The videos are in and the scores are up, another year of hectic 48-hour filmmaking has come to a close.

Winners were named Monday night at Western Arctic Moving Pictures’ (WAMP) 10th annual 48-hour music video competition.

In a virtual awards ceremony, Korry Garvey was named winner for her video for Mary’s Motel, a song by Brian Weadick. 

Korry Garveys video for Brians Marys Motel was announced the winner at Monday nights vitual award ceremony.
Photo courtesy of Marys Motel video

The contest works as follows:

Artists submit their songs to WAMP. Filmmakers register as individuals or as teams to create music videos. Filmmakers are assigned a song to be the subject of their music video. Forty-eight hours later, their videos are ready for evaluation. A panel of judges then assign scores to the videos and winners are chosen accordingly. 

Five filmmaking teams participated this year.

The judges were Camilla MacEachern with the NWT’s film commission, Andrew Goodwin from Cabin Radio and Ashley Makohoniuk from Folk on the Rocks. 

As winner, Garvey will receive $500 in cash and 500 WAMP bucks, which can be redeemed for future equipment rentals. Second place was awarded to Sadetlo Scott for her video to Small Town Song by Carmen Braden. Emily Blake and Martin Rehak’s video to Family Man by The Housemen finished in third place. Their prizes are $300 and 200 WAMP bucks, and 250 WAMP bucks, respectively. 

WAMP executive director Jeremy Emerson says that to come up with a concept, shoot, edit and package an entire video in 48 hours “forces you to be a bit more creative and work within your time frame.”

“It’s very collaborative. You don’t have time to go back and forth on things,” he says.

Following the award ceremony, the public had 24 hours to vote on their favourite video. Emily Blake and Martin Rehak won the audience choice award for their video of Family Man by the Housemen with 119 of the 299 votes.


Natalie Pressman

Natalie is a graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program. She has since held contracts working with an NGO in Vietnam and with Journalists for Human Rights in Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent...

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