Get your skates on for the YDA

The annual Young Director Award will be changing its format next year but there’s still time if you get your skates on to enter this year’s competition by the extended deadline of May 31 which is absolutely the last call for entries.

President of the YDA, Francois Chilot is evolving a new formula which will be rolled out in 2016 which allows entrants to show off their directing skills in a wider range of films.


“We are re-shaping the YDA using the basis of the last 17 years, not to change it, but to add to it. We will be encompassing all filmic means and platforms, apart from features, to better reflect the way that advertising itself has evolved. We want to allow the directors who enter the YDA to be able to express themselves and confront the challenges that the three pillars of the communication industry marketers, agencies and producers) face.”

All will be revealed soon, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, this year’s competition is underway with two weeks to go before entries are closed.

The winners will be announced at Cannes at a beach party ceremony at Long Beach on the Croisette at 6.00 to 8.30pm on June 25.

The rest of the rules and regs and the entry form are here. Make sure you get it filled in by May 31, but earlier is waaaay better.

The shortlist will be announced at the YDA website during the week of June 15. The winners will be revealed the following week at the lavish beach party where a selection of the winning work will be showcased.

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