Sweetshop and Young Director Award launch call for entries for their 2019/2020 mentorship

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Sweetshop and Young Director Award launch call for entries for their 2019/2020 mentorship

Sweetshop and Young Director Award (YDA) are calling for entries for their 2019 / 2020 mentorship. Directors who were either a YDA winner or shortlist, who are not currently signed by a production company, are invited to apply for the mentorship with their ‘Changing The World Frame By Frame’ film ideas.


Changing the World Frame by Frame’ invites young filmmakers to harness their creativity and use the power of images to convey a strong story and a message to the world. Sweetshop and YDA’s aim through its involvement with the Changing the World Frame by Frame category has been to help facilitate future initiatives for global social responsibility ideas and content.

Applicants must answer two questions:

  1. Tell us your film / script idea for Changing the World Frame By Frame
  2. Tell us what the mentorship will do for your career

Email applications to kneill@thesweetshop.tv.

The successful applicant will need to be prepared to follow and deliver to a production schedule. In turn, Sweetshop will pair the mentoree with an executive producer and director for advice and shadowing, script and treatment development, and pitching their film brands to score funding for the ultimate production on the film.

Applications close on 30 August 2019.

Last year, YDA joined forces with Sweetshop to create a mentorship prize allowing one of its winners access the skill, expertise and encouragement of a global production company.

The prize teamed 2018 Film School Gold Winner Bernd Fass (‘Tears in Heaven’) up with managing director and executive producer of Sweetshop UK and Europe Spencer Dodd, and Sweetshop director Mark Albiston whom over the last 12 months have been in regular contact to develop a project for social change.

Over the course of the mentorship, Bernd has developed a script which highlights the shocking, but generally unknown world of ‘Clickfarms’ – enterprises employing people to repeatedly click on online content to artificially inflate traffic and engagement – and a phenomenon he calls, “one of the most disturbing expressions of humanity’s strive for attention.”