Young Directors Awards 2016

brought to you by ICAD and CPI




Sugar Club

A huge congratulations to all of the 2016 YDA winners …

Short Films
Winner – Benjamin Cleary, Stutterer
Second place – Adam PattersonThe River
Special Mention for Craft – Kristina YeeMiss Todd

Film School Work
Winner – Ciaran Hickey, The boy murderer
Second place – Eve Banahan, Braid
Special Mention – James Fitzgerald, Skunky Dog

Test/Spec Commercial
Winner – David MagnierFlashback
Second place – Fergal CostelloMeet my partner!
Special Mention – Laura WayChangeling TV Promo

Commercial Work
Winner – Danann BreathnachPlace 2 be
Second place – Bob GallagherNightmare 
Special Mention – Finn KeenanRun with it

Music Videos
Winner – Finn Keenan, Scumbag City Blues (The Strypes)
Second place – Bob Gallagher, Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage? (Girl Band)
Special Mention – Finn Keenan, Play Fire (Enemies)
Here’s what the judges said:

“The level of entries in this, the very first year of the YDAs, blew everybody away and made for a long and fun judging session. Congrats to every winner and sincere respect and thanks to every film-maker, awarded or not. It was a privilege to watch your work.

As we moved through the categories, something struck us that we wanted to remark on.

The imagination and boldness that was in ample supply in the short film and music video categories, was less evident in the two advertising categories. In a couple of instances, tellingly, even the same individual directors showed much more sensitivity and inventiveness in their music video & film work than in their ads.

You could blame the ad industry, and that’s partly fair. But even in the student advertising category, where directors have free rein to tell whatever stories they choose, the work was for the most part conventional and restrained.

Our plea to young directors and their mentors is an affirmative one. Don’t mistakenly think that advertising wants you to rein it in when you do ads. Bring along the boldness, the originality and the mischief that makes your short film and music video work as good as anything on earth.

Look at the best ads in the world — Cannes Lion winners for example — and peg your ambitions there, rather than looking at the average ad on TV and thinking “they probably want one of those”. As a jury, we were unanimously inspired and impressed by the depth of imagination of your work in other categories. We’d encourage you to do whatever you can to bring that same ambition and vitality to advertising.”
See ceremony info below

We have been blown away by the response to the inaugural Young Directors Awards and look forward to welcoming you to the Sugar Club on 23 February. Tickets are €10. If you pre-book and pay, we’ll save you a seat (contact [email protected]), otherwise you can show up on the night. The ceremony will commence at 7.30pm, doors open 6.45pm.

The following work has been shortlisted for an award:

Film School Work

James Fitzgerald Skunky Dog
Tom Reynolds Model Life
Eve Banahan Braid
Ciaran Dooley I’ve been a sweeper
Ciaran Dooley The Great Wide Open
Sandy Kennedy Paradise versus The Paradiso Effect
Ciaran Hickey The Boy Murder
Hanan Dirya Diving Within
Lochlainn McKenna Pockets
Jon Barton Grey Area
Music Videos

Finn Keenan Enemies – Play Fire
Bob Gallagher Girl Band – Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?
Bob Gallagher Girl Band – Paul
Jason Branagan Radio Room: Nobody Told You
Finn Keenan The Strypes – Scumbag City Blues
Kevin McGloughlin Villages of Ether
Test/Spec Commercial

Laura Way Changeling TV Promo
Dermot Malone Blind
Fergal Costello Doritos – Meet My Partner!
David Magnier Flashback
Luke Sweetman Music is my Power
Commercial Work

Kate Dolan GAA Be There All The Way
Finn Keenan Run with it
Anthony Assad Sightsavers’ ‘Snap a Sight’ Competition Promo
Johnny Cullen Cula 4 for TG4
Bob Gallagher Nightmare
Phil Montgomery  Guiness ‘Manifesto’
Danann Breathnach Place 2 Be
Phillip Montgomery The Gathering
Short Film

Dave Tynan Rockmount
Ger Duffy Little Bear
Hugh O’Connor Children & Animals
Benjamin Cleary  STUTTERER
Adam Patterson The River
Peter O’Brien Rose
Kristina Yee Miss Todd
Ross Killeen RBMA – Terri Hooley
Simon Brown Traveler
James Doherty Breathe
Lochlainn McKenna Pockets
Bob Gallagher Zephra
Maria-Elena Doyle Meniscus
Maria-Elena Doyle Inorganic
Ian Hunt Duffy Gridlock
Sean Donnellan The Hiding


See Call for Entries info below
CPI and ICAD have joined together to officially launch the Young Directors Awards 2016. Our aim is to find, award and nurture the best of the up and coming directors in Ireland today. The Irish commercial and advertising industry would like to invite young and recently established directors to enter work for consideration.

Enter HERE


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