COMPETITION AND TALENT
DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

FAQ

What is Papaya Young Creators?
Papaya Young Creators is a unique competition and talent development program, which each year selects the most talented filmmakers, enabling them to execute unique projects.
It is also an opportunity to reach a wide audience and promote people involved in the entire creative process, not only directing.
Why should I take part in the competition?
Papaya Young Creators will help you create your portfolio based on briefs from big companies. You will also be given the opportunity to work with some of the best creative directors in Europe. After becoming a finalist, you will be given a budget to develop your idea further. You will also be given a list of companies that will aid you with your project. Films from the finalists will be showcased during the final Gala as well as at various exhibitions, workshops, and festivals. If your work receives an honorable mention you may also be entitled to a cash prize.
When the competition starts?
The 9th edition of the Papaya Young Creators will start on 31st of January 2022
I’m 19. I'm 36. Am I eligible for the competition?
No, you're not.
The competition targets individuals between the ages of 20 - 35 (born between 1987 - 2002).
What is the cost of all this?
Applying is free of charge. If your application reaches the 3rd stage of the competition, you will be given a budget to finance the film for the competition.
Where do I start?
First, you need to register on our web page. After your account is activated, you will be able to read ‘Creative Starter’ briefs from our sponsors. Please choose the one that appeals to you most and write a treatment for it. You can submit up to three per category. From here you need to upload your treatment onto your account on Papaya Young Creators' website, before the competition deadline. The submissions will then be assessed. Please keep checking the website for information on the status of your application.

Treatments can be written by yourself or in a two-person team (in this case both individuals must register for the competition). Keep in mind that when your film reach the development stage, ONLY you or your writing partner can direct the film.

The exception is the TikTok Unique Stories category, in which a film is submitted, created in response to the brief and dedicated to the TikTok platform.


What is the Branded Stories category?
In the Branded Stories category, you create an advertising film for one of the Main Partners of the competition. In the first stage, you should write a director's treatment in response to the Main Partner’s brief. If you get to the next stage, you will have a meeting with the Jury and then prepare the shooting board. After selecting the best projects, the finalists receive a budget for shooting their films.
What is the Music Stories category?
The Music Stories category is about creating a music video for one of the songs of artists. In the first stage, you should write a treatment in response to a song. If you get to the next stage, you will have to talk to the Jury and prepare the shooting board. After selecting the best projects, the finalists receive a budget for shooting their films.
What is the TikTok Branded Stories subcategory?
TikTok Branded Stories subcategory is a part of Creative Playground by TikTok category.
In this subcategory you will need to create a film for one of the Papaya Young Creators Main Partners. It should be implemented in a vertical format using the TikTok application.
Start by writing a treatment in response to the brand's brief. It is important that your idea clearly indicates that the film will be produced in a vertical format. If you get to the next stage, you will be invited to the meeting with the Jury and then asked to prepare a shooting board. If you get to the final stage of the competition you will be given a budget to shoot your movie.
What is the TikTok Unique Stories subcategory?
TikTok Unique Stories subcategory is a part of Creative Playground by TikTok category.
For the first time in the competition’s history you will be allowed to submit your film instead of original ideas, for evaluation by a dedicated jury. In order to make your film you will have to use TikTok’s particular visual tropes and storytelling style to develop creative interpretations of the subcategory main theme: diversity and inclusion.
Can I make a vertical music video?
Unfortunately, no, in the 9th edition of Papaya Young Creators all music videos should be shoot horizontally.
Can I do an animation in any category?
Yes! We strongly encourage you to do so. Just remember to measure your intentions!
Can I use a preexisting idea for a film in the competition?
The rules of Papaya Young Creators state that the treatments have to be your own original idea, developed specifically for the competition and based on the sponsor’s brief. Treatments for films submitted for other contests (including previous editions), or ones were done by someone else will NOT be taken into consideration.
Can I submit content that I have developed and made public prior to the competition?
In line with the competition's guidelines, the film must be developed for Papaya Young Creators ONLY. It must not breach copyright requirements nor be published on other platforms. For this reason, it is discouraged to send in a material that has been made available to third parties. If your film is selected by a Papaya Young Creators sponsor brand, the brand will require all copyrights to the film without third party interference.
Can I refer to other films or cultural contexts?
Yes, references to other artists' creations are welcome. Just remember there is a significant difference between referencing and copying.
Does my place of residence matter for the competition?
No, it doesn't. A brief may state the use of a particular language, but do not let this discourage you from taking part in the competition.
What are the contents of my Papaya Young Creators user panel?
The Papaya Young Creators contestant panel includes guidelines and all documents needed for partaking in the competition.

