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.
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.
Sydney-based director Dani Pearce likes to explore narrative in unconventional, original ways and her experimental short film Backpedal, based on a poem by Olivia Gatwood, is a case in point. She chats to shots about wolf pack research, pushing boundaries and why winning gold at this year's YDA was a career-defining moment.
The Volta director talks to us about the logistical troubles of a Ghanese shoot, his ongoing imposter syndrome and what he's up to after his 'Changing the World Frame by Frame' YDA win.
Miller & Son, Asher Jelinsky's film about Ryan, a transgender mechanic, was a Gold winner at this year's YDA. Here, Jelinsky discusses the making of the film and their thoughts on the representation of transgender and nonbinary people on screen.
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.
The YDA Gold winner speaks about the challenges, and freedoms, inherent in shooting in an unusual aspect ratio, collaborating with co-director Michael Lange, and how no amount of planning can prepare you for filming with animals.
As a young lad, Vedran Rupic ran wild with a crowd of fellow immigrants. Now, he's progressed to pushing wild ideas. Having bagged gold in the Music Video category for Salvatore Ganacci’s Horse, the rising director tells shots about giant pointy shoes and Slavic storytelling.
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.
The Dark Red director won gold at this year's YDA with a grisly yet unexpectedly tender take on blood donation. He tells shots how he and the team created their 'own kind of vampire film' and what's next on the slate.
After picking up a Gold Screen in the Charity category at this year's YDA, Martin Norgaard Furze and Mette Carla talk about the art of collaboration, the importance of research and the "gut-wrenching" things on the dark web.
The director spent weeks exploring the Burmese city, capturing its cultural renaissance through the eyes of a new generation of athletes, and the result is this award-winning short film.
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.
From a new frontier of female representation to the emerging power of esports, we investigate the state of Sport advertising and its effects.
With its wealth of languages, cultures and contradictions, India isn't short of variety. We speak to leading adfolk about how creativity is forging ahead.
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