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19th Jul Production
Pascal Schelbli on finding The Beauty in plastic pollution

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.

18th Jul Production
Eugen Merher on making a charity film with bite

Eugen Merher on making a charity film with bite

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.

16th Jul Production
YDA gold winner Josh Hayward paints a Still/Life portrait of Yangon

YDA gold winner Josh Hayward paints a Still/Life portrait of Yangon

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.

15th Jul Production
How the dark web helped shed some light for this winning YDA film

How the dark web helped shed some light for this winning YDA film

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.

12th Jul Production
Dani Pearce on her YDA-winning short and the 'wild process' of directing

Dani Pearce on her YDA-winning short and the 'wild process' of directing

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.

11th Jul Production
Thessa Meijer on picking up this year's YDA Special Jury Prize

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 2019 Spotlight

We speak to the Gold winner.s of this year's Young Director Award.

10th Jul Production
How horsing around with a blond god won Vedran Rupic a gold YDA

How horsing around with a blond god won Vedran Rupic a gold YDA

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.

9th Jul Production
Jola Bankowska on her YDA win, finding animation and how to tell a good Story

Jola Bankowska on her YDA win, finding animation and how to tell a good Story

The director talks us through how discovering her talent for animation helped her experiment with narrative.

8th Jul Production
Dan Mace: Finding a new Not Normal

Dan Mace: Finding a new Not Normal

With almost 730K subscribers to his YouTube channel, Dan Mace has gone from award-winning young director to internet superstar. He talks about his journey from South Africa to New York and beyond, the launch of his new online show, and how the world of YouTube altered him as a director and is now shaking up the world for brands, too.

8th Jul Production
Nare Mokgotho on doing the double at the YDA

Nare Mokgotho on doing the double at the YDA

We continue our look at this year's gold-winners from the 2019 Young Director Award as we talk to a South African director who returned home with two well-deserved trophies.

4th Jul Production
YDA Gold-winner Paul Nevison on diving into Lake Volta

YDA Gold-winner Paul Nevison on diving into Lake Volta

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.

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28th Jun Production
On Reflection: Ram Madhvani chews over Happydent Palace

On Reflection: Ram Madhvani chews over Happydent Palace

The gum itself wasn’t much good for cavities, recalls Ram Madhvani, founder and director of Equinox Films, but this spectacular Indian commercial from 2006 certainly got the whole world (and the Cannes juries) grinning.

26th Jun Production
Meisters of Design: Sagmeister & Walsh

Meisters of Design: Sagmeister & Walsh

Stefan Sagmeister rose to fame with CD covers for Lou Reed, David Byrne and The Rolling Stones. Now, with agency partner Jessica Walsh, he is leading a new wave of emotionally intelligent creativity. He tells Daniel Huntley about the pair’s random and radical design philosophy.

25th Jun Production
Ketna Patel: The philosopher’s palette

Ketna Patel: The philosopher’s palette

Though her eye-popping work has been sought by clients from Tata Motors to Spike Lee, Ketna Patel is more than a pop artist for hire. With a tri-cultural, outsider’s vision and virtual ‘travelling studios’ in India and Britain, she’s on a mission to wander the globe and pose life’s big questions.

20th Jun Production
Rebecca Skinner's secret symphony

Rebecca Skinner's secret symphony

Film Craft jury president and Superprime Films co-founder Rebecca Skinner tells Tim Cumming “the best craft is the one you don’t feel” and how she’ll be seeking that magical symphony that happens when all the elements of film come together

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