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The YDA 2019 Focus

We sat down with the Gold-winning directors from this year's competition to chat about their films, their industry journey and what picking up a YDA really means to them.


Thessa Meijer on picking up this year's YDA Special Jury Prize

The Walking Fish, a fantastical tale about a mutsugorou (or mudskipper) that evolves into a girl, wowed this year's YDA judges. Here, its director, Thessa Meijer, discusses the inspiration for her film and why working in a foreign language was brilliantly challenging.


YDA Producer of the Year-winner on targeting new talent

After picking up the Producer of the Year award at this year's YDA, HALAL's Partner and EP, Gijs Determeijer, reveals how the company sources new talent, and why it's the most important - and exciting - part of the process.


YDA-winner Nina Holmgren wants us to panic

The filmmaker talks us through how talks by young climate activists Greta Thunberg and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez inspired her to create her visually dazzling, emotionally charged short.


Pascal Schelbli on finding The Beauty in plastic pollution

Fresh from picking up a Gold in the Changing the World Frame by Frame category of this year's YDA, the director talks us through how he combined marine life with man-made waste.

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