You can enter your work in any of the following categories:
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.
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.
FILM SCHOOL: 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.
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.
SHORT FILM – (up to 6 minutes): This category is open to branded and non-branded short films, entries is this category MUST be under 6 minutes long.
SHORT FILM – (6 minutes to 30 minutes): Open to branded and non-branded short films. 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. 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).
VR/AR/360°: Films produced primarily using virtual or augmented reality which can be branded. Independent projects are also eligible in this category. This may include video art category – projects may be entered in both categories.
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 require a case study or video that is viewable on stage in the event of your work winning.
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.
PRODUCERS AWARD: An award for the production company who has contributed the most to developing young director talent. You must submit a reel showcasing one or more directors whose work has been produced under the guidance, investment, or banner of your company. You may show the work of one director and their progress, or multiple directors to show depth or breadth of talent development.
You can submit up to 6 pieces on one showreel. Please supply details for each item on the showreel indicating the director and any awards or recognitions.
Judging is based on the quality of the showreel. Directors must have no more than 3 years experience and comply with the general YDA rules of eligibility.