Seeking Jean-Julien Pous

Young director Jean-Julien Pous first caught our eye with his short Seeking You (Zhao Ni), a vibrant, rotoscoped love story about the city of Hong Kong. Set to a Chinese translation of Bizet’s languorous Habanera, it’s an attention-grabbing piece of work, created while Pous was studying at the Vancouver Film School. Since Seeking You, Pous […]

Searchlight: Nicole Volavka

A small, orange-haired girl peers out of a bin, a boy stares dazed from the middle of a landfill site. Nicole Volavka’s MA film project Rubbish is desolate, sad – and more powerful than the usual spec spot. If her awards success in 2009 is anything to go by, she’s a commercials talent to look […]

Neill Blomkamp: From YDA to World Domination

It’s been a good year for Neill Blomkamp. District 9, his feature debut was the surprise blockbuster of the summer. His lo-fi sci-fi tale of aliens in Joberg raked in millions at the box office and turned the South African director into hot cinematic property. Moviegoers may have just got their first taste of Blomkamp’s […]

Aleksander Bach Interview

Your award-winning video “Stars” is beautifully filmed and thought-provoking. How did you come up with the idea of the dancer amongst the soldiers? I have always wanted to make a film with a dancer. I love dancing and I love human motion. I love making films where nobody knows what’s going to happen next – […]

A prestigious award

Hi Everybody! Today I have the pleasure of introducing Jonas Mayabb, who has attended the Young Director Award for the past two  years and received the first and second prizes in the Non European Film School category in 2007 : What motivated you to participate in the Young Director Award? I was told it was […]

Check out this promising young director

Today I introduce you to Mario Zozin who received the second prize in the European Film School category: What motivated you to participate in the Young Director Award? Before I started studying at the Filmacademy Baden-Württemberg, I already followed YDA because all winners from recent years came from the Filmacademy. Everbody said: “This is the […]