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Richard Banks Richard Banks | 14:07 UK time, Tuesday, 27 April 2010

If you've got a headful of ideas waiting to be translated into a music video, then it's time to pop your lens cap off your camera. Entries are now being sought for the BBC Norfolk Music Video Festival - the only one of its kind in the country.


If you're making music videos, or starring in them, this is your chance to get your work showcased to thousands of people during the event in Norwich. The talents of music acts and video producers will be shown from 28 June to 10 July 2010 on Europe's biggest permanent HD digital screen at Fusion, just inside The Forum in Norwich city centre.

This year, the festival opens its doors to acts from across the UK for the first time. Last year, it focussed on the best new music and videos from the Norfolk band scene alone, as an offshoot of the BBC Norfolk Introducing radio show. But this year, anyone in the UK can apply, and because they want the video vault filled to the brim with submissions, BBC Norfolk have teamed up with the other shows in the BBC Introducing network to get their top local tips.

There are special events lined up for the festival, including a BUG show by BBC 6 Music's Adam Buxton, who will present a one-off show taking a humourous look at the world of music videos (if you haven't seen his brilliant deconstruction of Joss Stone's Baby Baby Baby video, stop what you're doing and check it out now).

Plus, there's an intimate sit-down gig by Norwich band The Lost Levels, with support from ex-Gene frontman Martin Rossister's new band, and a masterclass for film-makers hosted by Radar Music Videos.

The aim is to get as many up-and-coming acts as possible on the big screen, covering all areas and genres. If you've made a video you'd like to enter, or have an artist in mind, go to BBC Norfolk and download the application form now! The closing date for submissions is 28 May.

To whet your appetite, here are a few videos we've been enjoying recently from former BBC Introducing stage acts. First, Norwich act The Kabeedies, who performed at Glastonbury in 2008 and recently worked with local producers Lamba Films to make this video for their single, Jitterbug:


Next up, Louise Golbey, who turned the basement of a little London bar into a 1920s speakeasy for her Same Old, Same Old video. 1Xtra's Ras Kwame, one of Louise's biggest supporters, makes a cameo in the video!


Finally, here's Kids Love Lies from Kent. They played on our stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend last year and recently made this video for Stars (out on 7 June) on a budget of just £250:


Inspired? Head over to BBC Norfolk to find out more and submit a video.

The BBC Norfolk Music Video Festival runs from 28 June to 10 July 2010.

The closing date for applications is 28 May

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