What is Papaya Young Directors?
Papaya Young Directors (PYD) is a competition aimed at aspiring directors in the film industry. The competition is based around developing films for PYD’s partners and sponsors. PYD helps filmmakers to produce ground-breaking films which will increase their visibility in the film and marketing industry. It also helps them create a portfolio, start networking, and work with the best.
Why should I take part in the competition?
PYD will help you create your portfolio based on briefs from big companies. You will also be given the opportunity to work with some of the best creative directors in Poland. After becoming a finalist, you will be given a budget of 2 500 EURO to develop your idea further. You will also be given a list of companies that will aid you with your project. Films from the finalists will be showcased during the final Gala as well as at various exhibitions, workshops, and festivals. If your work receives an honorable mention you may also be entitled to a cash prize.
What is the cost of all this?
Applying is free of charge. If your directorial application reaches the 3rd stage of the competition, you will be given 2 500 EURO to finance the film for the competition.
Where do I start?
First, you need to register on our web page. After your account is activated, you will receive ‘Creative Starter’ briefs from our sponsors. Please choose the one that appeals to you most and writes a Director’s treatment for it. You can submit up to two. From here you will need to upload your treatment onto the Papaya Website, before the competition deadline. The submissions will then be assessed. Please keep checking the website for information on the status of your application.
Treatments can be written by yourself or in a two-person team (in this case both individuals must register for the competition. The submission must include both competition IDs). Keep in mind that should your film reach the development stage, ONLY you or your writing partner can direct the film.
What is the Branded Stories category?
In the Branded Stories category, you create an advertising film for one of the main Partners of the competition. In the first stage, you should write a director's explication in response to the Main Partner’s brief. If you get to the next stage, you will have to talk to the Jury and prepare the shooting board. After selecting the best projects, the finalists receive a budget and start making films.
What is the Music Stories category?
The Music Stories category is about creating a music video for one of the songs of seven Kayax artists. In the first stage, you should write a directing explanation in response to a brief by the brand and artist. If you get to the next stage, you will have to talk to the Jury and prepare the shooting board. After selecting the best projects, the finalists receive a budget and start making films.
What is the Instagram Stories category?
The Instagram Stories category challenges you to create a film in a vertical format for one of the Main Partners of the competition. This applies to both the advertising film and the music video. In the first stage, you should write a director's explication in response to the brief provided by the chosen Main Partner. It is important that its content clearly indicates that the film will be implemented in a vertical format. If you get to the next stage, you will have to talk to the Jury and prepare the shooting board. After selecting the best projects, the finalists receive a budget and start making films.