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20 January 2019

Papaya launch Young Directors Competition.

by Syd Briscoe


Papaya Films have launched the sixth edition of their Young Directors Competition.

Aimed at helping aspiring filmmakers break into the ad industry, the contest sees participants write prompted director's treatments and create films for nine brands following the release of briefs on the 14th of January. The competition has also expanded its efforts to support and educate young filmmakers this year, as they run workshops dedicated to various aspects of making commercials.

In addition to the workshops, the #PYDMASTERTALKS project was launched, comprising an online video platform where prominent industry figures can share their experience and expertise with up-and-comers.

Papaya Executive Producer Kacper Sawicki described the Young Directors Competition ethos thus: "We want to increase the level of applications year by year. We cooperate with the best film and art schools, not only in Poland but all over Europe. We organise open meetings, free workshops. We invite special guests, we inspire, we show that creating an advertising film in such a short form is a valuable experience for a filmmaker."

This is a unique competition in which participants must combine two skills - writing engaging stories on paper and at the same time demonstrating their directing sense.

Marta Frączek, member of the jury of the competition, associate creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi.   


With a passion for bringing together creative types from all walks of life, Papaya aim to inspire the next generation of filmmakers and offer them a rare opportunity for exposure and experience.

The official premiere of the films will take place in June 2019, and - with this year's prize pool standing at 22,000 - we're expecting some fierce competition before then.

For more information about all things related to the competition, check out the Papaya Young Directors site.

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