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 […]

Winner Charity Europe: Salsa

Diego and Guto, a Brazilian directing duo known as Salsa, are based in both Brussels and Rio. We talk with them about winning First Prize in the Charity Europe category with their film Heaven.  What were the main challenges of making your film, Heaven? Diego: It’s quiet ironic how the birth of this film mimicked its […]

Video art winner: Mike Bekos

Mike Bekos won First Prize in Video Art Europe category with his film Ode to Father. We catch up with Greek director about his distinctive style. What were the main challenges of making the film, Ode to My Father? The project was a challenge overall. There was no budget and the old man is a taxi […]

Winner: Miles Jay

Miles Jay won First Prize in the Broadcast NA category, with Blanket – Bedtime; Second Prize in Short Film NA with The Statistical Analysis of Your Failing Relationship and was shortlisted also for Broadcast NA with This is Baseball. That’s quite a handful of awards.  What impact do you feel winning at the YDA has had?  […]

A Word From The President

“I’d like to thank you all for the overwhelming turnout to our beach cocktail party where it was my great pleasure to announce tomorrow’s directing stars – the first and second prize winners of the YDA 2015. It wasn’t our normal show in the cinema but it certainly was one of the hottest tickets in […]