The 2017 YMVC lineup of filmmakers and musicians was as follows:
Lochlainn McKenna – aboveDat (Better)
Andrew McConnell & JJ McDunphy – Joshua Burnside (Ephrata)
Matthew McGuigan – Daithí feat. Elaine Mai – (Wrap Up Tight)
Nathan Ivor Barlow – Bantum feat. Rusangano Family + Senita (Daithí Remix) (Feel Your Rhythm)
Rachel Mc Gill- Ryan Vail (East Berlin)
The 2017 YMVC award winner was Lochlainn McKenna. Better was used by aboveDat as the song’s official video and it went on the win the Best Editing award at the Kinsale Shark Awards where it was also nominated for Best Music Video Under 10K and Best Cinematography. This was a crucial stepping stone in launching Lochlainn’s subsequent career which has seen him make videos for the likes of Westlife and Keane, as well as commercials for Heineken, Toyota, Aldi and Sky. He would later return to YMVC as one of the mentors.
The impressive 2017 award jury – which inlcuded mentors Brendan Canty and David Lester Mooney as well as Louise Ní Ghamhna (director), Piers McGrail (cinematographer), Eoin French (aka Talos) and Stevie G (Red FM DJ) – also gave a special mention to Andrew McConnell & JJ McDunphy. As well as music videos, this talented duo have gone on to make the documentary The Screaming Minority.