D&AD Next Director Award

D&AD Next Director Award

Today D&AD are announcing the first shortlist for the Next Director Award – a brand new short film award in partnership with YouTube.

16 aspiring filmmakers are in the running for the first award, which follows a different format and exists separately to the D&AD Professional Awards. It is judged three times per year, producing three separate shortlists, which are then in contention for the overall prize. The overall winner will announced at the Professional Awards Ceremony in May 2015. Are you an aspiring film-maker? Then the entry deadline for the second shortlist will be October 15.

Alison Lomax, Head of Creative Agency Partnerships, YouTube commented,

“I was blown away by the high level talent and variety of films across branded content, music videos and documentaries. A true reflection of the calibre of this next generation of filmmakers on YouTube.”

The first shortlist has a really nice mix of films; everything from animation, to documentaries to music videos and commercials, selected by a panel of top directors including Dougal Wilson, David Bruno, Laura Gregory, Ringan Ledwige, and Juliette Larthe.

We’ve selected some of our favourites below, you can view the entire shortlist here.




Walking Contest, a short film directed by Vania Heymann





Mr Flash: ‘Midnight Blue’, a music video directed by PENSACOLA





GAWDS, a documentary directed by Christine Yuan





Living Moments, branded content directed by Paul Trillo

Jack Daly
  • Written by Jack Daly
  • Posted on Jul 17, 2014