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 2 300 EURO to develop you 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 honourable 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 2 200 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 write 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 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.
Can I use a preexisting idea for a film in the competition?
The rules of PYD state that the Director's treatments have to be your own original idea, developed specifically for the competition and based on the sponsor’s brief. Director’s treatments for films submitted for other contests (including previous PYD editions), or ones done by someone else will NOT be taken into consideration.
Can I submit content that I have developed and made public prior to the competition?
In line with the competition's guidelines, the film must be developed for PYD ONLY. It must not breach copyright requirements nor be published on other platforms. For this reason, it is discouraged to send in material that has been made available to third parties. If your film is selected by a PYD sponsor brand, the brand will require all copyrights to the film without third party interference.
What are the contents of my PYD user panel?
The PYD user panel includes guidelines and all documents needed for partaking in the competition.
• Director's Treatment Template
• Financial Copyright Transferral Template
• ‘Credits’ Template
• Film’s Copyright Transferral Template
You will then need to upload the full treatment including the documents onto the server.
Each of the participants will be contacted personally by the organiser if they qualify for stages II and III.
What is a creative starter?
A creative starter is a document that outlines an idea a given sponsor has to convey in a treatment and film. It includes tips for the overall tone of the film as well as additional information on presenting the sponsor’s logo.