Culture Devices Music News Nokia, , , , , , , , — February 15, 2013 15:38 — 1 Comment

Going underground with Nokia Music

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“Do you have what it takes to make us feel that music makes life better and champion the joy of discovery? Is there a uniquely dominant musical identity and an authentic sound to your city? If so, we are looking forward to experiencing how the cultures that come together shape the sounds and music coming from your part of the world.” – Nokia Music team


We have long been impressed with Nokia and its support for young musicians. Way back in 2011 it organised a series of summer music sessions for bands using the much-loved Nokia N8 to record their videos and get them shown on the Nokia website.

More recently Nokia Music teamed up with the Sundance Film Festival and commissioned some of the world’s most respected independent directors to produce ‘New American Noise’, a unique six-part documentary which shines a light on the underground music scene in six American cities.

Nokia Music has now announced it has expanded the initiative and is looking to find the next set of underground tribes, by launching a short-film competition in association with creative website Talenthouse and Sundance London (2013), challenging filmmakers and directors across the globe to capture the underground music scenes in their cities.

To take part all filmmakers simply need to do is upload an original (new or existing) short video trailer (15 sec – 1 min) visualizing the underground music scene in their chosen city. “Think of this trailer as an audition, which showcases your concept,” the organisers say.

“Nokia, in association with Sundance London (2013), is looking for creative ideas that will really push the boundaries of the camera and the possibilities of mobile filmmaking.

“The panel of judges are looking for the amazing, the unusual and the unknown. It might be a unique musical identity or an authentic sound from a city. Today’s music landscape is more vibrant and eclectic than ever before, so ideally it should also show cultures coming together and shaping the tracks coming from their part of the world.”

Two winning filmmakers will receive a $5,000 production budget each, along with two Lumia 920 phone handsets. And, for the final chosen winner, there is an additional grand prize of $5,000 up for grabs.

Both winners will have an all-expenses paid trip to Sundance London (2013) where their films will premiere at the festival, along with a mentoring session with one of the noted judges.

All styles of filmmaking and approaches are welcome, just make sure you clearly describe what you intend to create, the organisers state.

Submit your trailer by: 14 March, 2013 10am PST

• Website: Submit a short film for Nokia and the Sundance London Film and Music Festival 2013

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