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What is PYD?
PYD is a competition for directors who want to make it in the film industry. It is organized based on videos created for the sponsors of the contest (e.g. Rossmann, Play, Rainbow Tours) and the Organizer's partners. PYD helps filmmakers create groundbreaking work that will let them get noticed in the advertising industry. Create a portfolio, make contacts, get rewarded and work with the best.
Why should I participate?
PYD can help you create a portfolio with real subjects (briefs) for large companies, in cooperation with the best creative directors in Poland. Taking part in the competition for a director's explication, you can reach the final stage and receive PLN 7,500.00 gross for the production of your idea, as well as contacts to producers and companies that will help you make the project come true. You can win cash prizes if your work is selected.
The winner receives PLN 25,000.00 gross, and the pool of prizes in the competition is PLN 45,000.00 gross. The films that make it to the final will be screened at the final gala and placed on the competition's official website.
How much does this cost?
Zero, zilch, nada. Participation in the PYD competition is free of charge, and if you write a director's explication that makes it to the second stage, you will receive money to help fund the entry!
Where to begin?
It's easy. First, you need to register on our website. After your account is activated, you will find the sponsors' subjects (briefs) on your profile. Choose the subject (brief) that you like most. You can also write explications for all the available sponsors' subjects (briefs). Create your director's explication and upload it to your account on our website before the closing date of the competition and wait to see if your entry gets to the final.
I'm only 16 years old. Can I participate in the competition?
No! You must be of age.
Does my place of residence matter?
No. The PYD competition is open to filmmakers from Poland and abroad. Even though sometimes the subject (brief) will require the use of a particular language, this should not discourage you from participating.
What’s in my PYD participant's account (user panel)?
The PYD user panel contains all the instructions and documents necessary to take part in the competition.
The panel includes the subjects (briefs), a template of a director's explication, a template of an agreement for the transfer of copyrights to the director's explication, a template of an agreement for the transfer of copyrights and related rights to the film, and a form template of film credits. Your director's explication should be uploaded to the server or sent via email to: konkurs@papayayoungdirectors.com. Each of the contestants qualified for the second stage of the competition will be invited separately by the Organizer for the purpose of signing the above agreements.
What format should I use?
We accept only digital movies and suggest shooting in HD format at least. The winning entries will be shown on a big theater screen and on the Internet, so it's definitely desirable that they look as good as possible :)
Can I use someone else's material and footage in the film?
The footage should be your own and made by yourself. Do not copy material from films found on the Internet or elsewhere.
Can I use an idea that I came up with earlier?
PYD contest rules and regulations state that the director's explication must be your original idea, prepared specifically for the contest, based on a sponsor's subject (brief). You cannot submit director's explications of films that have already taken part in other competitions, in the previous editions of the PYD competition, or that are not your original ideas.
Who is eligible for the First Degree Awards?
First Degree Awards in the amount of PLN 7,500.00 gross are intended for each participant whose director's explication qualifies for the second stage of the competition. The awards are transferred to the participant following the signing of agreements regarding the director's explication and the film.
How many First Degree Awards can I apply for?
You can only get one award. Regardless of how much director's explications you prepare and submit, only one of your ideas can reach the second stage of the PYD contest.
How many First Degree Awards are granted in the competition?
20 First Degree Awards for 20 finalists of the first stage of the PYD contest.
What is the First Degree Award?
The First Degree Award is the same amount for each of the finalists: 7,500.00 PLN gross.
How can I find out if I've been granted the First Degree Award?
You will be informed by email if you qualify for the second, final stage of the competition.
When will I get the money?
As soon as you sign the documents and deliver them to the Organizer. The following documents are required: an agreement on the transfer of copyrights to the director's explication including the annex (the director's explication), an agreement on the transfer of copyrights and related rights to the film including the annex (film credits), as well as your bank account number, to which the award will be transferred.
I'm in the second stage of the competition, I was awarded the First Degree Award, but I cannot make a film. Who should I advise about that?
As soon as possible, contact the head of the competition at: magda@papayayoungdirectors.com, so we can transfer the award to another filmmaker.
What is the maximum file size?
The maximum file size that can be uploaded to the PYD platform is 500 MB, but we suggest 100 MB for every 60 seconds of the movie, assuming you use the recommended MPEG4 encoding.
How should I name the files?
The filename should include the sponsor's name + your first and last name (do not use non-Latin characters).
After I submit the video, can I put it on my website so that the actors, crew, friends and family can watch it?
You have the right to show the movie to friends, family and members of the crew as long as the link is private or password-protected, but you cannot put it on a publicly-accessible server. Making an entry public is forbidden at this stage of the competition. This also applies to tagging the brand and posting information on the subject (brief) unless advised by PYD that you can share it publicly. Up until the final day of the competition, i.e. until the final gala, nobody has the right to make the film public. After the day of the PYD final gala you can put the video on your website, provided that the film includes, at the beginning, in the middle and at the end, the following information: "This video is not an official, authorized advertisement of the brand ......... This film was made for the film competition for young artists Papaya Young Directors 2016".
