The Young Director Award has supported and promoted debuting international creative talent in commercial film production since 1998.
The YDA is the only award specifically dedicated to beginners. As a result, the award has become a pioneer breaking ground for directors using new technologies and progressive techniques.
The Young Director Award is recognized as the most important fringe event of the Cannes Lions, attracting over 300 participants and over 900 spectators every year. This gives considerable exposure to the winning directors.
The Award is divided into two sections: European and Non-European directors.
The eight award categories are:
Branded short films
The light is your friend
Young Director Award – Born to create drama