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Promo News - 23rd Oct 2018

Publicis copywriter Steve Moss has won this year's Homespun Yarns film competition, following a screening night at London’s Fabric nightclub, where the audience viewed all four final films before voting for the winner.

With all filmmakers invited to enter a short film idea to Homespun Yarns 2018 based on the brief 'If', Moss was one of four directors commissioned by the London editing company Stitch and its content and music video division Homespun to make short films based on their ideas, and edited in-house. At the screening event on October 18th, his film If (Girlfriend Deluxe), won the audience vote ahead of films by Stroma Cairns (If You Knew), Daniel McKee (If You Never Answered), and Tom Loveless, Matt Wood & Billy Stickley (If It Were A Naked World).

Moss's winning film is a the story of a middle aged man who takes advantage of a future where sex robots can be ordered online - but its a process that is not as smooth as the protagonist had hoped. The film stars Devora Wilde and was edited by Stitch/Homespun editor Charlie Rotberg.

Homespun Yarns 2018 winners: editor Charlie Rotberg (left), actor Devora Wilde, and director Steve Moss  

Moss, who has described his day job as a copywriter at Publicis as ‘devising cunning ways to make the nation fatter and poorer’ was overwhelmed to be crowned the winner had this to say on the night: “I felt so lucky to be chosen and even luckier to be the winner," he said. "It was certainly a challenge to make a film on such a tight budget but so many brilliant people got behind me and made it possible. This is my first step towards a life with less ads in!”

The 2018 competition - the fifth annual Homespun Yarns - was in association with Wave and Panavision with support from, Kodak, Sohonet, Slingshot and Performance Media Insurance. Finalists were given £1500 budgetas well as support in production, post-production and editing, allowing them to work with, and learn from, some of the industry’s leading talent.

Alice Clarke, Homespun EP says: “Every year I’m blown away by how the film community comes together to make these films and how emerging talent throughout the industry work together to create such brilliant quality films. This year was no exception, the vote was incredibly close and Steve is a very worthy winner.”

Homespun Yarns 2018 finalists

If (Girlfriend Deluxe)… (WINNER)
Directed by: Steve Moss
Edited by: Charlie Rotberg
VFX: nineteen twenty
Sound: Wave 

If It Were a Naked World
Directed by: Tom Loveless, Matt Wood, Billy Stickley
Edited by: JP Blunt
Post Production: Agile Films
Sound: Wave 

If You Never Answered
Directed by: Daniel McKee
Edited by: Chris Wilson
Sound: Wave

IF You Knew
Directed by: Stroma Cairns
Edited by: Joseph Bolger
Sound: Wave

Promo News - 23rd Oct 2018

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