GLOBAL — In light of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and a last-minute surge in entries, the entry period for the Young Director Award (YDA) 2020 has been extended to June 5.

YDA is moving forward this year as an online event, with an international jury of top producers, creatives, directors, and entertainment industry judging remotely, and the winners to be announced on an online broadcast in July.

“We believe that it is in all of our best interests to continue with YDA 2020 during these uncertain times to support and promote the young talent who are the future of our industries, and we’re excited to share their work with the world,” YDA said.

There are 16 categories, covering the majority of filmmaking styles and formats, among which two are new: “Best Use of Humour,” which celebrates storytelling through humor, and “Dreampitch,” which celebrates great ideas yet to be made into films.

This year’s Producers Award also works differently compared to previous years. The award celebrates the production company that has contributed the most to developing young directorial talent over the last year. Production companies will no longer have to submit a reel to enter; all production houses (excluding educational institutions) that have submitted work to any of the YDA 2020 categories will automatically be entered for the award.

The winner will be decided based on the points awarded for entries they are credited on, across all of their entries.

See the full list of categories here

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