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YDA deadline extended

New deadline is January 20th

As we approach the 2017 YDA deadline (now extended to January 20th), 2016 judge Dylan Cotter gives us his thoughts on the awards:
Most advertising awards shows emphasise the primacy of concept, with craft awards feeling by comparison like a kind of consolation prize. That’s why the YDAs matter. Because the craft of filmmaking arguably matters more than it ever has, and that craft deserves a stage of its own.

If you’re young (I can’t find an actual age limit anywhere in the guidelines… so I hereby declare under 44 to be young) and you’re directing or producing film of any kind – shorts, music videos, ads, documentaries – enter early and enter often. It’s the best way possible of getting your work recognised by the wider creative community.


Priority booking to the YDA ceremony on February 23rd is now open to ICAD members. Tickets will go on general release on January 20th.

You can enter the YDAs here.

In the meantime, here’s a reminder of last year’s winners:

Short Films
Winner – Benjamin Cleary, Stutterer
Second place – Adam Patterson, The River
Special Mention for Craft – Kristina Yee, Miss 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 Magnier, Flashback
Second place – Fergal Costello, Meet my partner!
Special Mention – Laura Way, Changeling TV Promo

Commercial Work
Winner – Danann Breathnach, Place 2 be
Second place – Bob Gallagher, Nightmare
Special Mention – Finn Keenan, Run 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)