NEWS

Winning Post: Hughes William Thompson

The first in our series of quizzing the winners of the Young Director Award in Cannes is Hughes William Thompson who won 2nd prize in Short Film category for his piece, A New Man.

What have been your highlights since winning at the YDA show in Cannes six months ago?

The YDA has opened a number of doors for me both in the realm of advertising and narrative film work.  I’ve been approached with advertising projects as well as production companies interested in working together.  It’s also been a huge boost for my short, A New Man, which has since been to several international festivals and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.

What’s the best film making lesson you’ve learnt?

Be prepared, but be flexible.

And the wisest quote about film making?

“A film should stand on its own.  It’s absurd if a filmmaker needs to say what a film means in words.” –David Lynch

Your worst nightmare production story was when….

We were shooting in a historic mansion in Atlanta on my previous short film, Pauline in a Beautiful World.  There were these ornate crossbeams on the ceiling that were perfectly placed to attach some of our lights, and our team began delicately rigging a few of the lighter ones up there.  A guest on set who happened to be an architect looked up and said “you know those are just made out of plaster, right?”  And CRASH.  White chunks and debris everywhere.  Thankfully no one was hurt.

What would be your dream directing job next year?

My dream would be to create a spot that’s totally committed to the absurd, like Owen Trevor’s marvelous Pizza Capers piece .

That, and to get the feature I’m developing into production.

List five of your favourite films from the past year –  these can be long or short formats.

Here they are in no particular order: Under the Skin, The Double, Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, Only Lovers Left Alive.

Other News

YDA 2020 Awards Ceremony

You can view the whole ceremony here.. View all 2020 Gold and Silver Screen winning  More…

YDA WEEK 2020

So you’ve seen the shortlist, and now you want to find out who the winners are!  More…

YDA CHATS Episode 11: Samir Mallal

In our last episode of the YDA Chats series, Karim sits down with Samir Mallal,  More…

YDA 2020 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

Our international jury have been busy judging your entries and the YDA 2020 shortlist is  More…

YDA CHATS Episode 10: NEZ

This week on YDA CHATS… Karim talks to Nez, director at Pulse Films and Gold  More…

YDA CHATS Episode 9: EMILIE THALUND

This week on YDA CHATS… Karim Bartoletti talks to Emilie Thalund Emilie is a director  More…