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A chance for new filmmakers to create the official music videos
for an Elton John classic.

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The Songs

The Songs

Elton’s music,
Bernie’s lyrics,
your vision.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their songwriting partnership, Elton John and Bernie Taupin gave new filmmakers the chance to bring their directorial flair to one of three timeless Elton hits. Winning filmmakers will receive support from YouTube and Pulse Films to turn their idea into the official music video.

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1972 video style: animation
1972 video style: animation

Rocket Man

This classic track was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s science-fiction stories.

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1971 video style: Live Action
1971 video style: Live Action

Tiny Dancer

Inspired by California and the free-spirited people of LA, the heart of this song belongs in the Golden State.

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1973 video style: Choreography
1973 video style: choreography

Bennie
and the Jets

A track written about a fictional girl band, this iconic tune is a satirical take on the glitzy 1970s music scene.

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Meet the judges

  • Elton John
  • Bernie Taupin
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg
  • Melina Matsoukas
  • Barry Jenkins

YouTube Mentors

The shortlist will be chosen by three influential YouTube creators. They’ll also be providing tips and inspiration, and creating their own unique take on the briefs.

  • PES Animation mentor

    PES is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and the creator of some of the most widely-viewed stop-motion films of all time.

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  • Kurt Hugo Schneider Live Action mentor

    Kurt is a filmmaker and musician, who has been sharing his interpretation of popular songs on YouTube for over a decade with his 7.8 million fans.

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  • Parris Goebel Choreography mentor

    Parris is the director and choreographer behind Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement)’ video, with over 2 billion views on YouTube.

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Stay up-to-date

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Jeffrey Katzenberg

Jeffrey Katzenberg is the founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation, with a film career that spans almost four decades. He is the creative force behind the studio’s biggest animated hits such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, as well as producing some of Disney’s most magical and iconic films, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.

Melina Matsoukas

Melina Matsoukas is a Grammy-award winning music video director with a distinctive, bold and provocative style. She is one of the most in-demand directors in the industry, working with the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Solange and Pharrell. In 2011, she became the Creative Director for Beyoncé’s album 4.

Barry Jenkins

Barry Jenkins is the writer director of critically acclaimed Moonlight, recipient of numerous awards and nominations including the 2017 Golden Globe for Best Picture (Drama). In addition to a WGA nomination for Best Screenplay the NYFCC, NBR and LAFCA amongst many others have awarded Jenkins Best Director for Moonlight. His feature film debut, Medicine for Melancholy, was hailed as one of the best films of 2009 and the recipient of Gotham and Independent Spirit Award nominations.