The Emerging Directors Awards 2019 is now open for entries.

A CPI and ICAD collaboration, the Emerging Directors Awards 2019 is now in its fourth year. Our aim is, as always, to find, award and nurture the best up and coming directors in Ireland today and to build on the success of EDA Ireland to date.

Categories:

Category 1 — Commercial
(fee €50 per entry)
Work which has been commissioned for TV or online. Directors must have had no more than five years professional experience.

Category 2 — Spec commercial
(fee €50 per entry)
Directors must have had no more than three years professional experience.

Category 3 — Charity film
(fee €25 per entry)
Work which has been commissioned for TV or online by a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation. Directors must have had no more than five years professional experience.

Category 4 — Short film
(fee €50 per entry)
Directors must have had no more than five years professional experience.

Category 5 — Music video
(fee €50 per entry)
Directors must have had no more than three years professional experience.

Category 6 — Animation
(fee €50 per entry)
Directors must have no more than five years professional experience.

Category 7 — Student film
(fee €25 per entry)
Work produced by students or recent graduates who graduated in either June 2017 or in 2018.

Category 8 — Immersive Media
(fee €50 per entry)
Films produced primarily using VR/360 which can be branded content or independent projects. Directors must have no more than five years professional experience. 

Category 9 — Overseas
(fee €50 per entry)
Work which fits any of the above categories. Directors must have had no more than five years professional experience, must be residing outside of Ireland and must be born in Ireland or have links to the Irish commercial industry, by either being represented by an Irish production company or having attended film school in Ireland.

Category 10 — EDA Producers Award
(fee €50 per entry)
This award recognises all the hard work done by emerging producers in the industry. To enter yourself or to put forward a producer who has been outstanding in their field please outline a brief summary of your/ their work to date and why you/ they deserve to be awarded EDA Ireland Producer of the Year. The producer should have no more than five years professional experience. Please note that unfortunately the Producers Award winner will not be entered into the Young Directors Awards at Cannes as the entry criteria is different.

Category 11 - EDA Cinematographers Award
(fee €50 per entry)
The EDA is delighted to announce a new award for cinematography spotlighting promising cinematographers and helping provide exposure within our creative industries. This award is an opportunity for budding cinematographers to show the artistic achievement of their craft. Entries can be either advertising content, music promos or short films and entrants can include a maximum of three pieces of work they would like to have considered. The Cinematographer should have no more than 5 years professional experience. Please note that unfortunately the Cinematographers Award winner will not be entered into the Young Directors Awards at Cannes as there is no Cinematography category.

How To Enter:

Entries should be submitted via the online awards system which has officially reopened.

The system is very straightforward and will prompt you at any given point. You will need to register your account.

Once you’ve done so, simply go to Entries>My Entries and click on ‘Start new entry’, click the category and add the entry details and credits (Agency / Client / Product / Producer / Production Company / DOP / Art Director/ Additional Crew). You will not need to upload any files, rather we ask that you give us a Vimeo link to a high res file. Please remember that should your entry be successful and be shown on awards night, this is the file that will be played. You can add as many entries as you like but a separate fee will apply for each entry. During the entry process you will be asked to confirm your eligibility for each category so please remember to review the criteria. The committee reserve the right to look further into eligibility should any question over eligibility arise.

Once you have uploaded all of your entries, you can pay for them within the entry system. You will then receive confirmation of your entries.

2019 Submission Deadline:

All entries need to be submitted by February 6th, 2019.

Judging:

Each category will be judged by a professional working industry panel made up of two established directors, a commercials producer and two senior advertising agency creatives. The panel will award a winner and second place prize in each of the Director's categories. In the Producers and the Cinematographers category there will only be one winner.

In addition to the coveted EDA Ireland award, we are absolutely delighted to announce that the EDA Ireland winners from each of the directors categories will have automatic entry into the prestigious Young Directors Awards at Cannes.

The YDA at Cannes was established 20 years ago and pioneered the awards platform recognising and showcasing emerging directors. We are very excited to put our directors on their international stage as well as at home. To read more about their fantastic event, click on this link http://youngdirectoraward.com

Awards Night:

The awards night will be held on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 in the Sugar Club, Dublin.

Contact:

entries@edaireland.ie