• Treatment Template
• Financial Copyright Transferral Template
• ‘Credits’ Template
• Film’s Copyright Transferral Template

You will then need to upload the full treatment including the documents onto the server.
Each of the participants will be contacted personally by the organiser if they qualify for stages II and III.
What is a creative starter?
A creative starter is a document that outlines an idea a given sponsor has to convey in a treatment and film. It includes tips for the overall tone of the film as well as additional information on presenting the sponsor’s logo.
What is a treatment?
A treatment is a document in which contestants describe their idea for the film. It consists of various parts - the description of the idea, characteristics of the actors, ideas for the set design and references
Which language should I use to write a treatment?
You can write a treatment in English or Polish language.
The exeption is Audio Stories category. Here you can submit treatment only in Polish language.
How many pages should a treatment have?
The shorter the better :) Use the treatment template, which is available for download in the participant's panel. Complete all sections. Focus on providing the most important information. Avoid bloviating - an idea presented in a to-the-point manner is more likely to be remembered by Jury members.
How many director's treatments can I submit?
Each contestant is allowed to submit up to three treatments per category. In case of the TikTok Unique Stories category you can submit max. three films.
Can I submit treatments in all categories?
Yes, you can submit max. three treatments per category.
How many treatments in the Music Stories category can I write?
You can submit three treatments in the Music Stories category.
How do I submit treatments as a duo?
When uploading a treatment to the system, you can choose whether you want to submit the work alone or as a duo. If in a duet, the system asks for the email address of the other team members (the other person must have an account in the contestant panel).
The treatment should be uploaded only by one person from the duo.
Can I submit an idea in a duo for one category and alone for the another?
Yes. You can submit three ideas for each category, whether you do it alone or as a duo.
Can I write a treatment in a duet?
Yes, you can write a treatment in a duet.
How many treatments can I submit as a duet? Can I submit treatments in different duets?
You can submit three ideas for each category whether you do it alone or as a duo. You can participate in various duets.
What does the judging process for films and treatments look like?
The jury will read through all the treatments and select the best ones. They will then meet with the chosen applicants during workshops and feedback on the projects individually. When the workshops are completed - applicants will need to create a storyboard for the treatment. From the showcased storyboards, the jury will then again select the best ones to be forwarded into production.

The submitted films will then be judged on production quality, as well as creativity and ideas.
I don't live in Poland, but I got to the second stage. Do I have to come to Warsaw to be able to take part in the competition?
No, you can talk to the Jury online. Papaya Young Creators team will help you set the date.
Who will receive the first degree prizes?
First-degree prizes will be awarded to each participant whose director's treatment qualifies for the third stage of the competition. Once the contract is signed - the funds will be transferred to the applicant.
How many first degree prizes can I try out for?
Only one submission will be advanced to the third stage of Papaya Young Creators.
How much is the first degree prize?
The first degree prize is – depends from the category – 12 000 PLN or 18 000 PLN.
How will I know if I received a first degree prize?
Should you advance to the third stage of Papaya Young Creators, an email will be sent informing you of it.
When will I receive the money?
As soon as you sign the necessary paperwork and send it to the organizer. The required documents are,

• The treatment
• Financial Rights for the Treatment
• A contract for transferring Copyrights
• Bank Details of the account where the fund should be sent.
I’m at the third stage of the competition, I received the first degree prize but I am unable to shoot the film. Who do I to inform?
Contact us at contest@papayayoungcreators.com as soon as possible so that we can give the prize to another filmmaker.
What is the best format for submitting films?
We only accept the digital format. All winnings films will be shown on big screens in cinemas. It is in your best interest to shoot in HD for quality purposes.
How long can a film in the Branded Stories category be?
The length of a movie in the Branded Stories category cannot exceed 120 seconds.
Can I incorporate work of other people in my film?
The film should be your own original work, do not copy films found online or elsewhere.
How should I name my files?
The file with your film should include the sponsor’s name on it with your last name following.
Can I put the film on my web page so that the actors, the crew and my friends and family can view it?
You have the right to show the film to the names mentioned above, only if the link is private or protected by a password. Do not put the film in a public domain. It is forbidden at this stage of the competition. This also applies to tag the brand and including any information of the brief in the public domain unless stated otherwise by PYC.
Papaya Young Creators reserves the right to keep all films private.

