Entry Deadline

10d 2h 52m 00s

By making an entry, you agree that:.

  • The film is one of your first SIX (6) commercials/films in the category.
  • The entrant (director) has had no more than three years professional experience as a director.
  • The film has been released after January 1st 2020.
  • By entering the film in this competition, you accept the terms and conditions below.

REGIONS

Please indicate the region where the film has been produced, not the director’s nationality.

  • Europe
  • Northern America
  • Latin America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Africa
  • Middle East

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

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 upto 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 minutes)

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 minutes to 30 minutes)

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

This year, we are changing the way the Producer’s Award works. 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.


ELIGIBILITY

  1. Directors must have had no more than three years professional experience (as a director).
  2. Entries must be one of the director’s first SIX (6) pieces of work ever made in the category.
  3. Films must have a release date after January 1st 2020.
  4. The permission of all copyright owners must be obtained for entry into competition.
  5. Where possible please obscure all director and producer CREDITS from the film.
  6. If the submitted film is in a foreign language it’s in your own interest to include English subtitles.
  7. Campaigns consisting of several films can be entered but only as individual films. Each film will be judged individually.
  8. Films directed by a team of directors can be entered. Each director must, however, fulfil the above criteria.
  9. Credits for entries should be submitted via the online form.
  10. The award organisers are entitled to exclude films not fulfilling the above criteria.
  11. The award organisers are entitled to move an entry to a more appropriate category if necessary.
  12. To enter the competition the film must be submitted with completed entry form and payment through this entry site before the final deadline.
  13. Entries MUST not exceed 60 minutes in length, some categories have other time restrictions.

ENTERING THE FILM

  1. The film and a thumbnail image must be uploaded through this website. Longer format entries should also supply a teaser/trailer, edited or cut version (5 minutes or less) to be used for a final judging review and at the winners ceremony.
  2. The desired resolution is HD 1920 x 1080
  3. The format of the film upload should be .mov or .mp4 (thumbnail image is a .jpg)
  4. When entering a film, the online entry form must be completed, including declarations stating: That this is one of the first SIX (6) commercials/film projects made by the director in the category, and that the film has been released after January 1st 2020.
  5. Entrants must pay an entry fee except for the 'Born to Create Drama' category.
  6. The entry process is not complete until the administration fee is paid.
  7. If you are paying by Bank Transfer (available on request) you must pay within 5 working days of submitting the order for your entries.

JUDGING

  1. The 1st judging session will be organized online in early June.
  2. The final judging for 2021 will be late June.

SHORTLIST & WINNERS

  1. A shortlist will be selected in mid June from all the films entered.
  2. Shortlisted directors will be informed directly.
  3. If trophies cannot be collected in person, winners will have to pay for the postage of their trophy or trophies by international courier.
  4. Winners may be required to supply additional material for any promotional publications and screenings held after the YDA Show.

TREATMENT & PUBLICATION

  1. Entrants authorize the YDA to screen or publish the film or any stills from the film in connection with the promotion of the competition on all media.
  2. Entrants may be required to supply additional material of any winning work for promotional publication or exhibition.
  3. Entrants agree to hold YDA not liable for any claim that may be made against them by reason of any such screenings or publication.
  4. Entrants authorize YDA’s sponsors and partners to publish their work on their website and/or Social Media. Including being featured in a shots slate reel after the winners ceremony.