YMVC - Youth Music Video Competition 2017

YMVC 2017

First Cut! in partnership with Feel Good Lost is delighted to announce the five young emerging filmmakers selected to participate in YMVC - Youth Music Video Competition 2017.

Matthew McGuigan, Lochlainn McKenna, Rachel McGill, Nathan Barlow and directing duo Andrew McConnell and JJ McDunphy are currently creating music videos under the mentorship of noted director Brendan Canty and his producer David Lester Mooney. All five videos will be screened at the 2017 First Cut! Festival, where an award will be presented to one film selected from the five. Judges include Brendan Canty, David Lester Mooney, Louise Ní Ghamhna (Director), Piers McGrail (cinematographer), Eoin French (Talos), Stevie G, (Red FM).

The video making process is this: selected filmmakers were each given 3 or 4 songs to choose from and a brief to make a music video. After they developed their initial ideas they took part in a workshop and got to experience the reality of creating an exciting music video under the mentorship of these experienced filmmakers. Since then, the young filmmakers are each making their video with further mentoring and support from Feel Good Lost. Every style of music video is encouraged, be it narrative or experimental, live action or animation, or any combination of these.

Feel Good Lost is a multi-discipline creative company that makes cutting edge film, art and music. Brendan Canty, director of FGL, is best known for the phenomenally successful video for Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’, which was voted Video of the Year by the Irish and nominated for two MTV VMA awards. Many of FGL’s music videos have featured on the biggest music websites in the world.

First Cut! Youth Film Festival is an annual event that showcases work by young filmmakers. It takes place at the Mall Arts Centre in Youghal, Co. Cork and is running April 27th – 29th this year. 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 proved a huge success, with winners Christian Tierney and Brendan Corcoran having gone on to direct official videos for Gavin James, Meltybrains and The Academic.

Festival manager Mary McGrath explains the vision behind YMVC: “First Cut! Youth Film Festival is delighted to announce that, with the support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council, it has teamed up with Brendan Canty of Feel Good Lost once more to give young up-and-coming filmmakers the opportunity to develop their filmmaking skills with mentorship from these successful local film directors. Last year we ended up with five amazing music videos. In the end three became the official videos for the bands Meltybrains, Kobina and The Academic. The feedback and response has been really positive!  Each year First Cut sets out to support these up-and-coming filmmakers and celebrate the hard work that they put into making their short films. We want to encourage young people’s involvement in the arts and maybe provide another pathway into the Irish film industry which continues to thrive.”

To find out more about Feel Good Lost, visit their official website: feelgoodlost.me

Videos from YMVC 2016:

The Academic: Northern Boy, video by Christian Tierney

Meltybrains: Know My Name, video by Brendan Corcoran

Kobina: Big Heart, video by Charlie Doherty

"I think the format of the competition was spot on and Brendan and Conal were great. It definitely helped me a lot afterwards, I got commissioned by a record label to make a different music video a couple of months later and seeing the video from the competition was a big factor in their decision. I also learned a lot about the process of how a music video is made right from the treatment and ideas stage to release." - Christian Tierney, joint winner of YMVC 2016

"Last year, I stumbled upon a blog post on the competition. I figured I might as well apply as I’d been a fan of Feel Good Lost Films for years. With no expectations, I sent my work in, and was absolutely delighted to be chosen as one of the competitors. A group of us met at Cork Film Centre in Cork, to attend a workshop with Brendan Canty. This was incredibly fascinating and useful. Brendan told us all about his career, and gave us some great advice on the music video industry. We were sent off with a song each, and had to come up with a video that would suit the tune. It was pretty amazing to see some of the exceptionally varied talent out there, and it was such a great experience to meet all of these people (young and old) who all shared the same love for film and creativity. Me and Christian Tierney went on to win joint 1st place. Since then we collaborated on a Music Video for a band called Too Fools. Christian was camera - op and DOP and I was director and editor. It was a great success, and I thank First Cut Film Fest for bringing us together, and showing us how easily conceivable these things can be, once you have the confidence and discipline. I’m currently working in the pre-production stages on a Music Video for a group called Booka Brass Band, which I hope to shoot early next month. The First Cut Film Festival helped me understand the process of making your ideas a reality, as well as introducing me to a bunch of like - minded people, and (hopefully) future collaborators." - Brendan Corcoran, joint winner of YMVC 2016