Day one of Cannes generally sets the scene for the rest of week, with the finalists across six categories all holding their lucky charms close as they wait to see if they convert their shortlists into silverware. Here’s a rundown of which local agencies are in the running for glory.
However you say it, and whatever you think of it, Cannes has become the high water mark of global commercial creativity and pretty much every agency (and, increasingly, every tech company) worth its salt seeks validation through victory at this huge annual festival in the South of France. This year, there were more than 43,000 entries and more than 15,000 attendees, celebrating both the best ideas and the fact that the company is paying for their potentially debauched and very expensive trip. Contagious, which, according to its blurb, helps brands across the globe to achieve the top 1% of marketing creativity, was there, as it is every year, and Simon Kemp, the head of its consulting division Insider in the Asia Pacific region, looked at some of the themes linking the award-winning campaigns. He visited recently as a guest of FCB and he sat down with Ben Fahy, the publisher and editorial director of StopPress and NZ Marketing, to discuss the impact of technology, advertising as a fashion show, the declining impact of creativity, the idea of purpose washing, and plenty more.
New Zealand’s currently the sixth ranked country at Cannes with the US in the lead. However, with Special Group making the ‘Music’ shortlist and three agencies on the ‘Entertainment’ list, New Zealand is gearing up for more wins.
Advertising consultant and equal rights activist Cindy Gallop has taken exception to James Hurman’s book, ‘The Case for Creativity’.
France is the place to be for creatives as Lions were served up over night at the International Festival of Creativity. This year saw a record-breaking number of entries and 70 countries making the shortlists. As the industry stars gathered on the red carpet, New Zealand had reason to celebrate. Local agencies took home Lions of all colours including a Grand Prix as Y&R’s ‘McWhopper’ continues to dominate the awards.
As One Plus One Group’s Kelly Bennett gears up to represent New Zealand at Cannes Lions this month, he shares his thoughts on themes emerging in the PR industry, suggesting quality over quantity and encouraging entries that break out of the mould.
After a short chat with his war veteran grandfather, DDB chief creative officer Damon Stapleton was reminded of how powerful simple language can be.
In the past, much of the emphasis at advertising awards events has been placed on television advertising on account of the fact that this has traditionally been the area that attracts the biggest chunk of ad spend. But as more money shifts to the digital, the categories that have a digital element are attracting more attention. One such area is the cyber Lions category, which encompasses branded online, digital, and technological communications.
Colenso found itself among the winners at Cannes again overnight, picking up a pair of silvers in the Radio categoy for the ‘Lottery’ and ‘Whack job’ spots produced for Mars.
There were over 40,000 entries to the Cannes Lions this year, and while there is currently much excitement and hedonism in the South of France, there also seems to be a growing sense of cynicism about the importance placed on the awards, with Tom Goodwin’s thought-provoking article in The Guardian questioning the industry’s reality distortion field and inward-looking nature. And for the cynics who think these clever ideas on display are all a bunch of arse that are unlikely to solve real business problems, you’ll probably enjoy the Grand Prix Generator.
They say the children are our future, which is at times a worrying thought. But the way the world is changing, it’s certainly true in advertising and a few of the young’uns from Media Design School have impressed some of the world’s biggest creative brains and made the shortlist of the Future Lions.
Advertising awards are very important. We know this because there are a lot of them and agencies spend a fortune entering them. Almost all of this money is wasted, says Paul Catmur, so here are some are some insider tips for those wishing to improve their odds.
Damon Stapleton is fresh off the boat from Cannes and today is his first day as DDB NZ’s chief creative officer. Here’s his view on the importance of the world’s biggest festival of creativity.
Four Kiwi entries have been shortlisted for awards in the Cannes Film category, with DDB, Clemenger and Saatchi & Saatchi all in with a chance to pick up some silverware at the ceremony.
Colenso BBDO’s K9FM and Talkies spots for Mars Pedigree have taken silvers overnight in the radio category.
Tui Brewery has won Gold for “Catch a Million” in PR and Bronze for “Beer Plumber” in Promo and Activation at the Cannes Lions Festival. Plus: see which British campaign won the grand prix in the promo and activation category this year and which US campaign won the main gong in PR.
While the major topic of conversation in agency land today will presumably be last night’s Effie results, the Cannes Lions have released their report on the 2013 festival. And it makes for pretty good reading from a New Zealand perspective.
The first winners have been announced, and there are a few Kiwi agencies in the money, with DDB NZ winning a prestigious Creative Effectiveness Lion for Steinlager’s ‘Believe’, DraftFCB NZ picking up seven lions so far for Driving Dogs and Call Girl and Colenso BBDO winning gold for Amnesty International’s Trial by Timeline. Plus: more Kiwi agencies on shortlists.
60 years ago there were 130 delegates at the first year of the Cannes Lions and no entries from New Zealand). This year it’s estimated there will be 12,000 attendees and, if last year is anything to go by, a few Kiwi winners. And to celebrate the evolution of the world’s pre-eminent marcomms festival, Sapient Nitro created this infographic.
There were a record 35,765 entries from 92 countries for the 60th Cannes Lions. Of course, we’re small-minded and patriotic so we’re focusing on the Kiwi contenders and here are the seven agencies in the running after the first shortlists for Creative Effectiveness, PR, Promo & Activation and Direct were announced.
Come next week, throngs of industry folk will touch down in Cannes to pat backs, sip rosé and try to be inspired. Agencies and their holding companies invest huge sums to take part. But duo Michael Middelkoop and Sharif Elmawla, who are currently working at Saatchi & Saatchi Amsterdam, decided to find out what else the entry money would be able to buy with their website www.insteadofalion.com.
Film duo Campbell Hooper and Joel Kefali (aka Special Problems) permiered their short film Echoes at Cannes last month to some of the biggest names in the global film industry.
The Cannes Lions are looming and, as Colenso BBDO’s managing director Nick Garrett said in a recent interview about the refreshed Axis Awards, “something has a better chance at the end of a 12 month cycle if it’s had exposure and has started to do well at international awards”. So can we predict how the Kiwi agencies might do at the world’s most prestigious industry awards? Here’s a league table from the Axis Awards based on the same points system used by Cannes (and CAANZ), with one point for a finalist, three points for bronze, five points for silver, seven points for gold and ten points for grand prix.
As a guest contributor for The Gunn Report, Y&R NZ’s managing director James Hurman looked for the campaigns that had hit the ‘high water mark of human achievement in creative communications’ by winning both Cannes and Effie golds. And just nine campaigns joined this exclusive club in 2012.
The best moment of my life was undoubtedly winning the meat pack at a friend’s wedding, closely followed by the time when three loyalty cards came due on the same day. So it was pleasing to learn that an ad celebrating sexy meat for Pak ‘n’ Save’s Meat Week has won DraftFCB the October ORCA.