Positive Changes Afoot for this years EDAs
Positive Changes Afoot for this years EDAs

The Emerging Directors Awards Ireland, aims to find, award and nurture the best up and coming directors in Ireland today. This year's closing date for entries is February 6th. Awards will take place on March 6th.

The awards are open to all emerging directing and production talent who fit into the criteria within the relevant categories.

Formerly known as the Young Director Awards (YDA), the committee have announced with support from the CPI and ICAD that they are changing the name to the Emerging Directors Awards (EDA). Rebecca, Executive Producer at Assembly, said of the change;

“The awards were set up with the goal of finding, nurturing and rewarding the best up and coming talent in Ireland today. We felt with ‘Young’ in the title we were making age a factor when it shouldn’t be. We want to be very clear that we are open to all emerging directing and production talent once they fit into the criteria within the categories.”

The EDA committee is made up of two CPI members and two ICAD members. Rebecca Bourke (EP at Assembly) and Ger Roe (CD at Publicis Dublin) now welcome new members Lorraine Geoghegan (EP at Hinterland) and John Kilkenny (CD at TBWA).





One night that draws all that talent from all areas
One night that draws all that talent from all areas

Ger Roe explained why the awards are a must see for all creative people and producers working in the industry;

“It’s really hard to keep tabs on all the different emerging talent in Ireland. This is the one night that draws all that talent from all areas including outstanding craft in animation, inspirational short films and even speculative commercials. Creatives, Creative Directors and producers alike get to see all the emerging talent together in one night. As a communications agency our creative product has benefited massively from the EDA’s. In the last 3 years alone we have used up to 8 directors across a number of our different accounts.”

For more information on categories, judging and submitting to the EDAs click here.