Winning post: David Bertram

David Bertram won First Prize with his film Don’t Sing for Data in the music video category. We catch up with the photographer-turned-director about his work… What were the main challenges of making your award-winning film? As the script is quiet complex, my major concern was to make it simple and understandable. There are five characters that […]

Winner spec spot: John Ryan Johnson

John Ryan Johnson has been making films for only about two minutes and we like what we see – we also like that he writes, produces, directs and edits his own work too. We quiz the new director about his win with his Nike spec spot, Buckets which picked up First Prize in the Test […]

Winning post: Enrico Mazzanti

Minuscule budget and no time – these are the customary challenges of all directors. However, Italian Enrico Mazzanti won second prize in this year’s YDA Test Commercial category with his film The Kiss with absolutely no money and only five hours to get his film shot. We catch up with the new director and raid his reel […]

Winner: Max Tsui

Max Tsui’s background in cinematography gives him an exciting edge to creating films with a professional quality. Take a look at this winning test spot which won the jury’s praise in Cannes. Here we catch up with the young director about his intricately crafted – and beautifully lit of course – commercial, Steampunk Coke.  You won […]

Winner: Jingyi Shao

We catch up with Jingyi Shao who won First Prize in the Film School US category with your film Text History of Jane.  Was there a set brief given to you at USC – how did the script come about? I created the spot for a music video/commercial class at USC.  The guidelines were simply […]

Winner: Martin Garde Abildgaard

We catch up with Martin Garde Abildgaard whose mesmerising film, Hypoxia, captured the jury’s attention at Cannes this year.  Your poetic and surreal film is about the suffocating nature of stress. Was this story of a woman transferring between two parallel worlds of above and under water your response to a brief or did the brief […]