2021 Categories

BORN TO CREATE DRAMA NEW

(Free to enter) CLOSING May 1st

The tagline, ‘Born to Create Drama’, has been with the YDA for more than 15 years; a simple but effective way of signifying the talented directors we search for and champion.

This year, in a bid to unearth even more untapped talent, we are offering you the chance to shoot a film for the YDA, the brief for which is just that, Born to Create Drama. It can be anything up to 3 minutes long and can be funny, scary, odd, exciting, unsettling… as long as it makes us sit up and take note.

They’ll be judged by the YDA Team and our favourites will be posted on our social media for the world to see, with an overall winner picked in May. If entrants are eligible, all showcased entries will be entered into the relevant category in the main competition free of charge, and the winner will introduce our ceremony in 2021, and be featured in shots magazine. It’s open to everyone, whether you’re a young director or not, and it’s completely free to enter.

The rules:

Maximum 3 mins.
Films must include the “Born To Create Drama” tagline, an example of which can be seen here.
Films must include the YDA2021 logo (available from the entry form).
The competition is free to enter, and open to everyone, whether you’re a young director or not.


ANIMATION

Includes traditional animation as well as computer generated effects. A substantial part of the piece must be animated. Animated work may also be eligible to enter in other YDA categories.


BEST USE OF HUMOUR

Humour has been used to sell everything from beer to beds, from peanuts to political parties, and we want to see the best, most creative and, of course, funniest use of comedy. Films entered in best use of humour are also eligible to enter other YDA categories.


CHANGING THE WORLD FRAME BY FRAME

These films are of such substance that they cannot be confined to a traditional commercial. Their scope, length and format is more indicative of a documentary approach and is designed to showcase high-impact hope-filled solutions to make tomorrow’s world a better place to live in.


CHARITY COMMERCIAL

Films commissioned to promote public service, non-governmental organisation, fundraising, public health, public awareness promotions.


COMMERCIAL

Film must have been made primarily for television or cinema as a commercial for brands and it is not longer than 120 sec.


EXPERIENTIAL/VR/AR

Any film intended to immerse the viewer in an experience – including but not limited to virtual reality, augmented reality or case studies of experiential films.

If your entry requires specialist equipment to be viewed we may contact you for assistance with this so that judges receive the full experience. We would also require a video that is viewable during our ceremony in the event of your work winning. This can include video art.


FILM SCHOOL (up to 6 mins)

Films must have been produced as a school project. This may be commissioned by the school or similar educational organisation, or produced by students while studying film making. Your piece MUST be under 6 minutes.


FILM SCHOOL (6 mins and over)

Films must have been produced as a school project. This may be commissioned by the school or similar educational organisation, or produced by students while studying film making.
You MUST also supply a teaser/trailer, edited or cut version (5 minutes or less) which will be used for a final judging review and at the winners ceremony.


MUSIC VIDEO

Films commissioned by an artist, management or label to promote music projects  i.e. songs or other music forms where the music is the prime subject to the film. It is not dedicated to music driven videoart or personal projects.


ONLINE BRANDED FILM

Films must have been produced primarily for online exposure and are commercially branded. These films can be interactive and part of a wider online experience.


PASSION PROJECT

Made by the filmmaker/production company and NOT commissioned.  They are projects made by the director/producer from their personal inspiration or as an experiment, test/spec commercial or music video.


SUPER SHORT (up to 1 minute)
NEW

(reduced entry fee)
Films up to one minute, which may be commissioned, but should prioritise storytelling over branding.
This can include content created for social media.


SHORT FILM (up to 6 mins)

This category is open to branded and non-branded short films, web series episodes and TV and streaming platform episodes. Entries in this category MUST be under 6 minutes long.


SHORT FILM (6 to 30 mins)

Open to branded and non-branded short films, web series episodes and TV and streaming platform episodes. This category is for short films up to 30 minutes.
You MUST also supply a teaser/trailer, edited or cut version (5 minutes or less) which will be used for a final judging review and at the winners ceremony.


MID LENGTH FILM

Open to branded and non-branded short films, web series episodes and TV and streaming platform episodes. This category is for short films 30 to 60 minutes.
You MUST also supply a teaser/trailer, edited or cut version (5 minutes or less) which will be used for a final judging review and at the winners ceremony.


VIDEO ART

Non-commercial, personal work, purely artistic. This work could be an independent project or can be a commissioned piece (may have a patron but the film should be the prime subject).


DREAMPITCH

Directors are at the heart of what the YDA is about, but many of those directors would be lost without the scripts from which they work.
At the centre of every good film is a great idea that has come ahead of anything else, and a truly great idea doesn’t need an essay to explain it.
We are looking for great ideas that can be pitched in a maximum of 100 words; words which will inspire our international jury of industry experts and creatives, and could go on to attract the attention of an agency/brand/streaming platform/producer and, of course, a director.

You can enter Dreampitch ideas for the following categories:
– Changing the World Frame by Frame
– Branded Film (of any length)
– Short Film
– Series


ADDITIONAL AWARD CATEGORY

PRODUCERS AWARD 2021

As a reminder, this award celebrates the production company who has contributed the most to developing young directorial talent over the last year. Production companies will no longer have to submit a reel to enter; all production houses (excluding educational institutions) that have submitted work to any of the YDA 2021 categories will automatically be entered for the award. The winner will then be decided based on the points awarded for entries they are credited on, across ALL their entries:
2 points for each shortlisted entry
5 points for each Silver winner
8 points for each Gold winner
10 points for the Special Jury award.

Where the same film is awarded more than once then only the highest scoring award will count towards the over all winner.
The entrant with the highest total score will be given the YDA Producer’s Award 2021.

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