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Finalists for Homespun Yarns 2022 announced

Finalists for Homespun Yarns 2022 announced

Promonews - 1st June 2022

Homespun has announced the four finalists for Homespun Yarns, the editing company's annual initiative for identifying the next wave of directing talent. 

Now in its seventh iteration - and returning after a two-year break - this year’s edition of Homespun Yarns in association with Kodak and Slingshot Intergalactic. Entrants were invited to submit scripts for short films, basing their idea on several Greek Myths, ranging from Pandora to Midas. Competitors then took elements from these classic tales to make their own legend. 

Homespun has selected four aspiring directors to create their own professional short film, picked from the exceptional number and quality of entries submitted. A shortlist of ten met the Homespun panel, impressing with their unique takes on the brief as well as their pitching skills. Such was the standard of the competition, Homespun decided to select four finalists this year, rather than the usual three. 

"We’re delighted that Yarns is back, and we really had our work cut out selecting our finalists this year!" says Tim Hardy, co-owner of Homespun. "Having received some truly exceptional entries, it only felt right to open up the final and include an extra finalist. We’ve ended up with four fantastic ideas, and with two of our finalists making their directing debuts, we’re looking forward to seeing how they all develop throughout the process.” 

The Yarns finalists for 2022 are: 

Ashley Hamilton and Bex Connyngham-Hynes

A very international duo, Bex is half-Australian, half-American and working at Pablo London;  While Ashley is half-Liverpudlian, half-Filipino and working at Droga5. Making their directing debut in Yarns, the pair have already been involved in several major projects for Brewdog, Diet Coke and The Euros, creating everything from puppets to a Matrix style time warp. On being selected as Yarns finalists, they said: “We are very grateful for the opportunity to direct our first comedy short, and we're feeling a mixture of excitement, excitement and excitement."

Naomi George

A freelance marketing and new business specialist who has worked at Blink, Knucklehead and The Line Animation, Naomi can’t wait to get started on her directorial debut: “Woah - This is one for the books. I’m equal parts terrified and excited, but I can’t wait to get this made!”

Emma Parkinson

Emma is a BFI Film Academy alum and former BAFTA mentee, whose short film Et Tu won Best Young UK Filmmaker at the Shakespeare Film Festival. As a writer, she has recently co-written a short with NFTS director Hannah Lahren, which is currently in post-production. She says that she is “massively mega-happy to have had the Yarns Gods smile down upon this upcoming short [and] can’t wait to get stuck in."

Carys Thomas and Thorbjørn Kragh

A duo starting out on their directing careers, Carys and Thor are currently working at Karmarama and Anomaly respectively. Selected for their script ‘It’s not you, it’s me’, they can’t wait to start their Yarns journey: “We are thrilled to be Homespun Yarns finalists as we have always been fans of the amazing work that comes out of the competition. Plus, any opportunity to make a film is a big hell yeah from us!”


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