The CFP-E (Commercial Film Producers of Europe), along with its then President and henceforth Honorary Chairman, François Chilot, inspired and created the Young Director Award 22 years ago.

The Young Director Award (YDA) is the only non-profit organisation to exclusively support and promote debuting, international creative talent in commercial film production, and is the only award exclusively-dedicated to up-and-coming, young filmmakers.

YDA’s uniqueness, aimed at promoting these young directing talents, has led it to become a groundbreaker.  It has paved the way, offering new directors remarkable opportunities for creating with state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge techniques.

Our primary goal is to discover and nurture young directing talent.

Maximizing global media coverage and heightening awareness of various stakeholders and players in the profession, YDA highlights the fact that one of the most essential roles of producers is to discover, nurture and promote directors.

YDA is internationally acknowledged as the most important “must-see” fringe event of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Every year over 500 participants and 900 spectators give prize-winning directors extraordinary exposure.

Since its creation some 22 years ago, YDA has benefited from the support of a myriad of international partners and sponsors.  These partners and sponsors, coming from the world of advertising, production and communication, have consistantly teamed up with YDA, to offer commitment, contribution and promotion of YDA’s vision to position gifted young directors on the world stage.

The YDA jury panel includes a host of highly-regarded industry producers, executive creative directors, and well-known journalists such as Danny Edwards, Editor of Shots and YDA Review, and Lyndy Stout, Founder and Editor of the online magazine 1.4.

Today, the Young Director Award pursues its quest as a pioneer, constantly breaking new ground, remaining at the forefront, and going beyond. As such, looking toward the future, YDA welcomes new partners, sponsors, and visionaries on-board.