Looking to break into the film industry? Three Minutes is a new scheme from our friends at Crack magazine and its production company, Ground Work, that is giving aspiring young directors a chance to direct their first music video.
Applications to the programme are open to unsigned directors aged 26 and under, whose work will be judged by a panel of experts. Five successful directors will then go on to create a fully-funded music video through the scheme.
Three Minutes has support from Burberry, the BFI Network, and audio brand Shure. Successful directors will be paid the London Living Wage for the entire pitching and production process, each video will have a minimum production budget of £12,000, and a majority of spaces on the scheme will be reserved for BAME directors.
As well as sending a portfolio and pitching document for an example track selected by Crack, applicants should also submit a personal statement detailing their creative aspirations as well as any barriers they’ve experienced, whether financial, geographical, due to lack of opportunity, or because of prejudice. This is to ensure applicants will benefit a lot from the scheme.
Some of the judges on the panel include Robbie Ryan, an Oscar-nominated cinematographer behind The Favourite, Marriage Story, and American Honey; Kaylum Dennis, who has directed videos for Dave, Burna Boy, and SL; filmmaker Akinola Davies and South London rapper Flohio, both former Dazed 100 entrants; Observer film critic and Dazed writer-at-large Simran Hans; and more.