Papaya Young Directors is the only competition for young film directors in Europe that facilitates direct access to the world of professional filmmaking.
Up until now there have been five editions of the competition - the contestants have shot 80 films for 31 sponsors.
The condition for applying is logging into the user panel after the competition opens and submitting an idea in the form of a directorial treatment in response for a chosen brief of a sponsor brand.
Authors of the best directorial explications, chosen by the jury, are invited to participate in further stages of the competition - the workshop stage and the shooting board stage. The finalists are given the budget to shoot their film.
The films are judged by a jury consisting of a couple dozens of creative directors, copywriters, cinematographers and directors.
Apart from being given the budget to shoot their films, the finalists are given a list of companies that support the competition: equipment rentals, post-production studios, as well as professional filmmakers who are willing to help the finalists - cinematographers, set designers, costume designers, production managers, stunts, composers.
The ideas can be submitted by an individual or by a duo, what is important is that one of the authors of the directorial explication is also the director of the film.
The premiere screening of the films, as well as the award ceremony take place during the final gala in June.
The competition is targeted at students and graduates of film schools, as well as art schools, liberal arts schools, amateur filmmakers and people without a higher education between the ages of 20 and 35 (according to the year date, not particular months).
Goals of the competition:
Introducing young filmmakers to the world of advertising
Education - original workshops and lectures about advertising
Creating a platform of collaboration and exchange of ideas