Mall Arts Centre in Youghal, Co. Cork and is
running March 11th-14th, 2020. This vibrant festival is supported by the Arts
Council, Cork County Council and Cork Film Centre. In 2016 First Cut!
introduced a new focus on music video by creating YMVC with Feel Good Lost.
This exciting and distinctive event within the festival continues to be a huge