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. Create a portfolio, start networking, be rewarded 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 and make you work with the best creative directors in Poland. After becoming a finalist, you will be given a budget of 10000 PLN to develop you idea. You will also be given a list of companies that will aid you with your project. You can win cash prizes if your work receives an honourable mention.
Films from the finalists will be showcased during the final Gala as well as various exhibitions, workshops and festivals.
What is the cost of all this?
Applying is free of charge. If your directorial explication reaches the 3rd stage of the competition we will hand you 10 000 PLN to finance the film for the competition.
Where do I start?
It’s simple, first you need to register on our web page. After your account is activated, you will get a bundle of Creative Starters - briefs from the sponsors. Choose one that appeals to you the most, you can write two explications for each sponsor’s topic/brief. Create your directorial explication and upload it to your account on our web page before the competition deadline and wait for information on your status.
Explications can be written by yourself or in two-person teams (in this case both individuals writing the explication must register in the competition and the finished work has to include both competition IDs). Keep in mind that should your film reach the development stage it is you or your partner that have to direct it, no one else.
Can I use a preexisting idea for a film in the competition?
The rules of PYD state that the directorial explication has to be your original idea developed specifically for the competition based on the sponsor’s brief. Directorial explications for films submitted for other contests (including previous pyd editions), or ones that are not yours are off the table and will not be taken into consideration.
Can I submit content that I have developed and made public prior to the competition?
To keep in line with the competition's guidelines, the film must directly pertain to a creative brief and be developed for PYD specifically. One must remember that the film must not breach any copyrights that have been transferred by you onto another entity, this is why we discourage sending in material that has been made available to others. Oftentimes the rules of publishing your content on other platforms forbid sharing it with third parties. If your film is selected by a PYD sponsor brand, this brand will require all copyrights to the film without third party interference.
I’m only 16, am I eligible for the competition?
No, you're not.
The competition targets individuals between the ages of 20 and 30 (born between 1988 - 1998).
Does my place of residence matter for the competition?
No, it doesn't. PYD in open to filmmakers from Poland and abroad. At times a brief will envision the use of a particular language, but do not let that discourage you from taking part in the competition.
What are the contents of my PYD user panel?
PYD user panel includes any guidelines and documents needed for partaking in the competition. The user panel contains topics, a directorial explication template, a template for transferring financial copyrights of the directorial explication template, a template for transferring the film's copyrights and a template for the credits. A finished directorial explication is to be uploaded to the server or e-mailed to:
Each of the participants to qualify for stages II and III will be contacted personally by the organizer.
What is a creative starter?
A creative starter is a document that outlines an idea a given sponsor has to convey in an explication and film. It includes tips on the overall tone of the film as well as additional information on presenting the sponsor’s logo
What is a directorial explication?
A directorial explication is a document in which contestants describe their idea for the film. It consists of various parts - the description of the idea, characteristics of the actors, ideas for the set design and references.
How many directorial explications can I submit?
Each contestant is allowed to submit up to 2 explications for each of the six Main Partners, which adds up to 12 submissions allowed per contestant.
What does the grading process for films and directorial explications look like?
The jury will read through all the directorial explications and select the best ones. Next, it will meet up with chosen authors during workshops and will consult each individually on the topic of a given project. After the workshops are completed, everyone is obligated to put forth a storyboard for the treatment. From the showcased storyboards, the jury will select the best to be forwarded to production.
The jury will watch all submitted films and select the best three. PYD jurors grade the production quality, creativity and idea. The grading will be fair and all final films will be taken into consideration. Submitted films that do not meet the brief’s assumptions but their creative and productive value makes an impression on the jurors might be accepted and advanced farther.
Who will receive the first degree prizes?
First degree prizes for the sum of 10 000 PLN are awarded to each participant whose directorial explication qualifies for the third stage of the competition. The funds are transferred after signing contracts for the directorial explication and the copyrights to the film.
How many first degree prizes can I try out for?
You can try out for a maximum of one prize. It does not matter how many submissions you hand in, only one of your ideas can advance to the third stage of PYD.
How much is the first degree prize?
The first degree prize is always for the same amount of money – 10 000 PLN per explication.
How will I know if I received a first degree prize?
Should you advance to the third stage of PYD, an email will be sent informing you of it.
When will I receive the money?
As soon as you sign the necessary paperwork and send it to the organizer. The required documents are: contract for transferring financial rights for the directorial explication with the explication attached; contract for transferring copyrights and related claims to the film plus the number of bank account the money is to be wired to.
I’m at the third stage of the competition, I received the first degree prize but I am unable to shoot the film. Who do I to inform?
Contact us as quick as you can at so that we can give the prize to another filmmaker.
What is the best format for submitting films?
We only accept digital format and we suggest that you shoot in at least HD since all winning films will be shown on a big screen in cinemas and internet so it is in your best interest that the quality is there.
Can I incorporate work of other people in my film?
The film should be your own original work, do not copy films found online or elsewhere.
How should I name my files?
