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Radar Festival opens today at the Apple Store

The 10 finalist's videos are screening every day in the Apple cinema space from now til 19th January at 1.30 and 5.30pm. People can vote for favourites in-store. Kim Albright, Jonathan Hopkins and Nic Marshall, 3 of the finalists will each be doing a Q&A session about their videos at 2,4 and 6pm on the 19th. At 7pm on the 19th there'll be the last screening of all the videos. Then we've got a screened interview with lovely Dougal Wilson, going through some of his pitches, ideas and storyboards. We're showing a rare video - one that got him into Colonel Blimp and his latest fab Jarvis video. Then it's the awards, when winners of representation with Colonel Blimp, Domino Warp and TT commissions and £1,000 are announced. Hope you can come, Caroline, promoter

judidit, January 12, 2007 3:30:38 PM CET

am i missing something or is it as simple as it is in my impression?
everyone who votes has the chance to win a 30gb ipod - but how about the voting process?? one can vote on the site without the possibility of watching the videos if visiting the apple store is not possible. so just vote for anyone without knowing anything about the video - fine.
if this is what it seems it is the most silliest competition i've seen for a loong time!

ai, January 12, 2007 4:10:49 PM CET

Where are the fucking videos?
so the whole interweb can see and judge.
lame, really.

hassinator, January 12, 2007 6:04:24 PM CET

ah its good to be back on antville seeing the usual love and positivity...

from what i've seen the standard is very high and i dare say they will all be available on antville soon after the winner is announced - they are all definitely worth a look as they've been made on no budget and on peoples own time

as the record companies put up the records and blimp will be repping the winner i think its probably fair enough if we vote on this ourselves but i'm sure everyone will feel very free to tell us how if get it wrong

im pleased to say the whole process has been a very worthwhile experience

edcrane, January 12, 2007 7:45:09 PM CET

I was at the first screening today. Worth going if you're in town. I thought at least half of them were good and a few were great. Shame it wasn't in a proper cinema.

petulia, January 13, 2007 1:56:47 AM CET

I went today as well. I feel bad for the filmmakers. It's not a good venue, and most people were having trouble remembering which videos went with which names (making it hard to vote properly). But yeah, there was some good work there. A couple were just god awful, though. I wonder how many people submitted.

crymercy, January 13, 2007 10:29:19 AM CET


ai, January 13, 2007 12:01:58 PM CET

Well i'm upset because i feel people working for free should get some consideration;
-from day one no mp3 to listen to on the rader website, no previews, no material, flaky email system. Independent people actually had to put the files online FOR YOU.

-no "real" public screening (the finalists could get some publicity or be noticed by other companies as well. That the least you can do for them if you care so much) Again people outside the festival will put the videos online FOR YOU. Hello this is the interweb 2007 you can do more than sending emails and put jpegs on a website.

Look at the radar website and see how serious their site is and you'll get the idea.

carolinebottomley, January 13, 2007 5:56:11 PM CET

hello lovely antvillers

I've been doing this festival for free since I started it last year. It gets done weekends, late evenings, early mornings, round a paying job and other Life. Lots of people are helping out with things, which is great, but no-one has been paid for anything in all of this (except a small fee to the website designer because my design skills are pretty crap). Do show some consideration, please.

Warp very kindly hosted mp3s on their site so people could listen to them there - is that what you mean about mp3s being put up for you? I've asked people not to post videos online without getting copyrights OK'd, and I'm checking whether labels/artists want to pick up any of people's videos first, but there's not a problem putting them up per se. Apple are providing some prizes to encourage people to visit in-store and vote, so you can only vote from screens in store.

Honestly. Whats all the antagonism about? I mean you don't have to enter the festival. And why are you feeling sorry for the directors? A whole load of people thought it was worth it for them to enter and see if they could win repping with Colonel Blimp or a commission with Warp, or Domino, Tummy Touch. There were more than 200 people entered from across the world. There's been loads of feedback from people saying they really appreciate having a shot at some route into production other than hoping someone sometime gets to watch their showreel. A lot of people have said they can't believe there's chance of getting repped through this.

