Thursday, June 26, 2014

Splits, Greed & Scarecrows: All the 2014 Cannes Lion Grand Prix Winners

Everyone had a good feeling this year would be the year of the "Epic Split." It was seen as a slam dunk to walk away with a bulk of the awards. However, Adam&EveDDB really stole the show as well as a slew of awards with their "Sorry I Spent It On Myself" campaign for Harvey Nichols. While no one winning a grand prix in branded content is a real let down, overall this year's winners were all deserving of their honors.  Below are all the grand prix winners alongside their case study.



Creative Effectiveness Lion Grand Prix

Campaign: V/Line "Guilt Trips"
Agency: McCann Melbourne, Australia



Moving away from your parents is hard. It's hard because every phone call from home is a reminder that you are a terrible son/daughter for not checking up on them more often. V/Line has played off this insight to create a package where parents can send their kids real life guilt trips. They will receive a train ticket home with a message reminding them, how much they suck. Now would be a great time to call your parents or loved ones.



Cyber Lion Grand Prix - Craft

Campaign: Pharrell Williams "24 Hours of Happy"
Agency: ICONOclast Paris, France




The 24 hour music video by Pharrell Williams was a game changer and a no brainer for a grand prix. In fact it easily could have taken craft and social engagement if it was greedy. While most will say Volvo's "Epic Split" was way more viral, take this stat into consideration. 130/196 countries submitted an entry for their own happiness video. That means 66.33% of countries had citizens create a video for Happy. Also on a side note Pharrell's hat deserved an award in craft design.



Cyber Lion Grand Prix - Social Engagement

Film Lion Grand Prix - Internet Film

Campaign: Volvo Trucks "Live Test Series" & "Epic Split"
Forsman & Bodenfors Gothenburg, Sweden



This campaign has essentially relaunched Volvo in a way similar to Old Spice's reinvention. It was seen as a favorite going into the awards due to everyone talking about/parodying/sharing the epic split video, not to mention winning top honours at almost all major awards this year.

The look, the feel, the music, the script, the lighting and most importantly the casting of this ad is flawless. There is a reason why this video is ripe for parodies. It has a unique look and feel. Before this ad you probably didn't care for Volvo Trucks, but after it, you can't help but think about how impressive they are.



Cyber Lion Grand Prix - Integrated Multiplatform

PR Lion Grand Prix

Campaign: Chipotle Mexican Grill "The Scarecrow"
Agency: Creative Artist Agency Los Angeles, USA



Chipotle's founder Steve Ells said "The idea is to get people to think, to find more info. We're trying to bring people in through entertainment....to spark conversation." Attacking the food industry is going to McRattle some Kentucky Fried Feathers. Chipotle created a moving ad that really make your think. The conversation it spawned is still on going and fast food chains are slowly losing the battle to Chipotle. This is a genius PR move, plain and simple. Well done.

Getting Fiona Apple to cover a beloved song from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory on top of a powerful animated short leaves the viewer speechless. It's haunting, memorable and also playable thanks to an app. Not only did this ad get people thinking, it really proved that fast food doesn't have to be unhealthy. Even though there was a bit of ugliness with Frank Ocean that resulted in a lawsuit due to Ocean's failure to deliver his cover, this ad held up and Chipotle didn't lose any credibility.




Design Lion Grand Prix

Campaign: Bergen Internation Festival "Bergen Internation Festival Brand Campaign"
Agency: Anti Bergen, Norway



Branding a music festival can be difficult, its look and feel must give way to what kind of genres will be represented. It has to be simple but memorable, cool but not try to hard. Anti Bergen was faced with such a dilemma when it came to branding the Bergen International Festival and they came up with something simple yet iconic. Using the concept of a pixel equaling a note, they created an F logo using 6 pixels. It was easy to create and even easier to manipulate to open up a new world of designs. The pixel-equals-note concept also yielded a great app where music is made using the logo.


