About competition

Papaya Young Directors is the only competition for young film directors in Europe that facilitates direct access to the professional world of filmmaking.

Up until now there have been six editions of the competition, with 96 films made for 45 sponsors.

Each year, applicants are invited to log in our User Panel and submit an idea for a chosen brief, supplied by one of our sponsors in the form of a Director’s treatment.

Winning applicants are chosen by a jury, and then invited to the next stages of the competition. Level 2 - workshops. Level 3 - Shooting boards.

The finalists are then given a budget of 2 200 euros to shoot their film.

The final films are judged by a board of high profile Creative Directors, Copywriters, Cinematographers and Directors.

Along with the budget to shoot their films, the finalists are also given a list of companies who can offer assistance in the production of the the film: equipment rentals, post-production studios, professional filmmakers, - cinematographers, set designers, costume designers, production managers, stunts, composers.

All ideas can be submitted by an individual or by a duo, but at least one of the writers MUST also be the Director of the film.

The premiere screening of the film and the award ceremony will take place in June during the final gala. 

The competition is targeted at students and graduates of Film School, as well as Art Schools, Liberal Arts Schools, amateur filmmakers and those people without a higher education between the ages of 20-35.

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 an exchange of ideas
This adventure is fascinating for each of the companies. You can learn a lot about the ways of communicating with the young target group.
Magda Kicińska
Papaya Young Directors gives you the opportunity to discover new stars, to get to know young people who are starting in the business and who offer an utterly fresh look on what we are doing, and that is amazing. A superbly organized competition.
Adam Szałamacha
The competition changed virtually everything in my life.
Weronika Ławniczak
II Place in the Papaya Young Directors competition in 2016
directing roster in Papaya Films
When the third edition of the competition came to an end, I stopped being a no-name among the clients.
Jan Wąż
finalist of the Papaya Young Directors 2016
High Spot agency
I think that this competition added a good decade to my career.
Julia Rogowska
Papaya Young Directors 2015
Papaya Films roster director
The amazing thing about this competition is that anyone can take a crack at it, you don't have to worry whether you know anything about the business.
Kajetan Plis
Papaya Young Directors 2015
Hart Warsaw agency
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