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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.

Creative Correspondence

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

5th Nov Production
YDA winner Jeremy Merrifield on punching through problems

YDA winner Jeremy Merrifield on punching through problems

Jeremy Merrifield, the winner of this year's Young Director Award Special Jury Prize, discusses the inspiration behind Balloon, his powerful and emotional film about a young boy coming to terms with his place in the world and the impact of hyper-masculinity on his outlook.

30th Oct Production
Navigating authenticity and cultural range with Kimi Howl Lee

Navigating authenticity and cultural range with Kimi Howl Lee

A playwright-turned-director, Kimi Howl Lee focuses on heritage, truth, and the strengths (and struggles) of presenting a story that is exceptionally unique.

30th Oct Production
Korrie Powell: Confronting the rage

Korrie Powell: Confronting the rage

Korrie Powell's new film and photographic project, RAGE, is a powerful, self-reflective exploration of the relationship between Black men and masculinity. Here, the young director and photographer delves into the meanings behind the film, and the reasons for making it.

22nd Oct Production
Meena Ayittey: Showing it like it is

Meena Ayittey: Showing it like it is

The daughter of Ghanaian immigrants, Meena Ayittey eschewed her parents’ conventional career aspirations to forge a successful career in the creative industries. Recently signed to Great Guns, she finds rich filmic inspiration in the concept of racism, from her heartrending tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement to a new documentary lifting the lid on creatives of colour and the challenges of adland.

6th Oct Production
Creative Correspondence: Andreas Nilsson and Ben Campbell

Creative Correspondence: Andreas Nilsson and Ben Campbell

From whale poop, to rockhopper penguins; from the importance of planning to the influence of artists, The Quarry's Ben Campbell and Biscuit's Andreas Nilsson have the email correspondence you didn't know you needed to read.

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2nd Oct Production
Em Weinstein’s queer homecoming

Em Weinstein’s queer homecoming

We talk to emerging director Em Weinstein about their recent win at Outfest, how to disrupt the gender binaries in film, how to make festivals more approachable, and what it will take to make storytelling more inclusive.

3rd Sep Production
Creative Correspondence... with Ram Madhvani and Tanvi Gandhi

Creative Correspondence... with Ram Madhvani and Tanvi Gandhi

Our 30th celebrations continue as we eavesdrop on conversations between some of the industry's most renowned figures chatting to the icons of the future. This time it's directing legend Ram Madhvani talking... well, rhyming... with Equinox Films' up-and-comer, Tanvi Gandhi.

26th Aug Production
Mark Molloy: The Underdog at Apple’s core

Mark Molloy: The Underdog at Apple’s core

With a career spanning the best part of 15 years, and a 2019 that would be tough to beat, what’s next for the SMUGGLER director whose Underdogs and Surprises have given Apple advertising real heart? Jamie Madge grabbed some FaceTime with the locked-down Aussie to chat about the whole working-from-home thing.

31st Jul Production
Hannah & Adriana's internet of comedy

Hannah & Adriana's internet of comedy

Comedy directors, Hannah & Adriana, of Superprime, chat about cutting their teeth on editing Funny or Die skits, what SNL taught them about collaboration, and how to become funnier than your neighbor’s 12 year old kid who downloaded TikTok last week and has a million followers.

30th Jul Production
Creative correspondence... with Diane McArter and Casey Rand

Creative correspondence... with Diane McArter and Casey Rand

As part of our ongoing 30th birthday celebrations, we're asking iconic industry figures to chose a person to interview and be interviewed by. Here, Diane McArter and Casey Rand talk social change, discovering purpose and what finally helps tip a tipping point.

29th Jul Production
YDA 1-to-2 with Lisa Mehling and Nisha Ganatra

YDA 1-to-2 with Lisa Mehling and Nisha Ganatra

The final element of this year's YDA Week, ahead of tomorrow's ceremony, is a discussion with Chelsea Pictures' MD and former YDA President, Lisa Mehling, and TV, film and commercial director, Nisha Ganatra.

28th Jul Production
YDA 1-to-1 with... Ram Madhvani

YDA 1-to-1 with... Ram Madhvani

Day two of YDA Week ends with insight from iconic, Cannes Lion-winning director Ram Madhvani.

27th Jul Production
YDA 1-to-1 with... Pamela B Green

YDA 1-to-1 with... Pamela B Green

In the second of today's YDA 1-to-1 interviews, Pamela B Green discusses her fascinating and powerful documentary, Be Natural; The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache, which is about the world's first female film director.