Alumni: Martin and Line Andersen

Makers of exquisite paper engineering animations, director siblings Martin and Line Andersen have been going from strength to strength since they won first place in Non-European Short Films in 2010. Please tell us what you’re doing now and where? We are working on a 15-20 sec film introduction for an American movie company. It’s a […]

Searchlight: Samuel Abrahams

It may be cold outside but Samuel Abraham’s short film Connect is sure to fill you with a warm glow. Exploring the transient moments of human connection that blossom and wither everyday on public transport, Abraham’s short shows masterful command of wordless communication. We’ve got a sneak peek of the trailer and catch up with […]

YDA Rocks Out with New Music Video Category

Up-and-coming promo directors! The CFP-E/shots Young director Award has an early Christmas present for you – we’ve added a brand new music video category to the competition. Music video has long been an incubator for innovative filmmaking talent – and the insane combination of shrinking budgets and proliferating technology means that promos are the ideal […]

Sign me up: Josef Wladyka

No, we’re so not over football commercials yet, especially when it’s top of the class work like NYU student Josef Wladyka’s spot shot on the streets of Manhattan. You wrote the script yourself – what led to the idea and how did it evolve? The idea for the spot came from my growing anticipation for […]

Searchlight: Eric Power

It may have been the ghostly shadow puppet-style video for Jeremy Messersmith’s ‘A Boy, A Girl and a Graveyard’ that initially caught our attention, but it was when we found the stop-motion Mortal Kombat ‘Paperalities’ tribute that we realised it was love. Meet filmmaker Eric Power! Paper features fairly strongly in a lot of your […]

Sign me up: Justus Becker

The jury’s collective jaw hit the floor when they viewed the recent outstanding work for the Porsche International Student Advertising Film Award. For instance, take a look at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg student Justus Becker’s branded entertainment short for Rimowa suitcases which was shortlisted. You wrote the script yourself – what led to the idea and how […]

Searchlight: Kenny Frankland

Freelance animator Kenny Frankland’s blend of murky inventiveness and grimy cartoons have been a hit on the short film festival circuit – not bad for someone who started out making cartoons on a Commodore Amiga (vintage gaming bonus points). We tracked down the Manchester-based filmmaker to chat grafitti, technology and why animation is a bit […]

Sign me up: Marie Dvorakova, winner of Porsche Student Advertising Film Award

We caught up with Marie Dvorakova, currently finishing her Masters degree in film at Tisch School of the Arts in New York, who scooped up the top prize of 3,911 euros for her filmic piece, Steenback Story at this year’s Porsche International Student Advertising Film Award held in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Do you know yet how […]

Porsche International Student Advertising Film Award

Some years are good, some years are not so hot, but this year was certainly up there as a cracking good year for student directing talent at the Porsche International Student Advertising Film Award held in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Out of such a brilliant shortlist how do you choose a handful of winners? For the jury […]

YDA Catchup: Cam McHarg

Cameron McHarg earned a softspot in our heart after his Fed Ex commercial (featuring a comedy kick in quite a different soft spot) made it onto the 2009 YDA shortlist. Since then he’s been building up his reel and has seen his short film Kicking Sand In Your Face picked up by international cable networks. […]