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Shortlist Announced for the 2016 D&AD Next Director Award, 6 months ago

Winner will be announced on 19th May at the D&AD Awards Ceremony in London

Shortlist Announced for the 2016 D&AD Next Director Award

D&AD’s search for the world’s next Ridley Scott, Kathryn Bigelow or Jonathan Glazer moves one step closer today with the announcement of the 2016 Next Director Award shortlist.

The Next Director Award has been created to unearth the best new directorial talent and promote it back to the industry.

One individual, selected from the shortlist of 21 during a final judging session at the 2016 D&AD Festival (20-22 April), will be awarded the title of D&AD Next Director 2016. The winner will be announced on 19 May at the D&AD Awards Ceremony in London.

The award is open to aspiring filmmakers with less than two years commercial filmmaking experience. Entrants could submit up to three films of any type – including short films, commercials, branded content, documentaries and music videos.

This year’s award has been judged by some of the industry’s highest profile names including, but not limited to, Laura Gregory from Great Guns; directors Kim Gehrig, Dougal Wilson and Antoine Bardou-Jacquet from Partizan Paris; and David Knight of Promonews and BUG.

This year’s full shortlist:

    Elizabeth Lo, Hotel 22

    Dexter Navy, A$AP ROCKY

    Daisy Jacobs, The Bigger Picture

    bif, OFFF Porto titles

    bif, Green

    Dent De Cuir, DyE feat. Egyptian Lover 'She’s Bad'

    Dent De Cuir, The Shoes 'Drifted'

    New Media Ltd aka Mike Anderson, Ryan Dickie, Abigail Horto, Night Stalker

    Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper, Florian Wittmann, Wrapped

    Jing Shao, Text History of Jane

    Enrico Mazzanti, The Kiss

    Brad Lubin, Living Nutz 

    Brad Lubin, Birth Class

    Sam Southward, After The End

    Conor Byrne, Skittles "Struck By A Rainbow"

    Zack Spiger, The Words You Said

    Alexandra Hsu, Sophie

    Chiara Grabmayr, Moonjourney

    Alexander Engel, This Is It

    Ayse Altinok, Motion Poem 

See all their work here.


Each shortlisted film director will receive a host of invaluable prizes designed to provide the launchpad for a great career, including:

- Mentoring during the D&AD Festival 2016 from world-leading filmmakers and producers.

Screenings of their work at the D&AD Festival in London in April, at The Mill in May and at MOFILM events around the world.

The opportunity to apply for a production grant from MOFILM to work on a commissioned brief.

Tickets to attend the D&AD Awards Ceremony in May 2016, where the winner will be announced in front of over 1,600 of the industry’s most prominent creatives.

Fights for the winner to come to London for the event and a D&AD Next Director Pencil.

The overall winner will then be announced at the D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony on Thursday 19 May.

To find out more about the Next Director Award, including the jury, eligibility criteria and prizes click here.