What documents are required for my film to take part in the second stage of the competition and why?
The documents must be submitted and signed so that PYD can be certain that you have not violated the rights of any third parties.
Along with your entry, we would like you to provide evidence that the persons and parties participating in the creation of the film have agreed for you to submit the video to the PYD contest. This is to ensure that the film can be used in accordance with the agreement that you conclude with us.
You will enter into an agreement with the Organizer on the transfer of copyrights to the director's explication and an agreement on the transfer of copyrights and related rights to the film including the annex – completed and signed film credits.
If you use music files in your video, all of the owners of the respective rights, including the composers, songwriters and creators of every piece of music must sign appropriate license agreements with you. As a result, as a filmmaker, you will have the right to use their music in the film. Music copyright laws or applicable laws of other co-authors or performers must cover the use of a song in the broadcast on the Internet for a period not shorter than 16 (sixteen) months from the final day of the PYD competition.
Will the actors involved in the film receive a salary?
Remember that upon participating in the competition and signing the agreements with the Organizer of the competition, you transfer to PYD the rights of publicity of third parties for a period of at least 16 (sixteen) months from the final day of the PYD competition, for use on the Internet. The actors and other performers do not receive additional remuneration from PYD for the use of the video on the Internet during the period of at least 16 months, because this ought to be settled by you at the production stage of the film.
If my film is animated, do I still have to fill the documents in the participant’s panel?
Yes, you still need to fill out the forms and enter into an agreement for the transfer of copyrights and related rights to the film. If you used voice artists or music, you will need to enter into the appropriate agreements with the relevant entities, and include the appropriate information in the film credits.
What does the evaluation process of the director's explications and films look like?
The jury will read all submitted director's explications and choose the top 20.
The jury of producers will review all videos submitted for the final and select the top 3.
PYD jurors evaluate production quality, creativity. The evaluation will be fair and all the final videos will be taken into account. Submitted films that do not meet the guidelines of the subject (brief), but impress the judges with the levels of creativity involved and good production values, may be accepted.
How are the winners selected?
During the deliberations of the jury, based on a vote.
When do you choose/announce the winners?
The Jury sessions will be held at the PYD headquarters on April 20, 2016, (first stage of the competition) and on May 31, 2016, (second stage of the competition), whereas the announcement of the winning films will take place at the final gala on June 8, 2016, in Warsaw.
I won!! What now?
Wonderful! If you win the first stage of the competition, you will receive the appropriate message via email. The winner of the PYD contest will be announced at the final gala. If you do not make it to the gala – the head of the competition, Magda Garska, will call you on the phone to deliver the good news and advise you how to claim your prize.
How are the contest winners informed?
Award winners are informed at the final gala. If you cannot make it to the gala, we'll call you.
I did not win. Can I upload my video to YouTube/Vimeo now?
Yes. You have the right to upload your work to YouTube/Vimeo, but you need to wait until PYD makes the final films available in SM and on its own webpages. This will happen no sooner than after the closing date of the competition.
If you decide to upload your video to a public platform, you will be able to do that after the final day of the PYD competition, provided that the film includes, at the beginning, in the middle and at the end, the following information: "This video is not an official, authorized advertisement of the brand ......... This film was made for the film competition for young artists Papaya Young Directors 2016".
Who has the rights to my contest entry?
Under the agreement for the transfer of copyrights and related rights to the film, the Organizer becomes the film's owner starting from the time of its transfer to the Organizer. Under the same agreement, the Participant is entitled to present the film as part of his/her work.
Can I reuse the movie or its fragments for other purposes after submitting it to the PYD?
The moment you send a movie to PYD and sign an agreement for the transfer of copyrights and related rights to the film, the Organizer becomes the owner of the film. Using the same film in a different way, you would break the provisions of the aforementioned agreement.
Of course, you can keep the movie for non-commercial personal use or as a part of your personal portfolio in accordance with the provisions of the aforementioned agreement.
Can I submit content which I produced and made public before the competition?
In order to fulfill the requirements of the competition, you have to produce a film that directly relates to the creative subject (brief) and was prepared specifically for the PYD competition. You also need to remember that the submitted material must not infringe on any prior rights of a brand, or other entity or person. Keeping that in mind, please do not send us materials that have been shared with others previously. Often, the terms and conditions under which you publish your material in other places may prohibit sharing it with others. If your video is chosen by a brand sponsoring the contest, the brand will want to have full rights to the film, without the involvement of any third parties.
Where to find your unique Member number?
The system assign your unique number automatically to your Account. You will find it in your Member Account. You don't have to fill in your number anywhere.
Each of the finalists receives manual from the organizers with all necessary information on the formalities and the next steps organizational - productive.

         The competition rules are available by logging on to user panel.