Filmmakers and musicians unite to create music videos in just two weeks
The South Yorkshire Filmmakers’ Network (SYFN) is back for its sixth annual 2Weeks2Make It where talented filmmakers and cutting edge musicians are brought together to create a music video in just two weeks, for the chance to win coveted prizes.
This competition is just one arm of activity run by the not-for-profit SYFN which promotes filmmaking events across the region. Co-founded by notable Brooklyn-born producer Rob Speranza, whose work includes feature and short films, SYFN creates monthly networking opportunities for likeminded individuals, including screenings celebrating the work of local filmmakers.
Those wishing to take part in 2Weeks2Make It have until Friday 14th June to enter. Applications can be made through the SYFN website which must include links to music production and/or video show reels. Musicians are charged £85 to enter and filmmakers £25, which also buys them membership to SYFN. Existing SYFN members can enter for free.
The unique thing about the competition is that the team at South Yorkshire Filmmaker’s Network randomly match up successful applicants to create a music video culminating in eclectic results. Filmmakers are not permitted to choose their preferred musicians or vice-versa.
Around 20 pairings are expected to compete to make the best music video to win sought-after prizes including a full day recording at Old Pig Farm Studios, Sheffield; a distribution deal for a song or video release; free film equipment hire from Pro Vision, Leeds; cases of beer from Peak Ales, Chatsworth, plus more prizes which are being added through June and July.
The competition kicks off with a launch event on 21 June at Electric Works, Sheffield, where the random drawing of team names will take place. Industry talks and seminars will be held offering advice from experts on how to make a great video and how to avoid age-old clichés, followed by an evening of drinks, food and live music.
2Weeks2Make It will reach its climax on 15 July at the Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, where each of the finalists’ videos will be screened to members of the public and a panel of experts as they vote for the winner.
2Weeks2Make It brings together South Yorkshire’s creative community and allows teams of professional filmmakers and musicians to make long lasting connections. The event has been well attended for the past six years which is testament to the sheer quality and calibre of talent that join together for the event.
For more details and submissions forms, visit https://www.syfn.org/events-competitions/2weeks2makeit/