Young Director Awards – 1-2-1 With... Justin Reardon

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The cancellation of the 2020 Cannes Lions meant that the Young Director Award, which usually takes place during the festival, had to alter its plans. 

But, rather than abandon this year's YDA completely, it was decided that the show must go on and that, around it, bolstering the event, would be talks and presentations, the first of which you can see above. 

Justin Reardon started life on the agency side and, early in his career, was one of the creatives who worked on the iconic Budweiser Whassup campaign. His aim was always to be a director and eventually he moved to LA and followed that particular path. He's shot for brands including Heineken, Samsung, Axe, Gillette, VW, AT&T and more, and has also directed a feature film, Playing it Cool, starring Chris Evans.

In the first of a series of 1-to-1 interviews across this week, Reardon talks about his career, his path into the business, the obstacles for aspiring young directors and how to traverse them, the use of humour in advertising, and much more. 

Below you can see the schedule for the rest of the YDA Week 2020 content.

Monday July 27

5pm CEST: Pamela B Green, director of commercials, music videos, countless film and TV titles and, more recently, the fascinating documentary about the world's first female director, Be Natural; The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache, discusses the tenacity needed to succeed, the trials still faced by women in the industry, and how someone so important to the history of film could be so readily forgotten.

Tuesday July 28

12pm CEST: Brand and Innovation Director and Partner at &us (and regular shots columnist) Amy Kean, tackles humour in the age of social media in her talk, Karen; meme or mean?

5pm CEST: Equinox Films director, Ram Madhvani, highlights the importance of encouraging new talent, the rise of branded entertainment, and why the commercials industry is a great place for new directors to thrive.  

Wednesday July 29

12pm CEST: This year's YDA Jury Chairman, Karim Bartoletti, sits down with YDA President, and the driving force behind the event, Francois Chilot. The duo call on their experiences as producers at the centre of advertising production to discuss the present and future of the business and the outlook for aspiring young talent in the years to come. 

5pm CEST: Last, but by no means least, we finish our 1-2-1s with a 1-2-2, as Danny Edwards chats to Lisa Mehling, former YDA Jury Chairwoman and MD of Chelsea Pictures, and Nisha Ganatra, director of innumerable TV shows, including Transparent, Brooklyn 99, Mr Robot and Girls; features including Late Night, starring Emma Thompson, and the recent, amazing Libresse campaign, #wombstories [below].

Thursday July 30

6pm CEST: The YDA Ceremony 2020.