Promonews - 17th July 2019

Homespun, the music video and content arm of Stitch Editing, have announced the three finalists for their sixth annual film competition, Homespun Yarns, and, for the first time, mentor pairings with an established director for each finalist, to guide them through the whole filmmaking process.

Amelia Dimoldenberg, best known as the host of YouTube hit Chicken Shop Date, will make her directing debut in the Yarns competition, being mentored by six-time BAFTA nominee and two-time BAFTA winner Declan Lowney (Another Film Company); Jamie Gyngell, who recently directed the zom-com themed video for Beach Baby's Human Remains, is mentored by Keith McCarthy (Stink Films), who’s string of awards include BAFTA, D&AD, British Arrows and Cannes Lions; and Catherine Humble and Claire Norowzian, an academic and in-house creative respectively, will be making their first film for the Yarns competition, being mentored by Georgi Banks-Davies (Skunk), whose film, Garfield, played at the 2018 Sundance film festival and most recent short, The Fight, premiered at Palm Springs Film Festival. 

This year’s brief, in association with Kodak, titled “1000 words”, invited entrants to work up a story idea based on a single image that had to be central to their concept. The image was provided to Homespun Yarns by photographer Josh Kern through Kodak, and as a result, the competitoin attracted a record number of entries to the competition - more than double on previous years. A shortlist of nine met the Homespun panel and impressed them with their interpretation of the brief as well as their pitches. 

Homespun, EP Alice Clarke says the overall standard of entries was extremely high, making the job of choosing the three finalists even more difficult than previously. "As usual we had our work cut out but even more so this year given the staggering amount of entries," she commented. "We have three very special finalists and we’re looking forward to seeing how their films develop – especially with this year’s added bonus of three outstanding director mentors for them to work with.” 

The Homespun Yarns finalists for 2019 are:

Amelia Dimoldenberg - director mentor: Declan Lowney (Another Film Company)
Over the past five years, since debuting Chicken Shop Date, as a student side-project, Amelia has fronted shows for Channel 4, ITV, VICE and Copa 90. Throughout her entirely self-funded video series (26 million streams spanning 30+ episodes), she’s shared chicken nuggets and chips with some of entertainment’s heaviest hitters including Santan Dave, Wiley and Big Narstie. Amelia is now looking to explore the other side of the camera with her Yarn’s film as her directing debut.

Jamie Gyngell - director mentor: Keith McCarthy (Stink Films)
Jamie began his directing life making club promos and comedy sketches, which are probably still lurking somewhere on the internet. His film Big Dog, a grounded supernatural horror, was funded by Film London’s 'London Calling’ scheme, while Behind The Filter, a bleak view into the lonely lives of instagram influencers - made with Phoebe Walsh - is in development with Big Talk. His latest short, a contained horror called Listen To Your Mother, is shooting this Autumn.

Catherine Humble & Claire Norowzian - director mentor: Georgi Banks-Davies (Skunk)
Catherine Humble is a visiting lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Kingston University, and has a PhD on Raymond Carver. She has published numerous essays on American literature, film, and psychoanalysis, and is a longstanding arts journalist for several publications, including the TLS, the Telegraph, Prospect, and the Independent. As well as editing fiction and non-fiction, she has published poetry and short stories, and is keen to make the move into filmmaking. 
Claire Norowzian is an in house creative who started her career in broadcasting at MTV followed by Nickelodeon, where she began writing and directing promos and went on to win two children’s BAFTAs.

The entirely not for profit initiative has consistently identified the next wave of directing talent, providing finalists with a unique platform to turn their treatments into fully formed short films with the support of the industry’s foremost talent.

As well as the support from the mentors, the Yarns finalists will also benefit from a whole host of experts, including; Kodak, The Panavision Group, Wave, Performance Film & Media Insurance, Freefolk, Big Buoy and 1920.

The awards night will take place on November 21st where the final three films will be screened and winner announced.

Promonews - 17th July 2019

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