Direct Lion Grand Prix

Campaign: British Airways "Magic of Flying"
Agency: OgilvyOne London, UK



In every movie that is set in the future, almost one of the first thing that is tackled is advertising. How will ads be shown to us in the future. Holograms? Personalized boards? Ads that adjust to the weather? It's always a huge question mark. For the most part it would seem that ads haven't advanced but for the first time, OgilvyOne has created an ad that's almost science fiction. It can show in real time flight numbers, and adjust for weather. It truly is a sign of the future.



Film Lion Grand Prix - Retail

Press Lion Grand Prix

Promo & Activation Lion Grand Prix

Integrated Lion Grand Prix

Campaign: Harvey Nichols "Sorry I Spent It On Myself"
Agency: Adam&EveDDB London, UK



Everyone has bought a bad gift before that they knew was a bad gift. Watching the loved one unwrap something that will most definitely disappoint them with such glee is painful. The look on their face as they try to digest this emotional suicide is always met with your explaining why the gift is so good. They will try to spare your feelings by saying "great, thanks." But both parties know this was a fraud. Adam&EveDDB have masterfully put this on display with the "Sorry I Spent It On Myself" campaign. This campaign was one grand prix away from tying the record set by "Dumb Ways To Die". This ad is so painfully awkward, it might as well be an episode of BBC's "The Office." In fact, it just gets better with each viewing, now if you would oblige me, I'm off to watch it again.



Grand Prix For Good

Campaign: Terre Des Hommes Netherlands "Sweetie"
Agency: LEMZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands



Child pornography and abuse online is a global epidemic, no one talks about. LEMZ's created a cyber 10 years old girl to catch these predators and kick start the discussion. It's great to see such a serious problem get pushed into the spotlight, but besides awareness what really is great is seeing the results.



Innovation Lion Grand Prix

JSC Megafon "Megafaces Pavillion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games"
Agency: Megafon Moscow, Russia



Selfies....everyone has an opinion about them. The fact of the matter is everyone uses selfies now to document how they looked at important moments in their lives. Megafon knew this and made the first ever 3D selfie billboard. Users can scan their face and have a gigantic billboard create 3D renderings of their face. It's neat and cool but a bit dull to be honest. I wish they did more with the idea but I guess seeing my face in 3D on the side of the building is cooler than on my screen.



Media Lion Grand Prix

Campaign: Coca-Cola "Happy iD"
Agency: McCann Lima, Peru



Long ago Coca-cola decided they want to own happiness and till today they manage to keep finding smart and innovative ways to show happiness by coke. By zeroing in on the fact that most Peruvians are unhappy, Coca-cola decided to launch an initiative to get people to smile for the national ID cards. It's small and simple but what coke did to turn the cards into rewards and set up booths all over the country was smart. They made a small idea become a nationwide phenomenon and that is no small feat.



Mobile Lion Grand Prix

Campaign: Nivea "Protection Ad"
Agency: FCB Sao Paulo, Brazil



Nothing scares me more about having kids than the thought of them going missing. The fact that I still lose my keys on a daily basis constantly reaffirms the high possibility of this horrible outcome. Nivea created a magazine insert, that can be torn out to form a bracelet, that can be paired with their app to help keep an eye on the whereabouts of your kid. Very useful, free, impulsive and most importantly well positioned. Top marks all around. Now where did I put my drink...



Outdoor Lion Grand Prix

Campaign: ANZ Bank "GayTMs"
Agency: Whybin\TBWA Group Melbourne, Australia



I'm torn, this is beyond stereotypical however it looks cool. To show their support for the Gay and Lesbian march, ANZ bank one of the primary sponsors, created a series of GayTMs. What's a GayTM? Well, a bedazzled, leopard printed ATM. It's unfortunately overly stereotypical but it does look really fun. If I was gonna withdraw money, I might as well have a fabulous time doing it. Also, whatever George Takei likes I like.



