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2015 cfp-e/shots YDA: Call for Entries & Evolution of the Event

The Young Director Award event is organized by CFP-Europe with the support of Shots and is a renowned (if we do say so ourselves) and established part of the Cannes Lions week. An event which has seen talented directors such as Ringan Ledwidge(1998), Aleksander Bach (2009) ,Hanna Maria Heidrich (2011) or the Belgian Charles De Meyer(2013) and come to the fore as winners of the competition. But as with all things, it’s a case of evolve or die, and the YDA is evolving.

2015 will be its year of transition – more on which later – but fear not, there will still be an YDA event at the Cannes Lions Festival this year, and the competition is now open for entries. The list of categories and how to enter can be found here and the YDA is, as ever, looking to reward the cream of young international directing talent across a variety of platforms. The deadline for entry to this year’s competition is May 24.

This year there will be no ceremony at the Marriott hotel but a combined, if slightly curtailed, prize-giving followed by a lavish party that will take place at Long Beach, on the Croisette, on Thursday June 25 at 6.00pm.

As for the 2016 event the YDA will develop further and will get a new formula. It will be reshaped using the basis of the last 17 years, not to change it, but to add to it: encompassing all filmic means and platforms, apart from features, to better reflect the way that advertising itself has evolved. CFP-Europe and its country CFP association members want to allow the directors who enter the YDA to be able to express themselves and confront the challenges the three pillars (marketers, agencies and producers) of the communication industry faces.”

Meanwhile, the shortlist for the 2015 competition will be revealed on the YDA website, and on, week beginning June 15, with the winners being revealed week beginning June 22. Selected winners will also appear in shots magazine issue 158 and on the accompanying DVD.



CFP-Belgium is working on different upcoming events (CFP- White Book workshop // CFP get-together-drinks // local YDA in collaboration with schools //….)

More news soon !!