The Young Creative Awards is our flagship program towards the young generation of audiovisual creators dedicated to tackling climate change.
Our aim is to bridge the gap between different generations within the audiovisual sector, to create a link between the energy of committed young creators and the experience of more established professionals who have been in the industry for many years.
The Young Creative Awards will grant one trophy to the best film according to the following criteria: the originality of the production, the technical quality (e.g. image, editing, and sound), and the effectiveness of the message to encourage the audience to take concrete action on environmental issues.
The winner of the Young Creative Awards will thus benefit from high international visibility amongst key audiovisual professionals from around the world, including winners of the Deauville Green Awards competitions, broadcasters, journalists, producers, directors, environmental experts, and the general public.
Last year we received - through our film submission platform FilmFreeWay - more than 450 submissions from all over the world.
This is a record participation for this 2nd edition of the competition. In the first edition in 2020 - although of high quality - we still had only 50 applications.
We are expecting around 800 entries this year, 2022, and a much higher profile for the competition and prize-giving within our networks and those of our media partners.
Film selection: the steps
After lengthy deliberations, the jury elected 3 finalists from the official selection of 100 films by the festival team.
The Jury announced the winner during the dedicated award ceremony during the two days of the festival in Deauville, within the live conference "New visions for tomorrow".
In addition to the audience, the live event generated more than 5000 views thanks to the involvement of our media partners.
The winning film, which provoked a rich and rare emotion, benefited from a good visibility and press coverage.
The 2021 Winner
by Hugo Caby, Zoé Devise, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, and Lucas Lermytte from Pôle 3D (France).
The film asks the question:
What would happen if Polar Bears had to live with Brown Bears due to global warming?
Since the Young Creative Awards, the film has been competing in Oscars, BAFTA, and many more prestigious awards.
The 2021 Jury
For the first year in 2021, we have set up a jury made up of recognised audiovisual creators and activists who are closest to our target group - committed young people under 30.
In 2022, we plan to redouble our efforts, and are currently in talks with the following prominent French filmmakers and video artists:
Louis Garrel, Aïssa Maïga, Camille Etienne, Nicolas Meyrieux.
Media and network partners
In 2021, for the call for films and the broadcasting of the live conference "New ways of looking at tomorrow" (debate sequence, speech by the jury and prize-giving ceremony), we collaborated with our network partners and mainstream media.
Based on its success, we will go further this year, and are looking forward to the following media partnerships: Konbini, Spicee, Le Bonbon, Nouvelle Empreinte, Vert le média, and others.
We will continue to solicit our network of associations, because the heart of this contest lies in the amplification of activist movements through audiovisual means.
For the first time in 2022, we are planning specific partnerships with European audiovisual creation schools: La Fémis (France), 3is (France), Pôle 3D (France), DFFB (Germany), LFS (UK), Warsaw Film School (Poland).