Product Design Lion Grand Prix

Campaign: G-Star Raw "Raw for the Ocean"
Agency: G-Star Raw Amsterdam, The Netherlands



The ocean is getting more and more polluted. It's a problem that is becoming more ridiculous as the days go on. Finally, someone has come to save the day and that someone is Pharell Williams, again. Bionic Yarn in collaboration with G-Star Raw denim have created a new denim made from plastic found in the ocean. It's the type of initiative that will truly help make the world more green. A greener world will make us all happy...ain't that right Pharrell.




Radio Lion Grand Prix

Lucozade "Enrique" "Teleconference" "Kid's Party"
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather's Johannesburg, South Africa



This is the greatest set of radio ads I have ever heard. They are hilarious, they look at annoying situations like giving a presentation, going to a kid's birthday or suffering through an Enrique concert, and show how Lucozade can power you through it. It's ads like this that keep proving time and time again that radio is still an amazing venue for storytelling.




Titanium Lion Grand Prix

Campaign: Honda "Sound of Honda/ Ayrton Senna 1989"
Agency: Dentsu Tokyo, Japan



In 1989, Ayrton Senna* set a record at the Japan's Suzuka** course using Honda's engineering navigation device Internavi***. Honda set out to recreate the magic that was that lap using graphs, data and sounds captured from that epic run. They then created a site where you could relive the magic all over again. While Senna's tragic death was showcased in 2010's documentary "Senna", Honda and Dentsu brought back the legend in 2014. Basha!!****

* Famous F1 racer. Seriously famous.
** Suzuka is a course in Japan. Kinda obvious from the name.
*** Internavi sounds like an alien from Avatar, but it's really just a GPS.
**** We seriously approve!



Special Awards


CREATIVE MARKETER OF THE YEAR 
Steve Easterbrook, Senior Executive Vice President and Global Chief Brand Officer, McDonald’s

AGENCY OF THE YEAR 
Adam&EveDDB, London

HOLDING COMPANY OF THE YEAR 
WPP

INDEPENDENT AGENCY OF THE YEAR 
Forsman & Bodenfors, Gothenburg

PALME D'OR 
MJZ, USA

NETWORK OF THE YEAR 
Ogilvy & Mather

LION OF ST MARK 
Joe Pytka, Film Director, PYTKA 

MEDIA NETWORK OF THE YEAR 
Starcom MediaVest

MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR 
Richard Plepler, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of HBO (Hodor!)


Regional Network of the Year 

APAC
BBDO

EMEA
DDB...For those wondering the ME won nothing. Nothing at all. Congrats Europe and Africa.

NORTH AMERICA
BBDO

SOUTH AMERICA
Ogilvy & Mather


Sunday, June 22, 2014

MENA at Cannes Lions 2014. DUBAI 19 MENA 0

See all the winning work, only on AdBasha.

The MENA region had a rather poor showing at the Cannes Lions 2014 compared to last year's 30 winning entries. This year, there were 19 winning works and interestingly they were ALL from Dubai.

Yup. Nothing from Egypt. Nada from Lebanon. Zero from Saudi. Zilch from Tunis. Even Kuwait was quiet. Well that wasn't too surprising but you get the idea.


UN Women "The Autocomplete Truth" by Memac Ogilvy Dubai

The most awarded piece of work was UN Women's "The Autocomplete Truth" by Memac Ogilvy Dubai. This campaign won:

GOLD in PR
GOLD in Promo & Activation (Use of Print & Standard Outdoor)
GOLD in Promo & Activation (Public Awareness)
SILVER in Promo & Activation (Use of Social Audience)
SILVER in Cyber (Social/Content Placement)




It also won the region's first ever TITANIUM LION.

But what is a TITANIUM LION?

From the Cannes Lions website:
"The definition of Titanium and Integrated for the purpose of Cannes Lions are breakthrough ideas (Titanium) which are provocative and point to a new direction, and state of the art Integrated campaign entries".

So "The Autocomplete Truth" is the world's best breakthrough idea that is provocative and points to a new direction. Well that would make this campaign by McCann Romania in 2012 also worthy of a Titanium I guess. What do you think?






