David Knight - 29th May 2015

Following its successful launch year in 2014, Homespun and Stitch have announced the opening of entries for the second year of Homespun Yarns - a filmmaking competition conceived when commercial editing house Stitch launched Homespun last year as an ideas-first editing collective aimed at nurturing young talent and support the best creative ideas, regardless of budget. 

Now for the second year of Homespun Yarns, Homespun is inviting all-comers to enter their ideas for a short film. The brief is ‘Remember That Idea You Had’, and Homespun are looking for those stories — the scripts left unwritten, the ideas in the back of your minds, bags and closets – and will offer funding of £1500 each to three winning ideas, and free editing, if so required. A further £500 prize will go to the overall winning film. 

The competition is now open for submissions until June 30th. The shortlist will then be announced on 1st August following in- house judging from the entire Homespun team. The awards evening will take place in October where the final three films will be judged by the audience and Homespun’s panel. Music company Room 24 are also joining this year’s roster of supporting parties, providing audio assistance for the three shortlisted entrants.

“The great thing about Homespun Yarns is you never know what kind of project is going to come in." - Tim Hardy

Last year’s winner, Zak Razvi - executive music video producer at Pulse Films - picked up a number of impressive accolades following the first Homespun Yarns competition. His film JORDANNE (about wheelchair-bound tennis player Jordanne Whiley) won Best Short at The London Independent Film festival and has since been nominated and screened at over 11 film festivals globally, including Sheffield Doc Fest, London Short Film Festival & Dublin International Film Festival.

"I never expected the film to become as big as it has," says Zak Razvi. "More than anything I hope it’s helped Jordanne finally get some proper recognition for her remarkable achievements, and I’m grateful to her, Homespun and everyone involved in the film. If I could give any advice to this year’s applicants it would be, if you’re passionate about an idea, submit it. You’ll be surprised how generous and supportive people can be and Homespun Yarns is a great platform to get your work out there.” 

Stitch co-founder and editor Tim Hardy adds: “The great thing about Homespun Yarns is you never know what kind of project is going to come in. Last year we had everything from animations, documentaries to even an art installation. We’ve kept the brief quite open again, so we are hoping for another crop of exciting unexpected ideas!” 

• For more information about Homespun Yarns or to submit a project, please visit www.homespunyarns.tv  

David Knight - 29th May 2015

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