Sign me up: Jakob Rørvik

Norwegian Jakob Rørvik has a distinctive eye for creating a film narrative in an unusual way. Here we catch up with the new director about his work and latest fashion film for St Hallvard.   The protagonist in your film Hunger for the clothing brand St Hallvard is one of the most unusual although credible […]

Searchlight: Ralf Demesmaeker

Recently signed to Caviar Brussels & Paris, director Ralf Demesmaeker creates a spine-tingling short film about a boy who channels life What are the key lessons you’ve learnt about filmmaking so far?  As a director it’s key to surround yourself with people you like and trust professionally. Filmmaking is almost always a very intense process […]

Searchlight: The Pod

We love a production company who backs its faith in new talent by setting up a new division specifically to nurture young directors. We like it so much that we’re going to dedicate this post to Picasso Pictures which has just launched The Pod soley to develop and introduce their signed new directors  into the commercial […]

Searchlight: Josh Cole

Josh Cole won the music video category as well as the coveted audience vote at the YDA Awards in Cannes this year with his film for Rudimental’s Not Giving In. Now his follow-up video has just been released, this time with tigers, flying martial fights, and aerial shots on location in Thailand. We know the […]

YDA shows off to packed audience

We know you’re not meant to enjoy your own party and show, but we certainly did along with the 800-strong audience made up of international creative, directors and producers who came along to see the the world’s hottest young directing talent of 2013 win their accolades in Cannes. For full list see our 2013 winners […]

YDA Shortlist announced!

At last, the moment you’ve been waiting for since this time last year has arrived: The Young Director Award Shortlist is announced.  You can view all the shortlisted work here: Europe & Non Europe The next round of judging will take place in Cannes with the winners announced at our 15th anniversary show at Palais […]

Searchlight: Sam Coleman

At YDA headquarters in Paris and London we’ve got this video on replay on South African Sam Coleman’s first music video Come to the Dancefloor for the band Freshlyground. Here we talk to the former creative about his move to directing. A quick resume of your past experience that led you to directing please. Was […]

Sign me up: Tomek Goldbaum-Wlazinski

Tomek, or Tommy, Goldbaum-Wlazinski’s mesmerizing film for Kamp!’s track Melt caught our eye – it’s filmic, it’s beautiful and it’s his first music video. We caught up with the unsigned new director who is based in Warsaw, New York and Tel Aviv. When did you first realise you wanted to direct? Did you go to […]

Searchlight: Ivan Villafuerte

Ivan Villafuerte is a 24 year old filmmaker based in Chicago, recently signed to Hungry Man. He’s been making short, non-narrative, internet movies for three years and now has just shot and directed Hammock’s latest music video for their track Tornado Warning. The filming feels organic as if you just came across this scene while […]

Sign me up: Jan Mantanakorn

Forget Santa Monica, Sydney or Soho, Bangkok has become one of our favourite creative cities in the world and there  we met new director Jan Mantanakorn who talked to us about her fledging career as a film maker.   Where did you train to become a director?  After graduating from Faculty of Architecture and Planning  I began […]