You don't like the website? Well it's basic and I can update it, I think it looks nice actually.
You don't like that it's not in a cinema? It's unusual to have it a festival in a store, so it gets attention too. I'd rather it be unusual than just another show. It's free too. If I put it in a cinema there'd be a hire fee and then there'd be a door fee.
You don't like that you can't see the videos and vote? Maybe I can get that sorted next year. But still the main point of this is that directors get in front of labels and Colonel Blimp. They're going up on BBC Film Network after the awards, so you can see them there if you're not in central London next week.

Anyway, it is what it is. A little home made, but friendly, polite and I hope helpful to some of the people who've taken part. We'll see, time will tell. I think the finalist videos are great, I this some of them are fantastic. I think some of the ones that aren't on that list are fantastic too and I'm hoping Radar can help get them some exposure too.

peace, love and world harmony

progosk, January 17, 2007 3:02:34 PM CET

radar entry: Clark "Herr Bar", Dir. Claire Carré (aka clairesquare). (via dekku)
any others out there?

progosk, January 17, 2007 4:45:06 PM CET

radar entries in the wild (u2b only):

hey radar-lazies, what do i win fer doin' yer job?

familiar, January 17, 2007 5:06:17 PM CET

That Grizzly Bear video is really nice.

That isn't Tom Vek, by the way. :) Souvenir is the band.

boey, January 18, 2007 3:28:10 AM CET

progosk: The reason nobody's posted their video is because radar has asked everyone not to, until after the contest is over. They've said some artists may be interested in purchasing some of the videos, not necessarily the winners only... Don't know how likely that actually is although.

lusk81, January 18, 2007 4:53:17 AM CET

Why would an artist purchase a video already on utube? In fact, if I was a label, I wouldn't purchase any of them. Instead, let the filmmaker/creator know that we 'approve' of it and that he/she can use it on his/her reel knowing it'll be on the net shortly.

Thank you for making a promo out of your own pocket. We'll take that. Maybe next year you'll win an ipod.

What rot.

Caroline/Hass: I completely understand that you guys are very excited about the contest, but that's obvious from your standpoint. Realistically speaking, progosk (and Dek!) has done more to support these young directors than your entire getup has.

progosk, January 18, 2007 9:15:37 AM CET

boey: the "labels might buy it" wasn't ever mentioned as part of the original agreement, and thus sounds totally unlikely. though i understand throttling channels can well be part of a strategy, my jury's still out on whether it was the right decision here.

lusk: actually i think the blimp repping was as strong a motivation as is currently imaginable. a couple of posts on a couple of blogs + u2b - not sure that's really competition in this case...

clairesquare, January 18, 2007 10:11:01 PM CET

Hi all-

I didn't put my video up on dekku, for the record. They must have grabbed it from my portfolio site. Yeah, I've been holding off putting it up on Antville. I thought Neil Krug's (same song) was nice.

It does seem like, especially considering the remarks about the high quality of the entries, it would be in the Radar Festival's best interest (and the label's too- free publicity), to have the videos available online. Even if they end up not being chosen as the official video for the song, it still builds interest for the bands, I would think, for potential fans to see that a lot of people put a good deal of time into different visualizations.

I know at least 3 people personally who submitted entries for the same song. It would be great to see them all together, and I think it would benefit the Radar Fest and the artists.

hassinator, January 19, 2007 6:11:02 PM CET

lots of interesting comments but please remember this is the first radar, its not backed by any money and caroline has pretty much done the whole thing on her own

we will try and post all the finalists on antville next week - quicktimes from the directors will really help speed this process up! - and then i look forward to full and frank feedback from everyone

i've just been rewatching my own faves this afternoon as the competition is decided tonight and i've got to say i'm very impressed by the quality on show

i hope some of you can make it down this evening but if not i hope you all enjoy the winners as much as we do

progosk, January 20, 2007 10:03:40 AM CET

radar finalists (via promonews):

