BFI Network is teaming with Crack Magazine to find the music video directors of the future. We’re looking for unsigned directors aged 26 and under to apply for Three Minutes, a new incubator scheme for young filmmakers that’s designed to help open doors into the film industry. Five successful directors will go on to create a fully-funded music video through the scheme.

The aim is to help young talent with their first steps into the industry, with a focus on aspiring directors from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds. Directors selected for Three Minutes will receive a minimum budget of £12k and be paired with like-minded artists to develop their idea.

As Crack Magazine puts it: “Music videos define movements and have provided some of the most iconic moments in music culture. Three Minutes is a commitment to the celebration and furthering of this craft.”

To apply, aspiring young directors need to create a short pitch document for an example track alongside a personal statement and portfolio of 2 to 3 previous artistic works. The example tracks are:

Panellists on the scheme include Oscar-winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan (The Favourite, Marriage Story); Observer film critic Simran Hans; grime video veteran Kaylum Dennis; award-winning Oscar Hudson, who has created videos for Radiohead and Young Thug; and BFI Network’s Caragh Davison. 

The deadline for applications is 23:59 (GMT) on Wednesday 16 September.

Originally published: 15 September 2020