After the Papaya Young Creators Final Gala, you are free to upload the film onto your website only if it displays a disclaimer at the beginning, the middle and the end stating:

“This film is not an official and authorized ad for [insert name of the sponsor] brand. This film has been developed as part of the Papaya Young Creators 2022 competition”
What documents are required for my film’s participation in the third stage of the competition?
In order to partake in the third stage of the competition, it is required to sign a contract with the organizer in regards to the transfer of the treatment's copyrights, and film’s copyrights. Additionally, each film is to include signed credits. Documents are to be signed and sent to Papaya Young Creators, to make sure that you have not violated the rights of any third party.

You will also need to show proof that individuals who took part in your project gave consent to submit the film to Papaya Young Creators. If you use music files as a part of your film, all copyright owners of used music (writers, composers, producers, etc.) must sign a licensing agreement permitting you.

You will also be required to sign agreements with all creators engaged in the production process, as well as obtain all necessary copyrights. In the case of actors and music, you will need to obtain a license for commercial use on the Internet for a period of 15 months, starting with the day following the Final Gala. In addition, you will also need to obtain another license for an indefinite period for use at festivals, competitions, the internet, etc. As well as for the archiving purposes of the Organiser - and any self-promotional reasons.
Do the actors taking part in the film receive any pay?
Remember that by taking part in the competition and signing contracts with the competition organiser you are transferring all rights of personal portrayal to PYC for a period of at least 15 months starting the day after the PYC commencement, for use on the Internet, including commercial use and for an indefinite period for self-promotion and use by the organiser and other creators.
For the use of film on the internet (for the above mentioned period), actors and other performance will receive no compensation, as this will be taken care of during the production process.
If my film is animated, do I still need to fill out the documents in the user’s panel?
Yes, you still need to fill out the forms and sign all copyright contracts. If you use a voiceover artist or music you will need to sign agreements with all parties involved and include them in the credits.
How will you choose the winners?
By voting during the Jury’s deliberations.
Are prizes awarded jointly for all films or separately for each category?
The best films in each category will be awarded. In addition, all films have the chance to receive special prizes.
When will you choose and announce the winners?
The announcement of the winners will take place at the Papaya Young Creators Final Gala on June 2022 in Warsaw.
I won! What now?
Great! If you won the first stage of the competition you will receive information via e-mail. If you are unable to attend - you will receive further information as to where to collect your prize.
How are winners contacted?
Award winners are informed at the Final Gala, if you are unable to attend we will call you.
I have not won; can I upload my film on to social media at this point?
Yes, you have the right to upload your work to youtube/vimeo, but you must wait until Papaya Young Creators shares the content on their social media channels and web pages. This will be done no sooner than after the contest ends. Again, this is permitted only if it displays a disclaimer at the beginning, in the middle stating, at the end.

“This film is not an official and authorized ad for [insert name of sponsor] brand. This film has been developed as part of the Papaya Young Creators 2022 competition”.

Keep in mind that it can be requested to be removed by the organizer or the brand that is marketed through at any time.
Who has the rights to the film I submitted?
As specified by the contract with the organizer pertaining to copyrights, the organizer is the sole holder of those rights starting with the moment of transfer. The applicant is obliged to sign agreements with all individuals engaged in the production and secure all copyrights. In the case of actors and music, the contestant is to obtain a license for commercial use on the Internet for the period of 15
months starting with the day following the Final Gala. Plus, another license for an indefinite period (for use at festivals, competitions, and internet for self-promotional purposes and archiving purposes of the Organiser and remaining creators)
On the basis of this agreement, the contestant is allowed to present the film as part of their work.
Can I use the film or its fragments again for other things after submitting it to Papaya Young Creators?
Once you send in the film to Papaya Young Creators and sign all the aforementioned agreements, the organizer will become the sole holder of the copyrights. Using the same film for another purpose would be in breach of the rules and contract. However, you can use the film for non-commercial use or as part of your portfolio in accordance with the rules included in the agreement.
Do I have to pay taxes on the prizes I receive from Papaya Young Creators and how do I pay them?
The Tax from prizes amounts to 10% of the sum awarded and will be deducted from the sum by the organizer before handing over the prize. The Tax will then be paid to the Tax Bureau applicable to the Organiser. Before receiving the prize, you will be asked to sign a statement that declares all Taxes have been paid on your behalf by the organizer.
Where will I find my unique contestant ID?
The system will automatically assign a number to your account. You will find it in your Contestant Account, you do not need to type it in anywhere.
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