Radar Festival London

Radar Festival London

Help out hopeful music video directors by voting for their films at the 2007 Radar Festival London screenings, a weeklong fest featuring the best in up and coming UK music video directors. The Radar Festival is known throughout the world for producing some of the best work in amateur music videos, and people send in submissions throughout the UK and from as far off as Japan, Brazil and New Zealand.


12th January – 19th January 2007


Apple store, Regent Street

The qualifications
The videos on view at the festival are all courtesy of amateur music video directors – as long as they’ve never been paid to make a video, that is. All the videos must be made using a Mac, so PC fans and old school style editors are out of luck. The directors can choose from one of 18 tracks to set the video to, including songs by Franz Ferdinand and the Kills. Other than that, submissions are open to just about anything and everything.

Festival rundown
The Radar Festival London screenings will take place over a week at the Apple store on Regent Street. The films, which have been shortlisted from the massive amount of submissions, will be voted on by the viewers, and at the end of the week there’ll be an awards ceremony where Radar will give out some generous prizes. The event is open to the public, so wander in if you’d like to see some free music videos.

Take part
The best part of the festival is that you can influence which director will win the coveted prize. Choose your favourite film and the one you think is most deserving and the winner will get a jump start that could send them on their way to being the next big director – and they would owe it all to you.

What they win
The winners of the Radar Festival London screenings get an opportunity to get professional video commissions from recording labels like Warp, Domino and Tummy Touch, and they’ll be featured on the BBC Film Network. The grand prize winner gets £1,000 (perfect for buying new equipment for making more videos) and representation with the Colonel Blimp production company. The winner of the popular vote gets a Macbook computer - not a bad prize either.

Awards ceremony
The screenings will culminate with an awards ceremony on the 19th January. Three finalists, Kim Albright, Jonathan Hopkins and Nic Marshall, will be hosting Q&A sessions about their videos throughout at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm, which leads up into the evening event. There may even be a prize or two in it for the voters - like a 30gb video iPod - so make sure you head down and see if your favourite video made the list.

The Radar Festival London screenings will take place from Friday 12th January – Friday 19th January 2007 at 1.30pm and 5.30pm at the Apple store on Regent Street. The winner will be announced at the festival event at Friday 19th January at 7pm at the Apple store. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus. Admission is free but seating room is limited, so turn up early if you want a guaranteed seat.

Information on the 2008 festival will be available shortly. Check back soon for more details.

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