Searchlight: Julia Pott

London Royal College of Art graduate Julia Pott pauses from packing her bags for her move to New York where she has just signed to Hornet to talk to us about her animation process, ridiculous dancing and being obsessed. Your work features animal-like characters with wonderfully insightful human attributes. What comes first – the role […]

YDA 2011: Andreas Roth

Andreas Roth never fails to impress. The up-and-coming director was already on our radar when we interviewed him in January and in June he took top prize in the the European Film School category at the Young Director Award. We caught up with Roth to talk about his rather spooky winning spot, Dirt Devil. When […]

Searchlight: Omri Cohen

Omri Cohen blew our socks off with his Nike Yards film shot in Mumbai, his first major piece of work after being told he wasn’t going to cut the mustard at film school. Now just airing is his latest work – this time for Google. Tell us about your background – where and when you […]

YDA 2011: Georg Von Mitzlaff

Depilation. It’s a tough sell. At best a fiddly chore, at worst a painful bore – it requires some pretty flexible thinking to render hair removal appealing, let alone sexy. And yet Georg von Mitzlaff, who took 2nd prize in the European Webfilms category has done just that with his surprising viral Nohair. We caught […]

Searchlight: Zubicky & Tempelman

From winning the cfp-e/shots Young Director’s Award in 2008 while still students in Stockholm, Zubicky and Tempelman have now finished their first major commercial project, an interactive film for Wrangler shot through Stink Digital and it’s w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l. What were the key lessons you learnt from directing Wrangler? We learnt lots on many different levels. Above […]

Searchlight: Elizabeth Orne

When a piece of work is really good it flies.  And Elizabeth Orne’s NYU thesis film Crazy Glue has been orbiting the festival circuits, including this month’s Tellruide Film Fest, with huge success.  Here she talks to us about her way of making films, signing to Interrogate in LA and the words of wisdom she received […]

YDA 2011: Jelmar Hufen

Today we catch up with the talent behind the jaw-droppingly audacious test spot Femme-o-matic, which took the top prize in the European Test Commercial category. Director Jelmar Hufen describes this cheeky spot as a definitive moment in his career, and the decision to take some creative risks has proven a good one – as well […]

Searchlight: Roy Raz

Sunbeds in the dessert, lurex camels, and ballet troupes pirouetting with neons are just some of the surreal moments Roy Raz has conjured up in his music videos. Based in Tel Aviv, Raz has been working as a producer for four years, mainly for Israeli commercials, and spent two years at McCann Erickson’s in-house production […]

Searchlight: Carly Cussen

This girl rocks. At 24 Carly Cussen is The Princess of Grime having shot over 100 promos for the likes of Lethal Bizzle, Devlin, Griminal and loads more. Starting as a runner and working her way up, Cussen shot her first promo for Tinie Tempah when she was just 17 which has now notched over […]

YDA 2011: Hanna Maria Heidrich

Today we’re catching up with the break-out star of this year’s Young Director Award. Hanna Maria Heidrich’s breathtaking film We Miss You is as bold as it is unexpected and deservedly took the Special Jury Prize, and joint first prize in the European Film School and Branded Short categories. We talk to the ambitious director […]