NEWS

YDA 2024 Jury

With the YDA 2024 deadline fast approaching on April 10th, we have been busy assembling a world class jury from across the globe for this year’s 27th edition. We take great care with our juries to ensure they represent as wide a range as possible across the industry, encompassing directors, production companies and agencies. 

In its early stages, the YDA was oriented towards commercial film production. 27 years later, it has grown into an award with seventeen different categories, from animation, to documentaries to series. As such, we have selected an eclectic jury to reflect the multitude of talent we attract.

Our 2024 jury will be chaired by Medb Riordan, Joint Managing Director, Partner and Executive Producer at Academy Films London. 

Speaking in her interview with shots the other month, Medb underscores both Academy’s and her own personal commitment to promoting and nurturing young creative talent: 

‘There is always a generation of new talent coming through, and that’s in the title of the company; Academy. It’s in our DNA, so it’s in my DNA. So, getting an opportunity to support the next generation, and also to understand what’s being made was really key. Not only is it exciting for us to be able to find that upcoming generation of talent, but for them to teach us about what’s happening next.

It’s my hope, with Francois’ [Chilot, YDA President] support, to find a jury that sits both within and also outside of the advertising industry. Financiers, film producers, directors… because it’s exciting for those people to see what’s coming through. The commercials industry has fed the film industry, and vice versa. I think it’s becoming increasingly more like that, and it’s exciting for us to share the talent, and to share ideas.’

There are still a few seats to be filled but we thought now would be a good time for you to see the jury (so far) who are going to be evaluating and discussing all your great work to eventually honour the very best with Gold and Silver Screen Awards

CHAIR

Medb Riordan Co-MD, EP and Owner, Academy Films, UK/US


ASIA PACIFIC 

Ricardo Adolfo ECD, TBWA Media Arts Lab, Japan/South Korea 

Jason Byrne Film Producer, Positive Ape, Melbourne, Australia

Cláudia Cristóvão Head of Google Brand Studio, Japan 

Wenxin She Producer, Marshmallow Production, China / UK / USA

Lewis Taewan Kim Founder and CEO, Lewis Pictures, South Korea

Genevieve Triquet, MD / Executive Producer, Division, Sydney, Australia

Ray Yi Director, LATS Pictures, South Korea 


EMEA

Helen Argo EP, Aardman, UK 

Jon Chads MD and EP, Stink, UK 

Ash Chagla Founding Partner and CCO, Science & Sunshine, UAE

Carol Cooper, Features Editor, shots, London, UK

Sina Ataeian Dena Director and Artist, Iran

Filiz Emre VP, Tolan Films and iQ, Turkey 

Joe Guest Senior Editor, Final Cut, London, UK

Emily Gotto, SVP, Global Acquisitions & Productions, AMC Network’s Shudder, London, UK

Tan Jones EP, Golden Wolf, UK 

John Kilkenny Executive Creative Director RTÉ, Dublin, Ireland

Charlotte Matheson Creative Producer, Girls On Film, UK

Julie Matthieu-Moreau Co-founder & EP, ColorsParis, France

Jana Reinermann Executive Producer, Bonaparte Films GmbH, Berlin Germany

Anna Roudat Executive Producer, LA PAC – LE PAC, Paris, France

Tima Shomali Creator, Director, Producer, CEO and Founder, Filmizion Production, Jordan 

David Stephan David+Martin, Munich Germany

Rachel Stones Executive Producer, Brand Success, Epic Games, London, UK

Jean-Luc Van Damme MD and Producer, Happy Moon Productions, Belgium

Janette de Villiers Founder and EP, Ground Glass, South Africa

Alice Whittemore, Development and Production Executive, Film4, London, UK


NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA 

Jeff Baron Partner and MD, Chromista, USA 

Constanza and Doménica Castro Founders, Directors and Producers, 271 Films, USA/ Mexico 

Boca Ceravolo Co-Founder and CD, Lado Animation, Brazil 

Ricardo Dolla CCO, Dentsu, Brazil

Andy Fogwill, Founding Director and Executive Producer, Landia, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Joseph Kahn Director, Academy Films, USA 

Diego Martinez-Ulanosky Director, Writer and Producer, Caponeta, Mexico 

Sara Nix, Executive Producer, Partizan, Los Angeles, USA

Kamila Prokop Managing Director, division7, Los Angeles, USA

Cody Ryder Senior Executive Producer/ Co-Head of Film and Television, Park Pictures, New York USA

Alejandro Saevich Co-Founder, Madrefoca, Mexico 

Katie Taylor, Executive Producer, The Corner Shop, Los Angeles, USA

Kathleen Tax Wille CCO, Solve, USA

Emma Wilcockson MD and EP, ProdCo, USA


As the remaining jury members are announced they will be added above.

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