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From Junior Creatives to ECDs, delve into career highlights (and lowlights) in our in-depth profiles.

Production

The people who make the spots you love, covering all aspects of production, post and sound.

23rd Jun
Kerstin Emhoff: In the pipeline

Kerstin Emhoff: In the pipeline

Prettybird’s CEO talks to Tim Cumming about overseeing one of the Lion’s toughest categories, remote working with juries and what she’s doing to widen the gene pool of creatives across the industry.

24th Mar Production
Finding the funny with Benjamin Green

Finding the funny with Benjamin Green

Award-winning comedy director Benjamin Green has worked with celebrated comedians such as Jack Whitehall and Romesh Ranganathan. But he's also shot comedy commercials with footballers, models and athletes... not people known for their comedy chops. So, how do you find the humour when working with such talent without the joke being on you?

18th Mar Production
Misha Manson-Smith: Cutting to the funny bone

Misha Manson-Smith: Cutting to the funny bone

Editor-turned-director, Misha Manson-Smith's CV includes hard-hitting documentaries, acclaimed TV series and high profile ad campaigns. Tim Cumming talks to the industrious filmmaker about improvised Google spots, massive real-world hoaxes and why comedy is a high-wire act.

10th Mar Production
Creative Correspondence: Sam Sneade & Ellie Johnson

Creative Correspondence: Sam Sneade & Ellie Johnson

Editing legend Sneade chats to the newly promoted partner at tenthree, Johnson, about the progression of their careers, the lack of industry rockstars and how cultivating talent is the most important part of the job.

19th Feb Production
How Lalou Dammond turned her personal history into documentary material

How Lalou Dammond turned her personal history into documentary material

Director Lalou Dammond (one half of duo Joaquin + Lalou, of Biscuit Filmworks) dives into the life and times of her revolutionary relatives who have stood up to white supremacy, faced down presidents, and fought relentlessly for Black civil rights in her newest documentary, A Part of the People.

17th Feb Production
How Renee Maria Osubu framed fatherhood in Philly

How Renee Maria Osubu framed fatherhood in Philly

A young Black photographer-turned-filmmaker, Renee Maria Osubu, represented by the new talent powerhouse You Are Here, talks about her directorial debut, Dear Philadelphia, a self-reflective film of fatherhood, forgiveness, and finding the spirit of faith in the people of Philadelphia.

Creative Correspondence

Celebrating shots' 30th anniversary, industry luminaries pair up with up-and-comers in the field to talk shop and interview each other.

16th Feb Production
Creative Correspondence: Joe Guest and Lucy Berry

Creative Correspondence: Joe Guest and Lucy Berry

Final Cut's legendary editor speaks to up-and-coming top talent Berry in the latest of our Creative Correspondence conversations.

2nd Feb Production
Daniel Bergmann talks new directing talent

Daniel Bergmann talks new directing talent

The Managing Partner of Stink Films, a YDA 2020 Producers Award-winner, on the company's approach to nurturing new talent, what you need to be successful and why the YDA matters.

26th Jan Production
Why new directing talent matters

Why new directing talent matters

UK production company You Are Here picked up the Gold Producers Award at the 2020 YDA. Here, the company's MD and EP, Jeremy Goold, explains the importance of nurturing new talent.

26th Jan Production
Creative Correspondence: Anthony Moore & Dylan Holmes Williams

Creative Correspondence: Anthony Moore & Dylan Holmes Williams

Kicking off 2021's Creative Correspondence is multi-award winning sound designer, the Founding Partner and ECD of Factory, Anthony Moore, and Stink Rising director, talented short film maker and YDA winner, Dylan Holmes Williams.

11th Jan Production
Loïc Andrieu answers his Call Of The Wild

Loïc Andrieu answers his Call Of The Wild

The YDA-winning director discusses how a genre-bending movie concept led to awards gold.

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7th Jan Production
YDA winner Natasha Mynhier delivers In A Beat

YDA winner Natasha Mynhier delivers In A Beat

Natasha Mynhier, the winner of the Mid-Length Film (30 to 60 mins) - Northern America category at this year's Young Director Award, talks to us about how she crafted this powerful film.

21st Dec Production
Jakub Jirásek talks accidental adolescent terrorism

Jakub Jirásek talks accidental adolescent terrorism

With his darkly comedic short Don't Be A Pussy picking up a Gold at this year's YDA, Jirásek tells Jamie Madge how a film for his Master's Degree ended up evolving into a biting satire on social status.

17th Dec Production
YDA winner Jackson Tisi introduces us to Leon

YDA winner Jackson Tisi introduces us to Leon

Jackson Tisi, the winner of the Passion Project - Northern America category at this year's Young Director Award, talks about the process behind making his documentary Leon, and about the man himself.

14th Dec Production
YDA winner Dylan Holmes Williams sings The Devils Harmony

YDA winner Dylan Holmes Williams sings The Devils Harmony

Dylan Holmes Williams, the winner of the short film category at this year's Young Director Award's, discusses the inspiration behind The Devils Harmony, his film about a bullied teenage girl that leads an A cappella club on a trail of destruction against her high school enemies.

10th Dec Production
YDA winners Christina Amundsen and Emilie Thalund help stop the violence

YDA winners Christina Amundsen and Emilie Thalund help stop the violence

Christina Amundsen and Emilie Thalund, the winners of the charity commercial category at this year's Young Director Award, discuss the inspiration, and the making of Isolation, their film about ending violence against children.

7th Dec Production
How a wait in the RAINN made way for YDA Gold

How a wait in the RAINN made way for YDA Gold

SMUGGLER director Samantha Scaffidi talks to Jamie Madge about how her acting background and sensitivity to the subject matter made her film for anti-sexual assault organisation RAINN the most urgent PSA of the year.

3rd Dec Production
For Andzej Gavriss, one moment You're Born, the next you win a YDA

For Andzej Gavriss, one moment You're Born, the next you win a YDA

The Latvian director talks about the ice baths and elegant camerawork that led to his Young Director Gold.

30th Nov Production
YDA winner Phoebe Arnstein's immersive film

YDA winner Phoebe Arnstein's immersive film

We the Bathers is a short film about bathing, and people's relationship with it. Here, director Phoebe Arnstein discusses the beautiful and intimate portraits she captured for her award-winning film.