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.
This classic track was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s science-fiction stories.
Inspired by California and the free-spirited people of LA, the heart of this song belongs in the Golden State.
A track written about a fictional girl band, this iconic tune is a satirical take on the glitzy 1970s music scene.
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 is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and the creator of some of the most widely-viewed stop-motion films of all time.Visit channel
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.Visit channel
Parris is the director and choreographer behind Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement)’ video, with over 2 billion views on YouTube.Visit channel
The competition is now closed.
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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 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 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.