The file with your film should have the sponsor’s name in it with your last name following (no Polish characters).
Can I put the film on my web page so that the actors, the crew and my friends and family can view it?
You have full right to show the film to the above-mentioned people only if the link is private or protected by a password, do not put the film in a public domain, as this is forbidden at this stage of the competition. This also applies to tagging the brand and including any info on the brief unless stated otherwise by PYD. Until the day of the competition’s commencement nobody has the right to make the films public.
After the PYD Final Gala you are free to put the film up on your website but only if it displays a disclaimer at the beginning, the middle and the end stating: „This film is not an official and authorized ad for [insert name of the sponsor] brand. This film has been developed as part of the Papaya Young Directors 2018 competition”
What documents are required for my film’s participation in the third stage of the competition?
In order to partake in the third stage of the competition it is required to sign a contract with the organizer pertaining to the transfer of the explication's copyrights and film’s copyrights and related claims. Additionally, each film is to include signed credits. Documents are to be signed and sent so that PYD is sure that you have not violated the rights of any third party.

We want you to show proof that individuals who took part in your project gave consent to submit the film to PYD, so that the film can be used within the terms of the contract you have with us. If you use music files as a part of your film, all copyright owners of used music (writers, composers, producers etc.) must sign a licensing agreement with you, so that as a filmmaker you are allowed to use their work in your film.

The contestant is required to sign agreements with all creators engaged in the production process as well as obtain all necessary copyrights. In the case of actors and music, the contestant is to obtain a licence for commercial use on the Internet for the period of 15 months starting with the day following the Final Gala. Plus, another licence for indefinite period for use at festivals, competitions and internet for self-promotional reasons and archiving purposes of the Organizer and remaining creators.
Do the actors taking part in the film receive any pay?
Remember that by taking part in the competition and signing contracts with the competition organizer you transfer the rights of personal portrayal onto PYD for the period of at least 15 months starting the day after PYD commencement, for use on the Internet, including commercial use and for an indefinite period for self-promotion use by the organizer and other creators.
For the use of film on the internet for the abovementioned period, actors and other performance receive no compensation, since that is to be taken care of during the production process.
If my film is animated, do I still need to fill out the documents in the user’s panel?
Yes, you still need to fill out the forms and sign copyright contracts. If you use voiceover artists or music you will need to sign agreements with all parties relevant to your film and include them in the credits.
How will you choose the winners?
By way of voting during the Jury’s deliberations.
When will you choose and announce the winners?
The jury deliberations will be held at PYD HQ on 25/02/2019 - 31/03/19 and 10/04/11 (first and second stage of the competition) and 3/06/19 (third stage of the competition), whereas the announcement of the winners will take place at the PYD Final Gala in June 2018 in Warsaw.
I won! What now?
Great! If you won the first stage of the competition you will receive information via e-mail. You will find out who won the PYD contest during the Final Gala, if you are unable to attend - we will call you and give you the good news with the info on where to collect your prize.
How are winners contacted?
Award winners are informed at the Final Gala, if you are unable to attend we will call you.
I have not won; can I upload my film on to social media at this point?
Yes, you have the right to upload your work to youtube/vimeo but you must wait until PYD shares the content on their social media channels and web pages. This will be done no sooner than after the contest ends. If you choose to upload your film onto a public domain you can do so no sooner than after the end of the PYD but only if it displays a disclaimer at the beginning, end and in the middle stating: „This film is not an official and authorized ad for [insert name of sponsor] brand. This film has been developed as part of the Papaya Young Directors 2018 competition”. Keep in mind that at the request of the organizer or the brand that is marketed through the film, the film must be removed.
Who has the rights to the film I submitted?
As specified by the contract with the organizer pertaining copyrights, the organizer is the sole holder of those rights starting with the moment of transfer. The contestant is obligated to sign agreements with all individuals engaged in the production and secure all copyrights. In the case of actors and music, the contestant is to obtain a licence for commercial use on the Internet for the period of 15 months starting with the day following the Final Gala. Plus, another licence for indefinite period for use at festivals, competitions and internet for self-promotional purposes and archiving purposes of the Organizer and remaining creators.
On the basis of this agreement the contestant is allowed to present the film as part of their work.
Can I use the film or its fragments again for other things after submitting it to PYD?
Once you send in the film to PYD and sign all the aforementioned agreements, the organizer becomes the sole holder of the copyrights. Once you use the same film in another way or fashion, you break the rules of these agreements. Of course you can use it for non-commercial use or as part of your portfolio in accordance with rules included in the agreement.
Do I have to pay taxes on the prizes I receive from PYD and how do I pay them?
The tax from prizes amount to 10% of the sum awarded and will be deducted from the sum by the organizer before handing over the prize. The tax will be paid to the tax bureau applicable to the Organizer. Before receiving the prize, you will be asked to sign a statement for permittance of paying the tax on your behalf by the organizer.
Where will I find my unique contestant ID?
The system will automatically assign a number to your account. You will find it in your Contestant Account, you do not need to type it in anywhere.
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