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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.

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.

Creative Correspondence

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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