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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.

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.

Creative Correspondence

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

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.

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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.

26th Nov Production
Farhad Ghaderi on finding a YDA win in a Virtuous Circle

Farhad Ghaderi on finding a YDA win in a Virtuous Circle

Ghaderi's music video perfectly portraying brotherly love picked up a Gold at this year's Young Director Award. Jamie Madge zoomed over to Canada to ask him how he captured gritty familial magic on 16mm.

23rd Nov Production
Rosie Westhoff and Fiona Hardingham win YDA's newest Gold Screen

Rosie Westhoff and Fiona Hardingham win YDA's newest Gold Screen

Talking pressure, revisions, and what it means to have disability representation at all levels, this director-producer duo explains how they won the Dreampitch Gold Screen with just 100 words.

19th Nov Production
Paul Nevison on YDA wins and having no grand plan

Paul Nevison on YDA wins and having no grand plan

Paul Nevison picked up Gold and Silver Screen awards at this year's YDA for two stunning short documentary films that take viewers to places they might otherwise never see. Here, he discusses his approach to filmmaking and that he got into directing "because nobody stopped me".

16th Nov Production
Sarah Clift talks dark comedy and Dream Pitches

Sarah Clift talks dark comedy and Dream Pitches

Continuing our series of interviews with this year's Young Director Award winners, we speak to Best Use of Humour Gold Screen-winner Sarah Clift about her brilliant short film, The Birth of Valerie Venus.

11th Nov Production
YDA Winner Yuan Yuan on childhood and cultural literacy

YDA Winner Yuan Yuan on childhood and cultural literacy

Yuan Yuan Zhang, an MFA candidate at NYU Tisch in writing and directing, who won two Gold Screens for their film Heading South, gives advice to aspiring directors and explains how she drew from her own experiences for the film.

11th Nov Production
Creative correspondence... with Jani Guest and Natalie Blass

Creative correspondence... with Jani Guest and Natalie Blass

As we continue to eavesdrop on some of the people who've impacted the industry over the 30 years of shots' existence, we listen in on Jani Guest, MD at Independent London, as she chats to Natalie Blass, Independent's Head of Business Development, about life mantras, early mornings and moronic musings.

9th Nov Production
YDA winner Jesse Lewis-Reece talks multi-disciplinary study and personal stories

YDA winner Jesse Lewis-Reece talks multi-disciplinary study and personal stories

A film surrounding a poem, Eyelash, directed and edited by Jesse Lewis-Reece, made a huge impact with the Young Director Award jury, netting four prizes. We chat with him about inspiration, the importance of a soundtrack, and how empathy influences his work.