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The YDA 2023 Focus

Taking a deep dive with 2023's Gold winners, we unearth the stories that birthed their films, dissect their production strategies, and celebrate the significance of earning a Young Director Award.


Victoria Singh-Thompson on their Lolita inspired YDA winning short

Director Victoria Singh-Thompson chats to Izzy Ashton about their film 14 in February which scooped a YDA Gold in the Short Film (Up to 10 minutes) category.


YDA winner Sinan Sevinç on weaving powerful parallel narratives

Sinan Sevinç's heart-rending short film Split Second scooped up a staggering five YDA wins this year, taking home the Special Jury Prize, three Gold and one Silver awards. He talks to Izzy Ashton about the technicalities of telling three stories in one film, and the attention to detail required on set to accurately represent historical events.


Jing Ai Ng tells us how a passion for the Delta Chinese community led to a YDA

Winning Gold in the Passion Project category, Jing Ai Ng's Asian American folk story Delta is rooted in observations around heritage. Here, she tells shots how instinct, influence and Instagram helped form the film.


How the wild west and a wunderkind boy actor helped Nick Alexander win a YDA

Nick Alexander talks to Izzy Ashton about his route into directing – via a stint in the military and some bad acting – and how his film Bandits, which won a YDA Gold Screen in the Film School category this year, is in many ways a love letter to his mum.


Eugenia Hamilton's YDA mouthpiece

Using a nefarious nightclub spiker's mouth as a lens, Eugenia Hamilton's impactful Malevolence tells a personal tale of anger towards an ongoing issue. Here, she talks inspiration from Allison Katz, the power of therapeutic expression, and the importance of sound as a storytelling device.

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