Boom. Just like that, another successful Edit Fest has come and gone. 2021’s competition was fierce; Calica’s music brought out the best in you. We’ve seen inventive and inspired edits over the last month.
We were wowed and surprised by so many of your artistic choices, story decisions, and technical moves. Kudos to all of you! We are so thankful to each and every one of you who took the time to craft an edit this year. The bar was raised, folks, and we’re proud to have been a part of it.
And, finally, please join us in thanking this year’s judges, an incredible “who’s who” of industry pros and creative powerhouses.
We asked you to cut a music video for up-and-coming indie artist Calica using footage shot by notable director Alex Cook. Over 1000 of you did, and we watched every single one of them. Our esteemed panel of industry judges selected the winners using a grading rubric to score for the following categories:
Storytelling: Does the edit connect emotionally? Is the storyline communicated effectively?
Rhythm: Does the pacing of the edit complement and enhance the story?
Creativity: Is the style of the edit unique? Was the story told in a compelling way?
And now, here we are. Without further ado, here are this year’s Edit Fest winners and a few comments from our judges.
Winner: Joe CK Jacob
“Beautifully done. The prologue is beautiful, setting up the idea of moving in and out of a dream state.”
Winner: Leonardo Placucci Neto
“Bold and intentional choices, yet still sophisticated and not overdone. Good use of a spectrum of colors. Nice rich contrast.”
Winner: Sena Terefe
“I love the greyscale effect with the lead female character and watching her come to life with his touch. This is something that could look not so great if done poorly—but you nailed the effect.”
Winner: The A Team | Mediamonks
Again, our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s competition. There were so many fantastic submissions, and it was an absolute delight to be reminded once more of the astonishing level of talent and creativity that exists in this community. We’re already talking about how to make next year’s Edit Fest even better, so If you’d like to stay in the loop, sign up for updates here.