Spike Island video shoot up for grabs

Young bands are being given a chance to win a music video shoot on Spike Island as part of an exciting competition.

First Cut! Youth Film Festival has invited bands from Co Cork to submit their proposals to the Spike Music Video Competition.

Festival coordinator Mary McGrath said bands must submit songs and proposals outlining how they would feature the striking buildings of Fort Mitchell and the special setting of Spike Island in Cork Harbour in their music videos.

A panel of judges will choose the best seven songs and creative ideas based on the quality of the songs and the bands’ creative approach.

Each band will then be supported by a professional film maker who will work with them through filming and post-production.

The music videos will be premiered during the First Cut film festival in Cobh in October.

There are also plans to have the seven bands perform on the bandstand on Cobh’s promenade during the film festival.

But Ms McGrath said that for the first year of the competition, entry will be restricted to young bands from Cork county only.

“We’re currently looking for bands, groups or ensembles of all genres to apply for this event,” she said.

She urged bands to contact festival organisers by email at firstcutfilm@ gmail.com.

First Cut! Youth Film Project works in association with Cork Film Centre and is funded by The Arts Office of Cork County Council and South and East Cork Area Development Ltd.

The First Cut! Film Festival also receives financial assistance from the Arts Council.

* To see a promotional video, log onto: www.vimeo.com/45467385

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