D&AD Inaugural Next Director Award

This year D&AD launched its first ever Next Director Award, which was created to unearth the best new directorial talent and promote it back to industry.

Vamia Heymann: Roy Kafri music video wins D&AD Next Director Award
Vamia Heymann: Roy Kafri music video wins D&AD Next Director Award

Both the winner and shortlisted directors receive exposure at international screenings and through D&AD and YouTube, along with mentoring from Partizan, RSA Films, Great Guns and Rattling Stick.

In addition, the shortlisted directors will receive a production grant from MOFILM to work on a commissioned brief.

The overall winner this year is Vamia Heymann for his Roy Kafri music video. Vania was born and raised in Jerusalem, and his body of work has made him a name in the interactive and digital world. He often shoots, edits and designs the VFX in his projects.

Laura Gregory, Foreman for the Next Director Award and founder of Great Guns said of her time judging: "The responsibility of recognising talent new to directing weighed heavily on our collective subconscious.

"It was a joy. Fresh work, some not so polished but unlike other awards I’ve served on over the last three years, I can honestly say there was not one ‘stinker’ in the mix.

"Thanks D&AD for a hell of a ride, enjoyed by me and all the wonderful judges who gave their time and care to provide global talent new to directing the support needed to help make their careers."