Last year, music video director Brendan Canty ran a Youth Music Video competition as part of the First Cut Film Festival in Cork, with the aim of encouraging young filmmakers to make music videos.

The competition is back this year and is currently taking submissions until February 28th.

5 budding directors will be chosen and then invited to Cork to a workshop at the end of March.

Canty will then find five tracks from new Irish artists, that don’t have a video currently, selected for each director. Through this process, directors will make a video based on a real-world brief, their strengths and where they want to improve. Canty will help them through the process and work through the ideas.

The directors then have a month to make their videos before showing them at the festival from April 27th – 29th. An award for the best video is given out.

If you’re interested in applying see the First Cut website.

Last year, 3 of the five entries went on to be picked a the real videos for The Academi, Kobina and Meltybrains?.

Last years festival was a brilliant success. Out of the 5 videos 3 of them became official…including videos for The Academic, Meltybrains? and Kobina.

The Academic

Dir: Christian Tierney

Meltybrains?

Dir: Brendan Corcoran

Kobina

Dir: Charlie Doherty