  • KazCai - The Kills, Passion Is Accurate
  • James Healy - Clark, Herr Barr
  • Kim Albright - Souvenir (aka Tom Vek), There Is Only One Thing Left Now
  • Jonathan Hopkins - Four Tet, A Joy
  • Ben Adam - Jackson and His Computer Band, Oh Boy
  • Steven Huber - Franz Ferdinand, Outsiders
  • Finbar Mallon - Clark, Herr Barr
  • Nic Marshall - The Kills, Passion Is Accurate
  • Alex Garcia and Wayne Yip - Quasi, Peace and Love
  • Paul Clements - Four Tet, A Joy

kevathens, January 20, 2007 1:54:50 PM CET

Nope, I doubt it's that Alex. I don't think he's trying to break into film anymore. ???

kevathens, January 20, 2007 2:44:57 PM CET

DragonPunch aka Wayne Yip will post that vid soon, it seems.

hassinator, January 20, 2007 3:36:50 PM CET

we will try and get them all up on monday

winner of blimp representation is james healy; kim albright won the tummy touch prize; pretty sure ben adam won the warp prize; alex garcia and wayne yip won the domino prize; the people's choice and were also dougal's favourite

back to my hangover and liverpool stuffing chelsea...

edcrane, January 20, 2007 3:37:27 PM CET

Here they are on the BBC Film Network:

kevathens, January 20, 2007 3:56:01 PM CET

The winners look really good, hass. Looking forward to seeing them in higher quality! BBC's audio is total trash, unfortunately.

carolinebottomley, January 20, 2007 6:35:08 PM CET


just to let you know, two out of three of labels have said they'll consider paying a fee for promos they like and want to use, the other one is thinking about it. It'll be a while until there's any more news on this front, they/the artists have got to see the non-finalist videos first.

It was never meant as a main incentive to take part in Radar, I only thought about after the submission deadline as there were so many great videos that didn't get through to the shortlists even. Everyone that entered did it I think to have a shot at winning one of the three label commissions and getting repped by John, so this is an extra.

Getting labels/artists to pay for already made promos for back catalogue would be a great principle to establish. I don't imagine it'll be a source of particularly great wealth for anyone (but you never know), but if a label/artist likes a promo and will pay to use it to help generate sales for themselves, I think that's a good principle to establish. I think if that's possible, it's better than just a you tube....

carolinebottomley, January 20, 2007 6:36:36 PM CET

ps, it was Ben Adam won the Warp commission!

progosk, January 20, 2007 10:57:33 PM CET

ok, jury's in: hats off to caroline, hass &all.
looks like radar1.0 managed to wrangle all the usual contest ingredients in an unusually solid manner.
winners (and others) look like real quality work for once, and the bbc online mini-feature would be perfect, if it weren't for the fact that their streams are just excruciating (hard to believe they still consider it a service) - tho the accompanying notes&info are def worth it.

alexgarcia, January 21, 2007 7:23:14 PM CET

Hello Everyone,

I also think that we should give massive credit to Caroline and the rest of her team for pulling it all off and starting what could become a great festival!!!

Alex G

alexgarcia, January 21, 2007 7:28:40 PM CET

Hello Progosk,

thats not me on that link...if you know who put it there please tell them to place this link instead,


Alex Garcia

dragonpunch, January 21, 2007 7:43:10 PM CET

Thank you to all involved with setting up Radar.

I will put up a good quality copy of Peace & Love on my site if/when I have permission to do so.

Thank you


dragonpunch, January 23, 2007 10:42:16 PM CET

Peace & Love is now available on my site. I'll post it here soon so that it can be shot down by the haters :)


ai, January 23, 2007 11:10:42 PM CET

I started to write a rant but realized i don't care. ;-)

robodrug, January 24, 2007 12:04:51 AM CET

dragonpunch, The video made me smile
I'm not greatly enamoured by the Starsailor/ Buckley type vocals

Still the punchline would stay even run in mute, since its a bit ov a two reeler Its OK Post it!


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