Smartlife "Sapna" by FP7 Dubai

BRONZE in Branded Content & Entertainment
BRONZE in Outdoor (Ambient)






Woz Footwear Campaign by Y&R Dubai

GOLD in Press
SILVER in Press (Craft/Art Direction)

"Tart"



"Clown"



"Blonde"




Audi Quattro Campaign by Y&R Dubai

SILVER in Press (Craft/Art Direction)

"Mountain"



"River"



"Desert"























Coca-Cola "Hello Happiness Phone Booth"
by Y&R Dubai

I can't believe this only won a BRONZE in Outdoor (Ambient). The case study video went viral with over 2 million views, and the idea itself is simple, useful and new. Really deserves much more!







Sadafco Campaign by Impact BBDO Dubai

BRONZE in Outdoor

"Ballet"



"Karate"



"Gymnastic"



























Mercedes-Benz Campaign by Impact BBDO Dubai

BRONZE in Outdoor

"Businessman"



"Shopper"



"Child"

















Commercial Insurance Campaign by Impact BBDO Dubai

GOLD in Radio (Craft Music/Sound Design)
SILVER in Radio (Craft Scriptwriting)
SILVER in Radio (Banking, Investment & Insurance / "Pedro" & "Timmy")

"Lebeau"




"Pedro"




"Timmy"





DU Campaign by Leo Burnett Dubai

GOLD in Film

"Too Complicated"



"Too Depressing"





Sky News Arabia "Now & From Everywhere"
Media Agency: UM Dubai
Advertising Agency: FP7 Dubai

BRONZE in Media (Use of Media/Use of Screens)





Congratulations to all the winning agencies. Let's hope next year we have a stronger showing from the rest of the region.

Basha!!


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What do Miley Cyrus & Charlie Sheen have in common with the Dubai Lynx?



I've had the honor of attending every single Dubai Lynx festival since its inception in 2008. I've witnessed it grow and evolve into one of the most respected and attended advertising festivals in the MENA region, and have even won a few gongs along the way.

But just like Miley Cyrus, Charlie Sheen and pretty much anyone in Hollywood, no advertising festival is without scandal.

Over the years the Dubai Lynx has had its fair share. In 2009, the organizers stripped FP7 Doha of its Agency of the Year crown and withdrew 7 of their awards. They followed this by laying down new rules for the 2010 show. A bold and brave move that had bloggers around the region rejoicing their part in the coup. No doubt the following year, scam and copycats were greatly reduced.

From 2011 - 2014, the Lynx became bigger. Record breaking entry numbers year after year and Ali Ali winning so many of them; in 2012 he didn't even bother picking up his Film Grand Prix for Kalbaz.

There was also the emergence of new categories. In 2011, TV/Cinema became Film. Direct & Sales Promotion became two separate categories: Direct and Promo & Activation. As did Craft which became Film Craft and Print & Outdoor Craft. This year also saw the emergence of the new Design category.

In 2012, two new categories were added: PR and Mobile. Print & Outdoor Craft became the number 1 home of unpublished work Print & Poster Craft, and the Young Creatives category became the more important-sounding Young Lynx Integrated Competition.

Branded Content & Entertainment finally made its debut in the 2013 Dubai Lynx and in 2014 nothing changed. I was hoping for a Digital Craft section by now but I guess we're just not there yet.

2014 was a surprising year in many ways:
- There was no Grand Prix awarded in Branded Content & Entertainment, Film, Film Craft, Print, Radio, Outdoor, Interactive, Direct, Design, Integrated and PR. A7A
- Actually only 4 Grand Prix's were handed out. 2 of those (Media and Mobile) for the same campaign; the much deserved 'Mobilizing the 12th Man' by Memac Ogilvy Label Tunisia.

All this really begs the question: Is the quality of work in the region getting better or worse? Can we really compete with global standards?

Two of the most awarded pieces of work "The Coke Social Media Guard" and "The Autocomplete Truth" were massive winners bagging a total of 22 awards between them helping Memac Ogilvy win Agency and Network of the Year.

But were they rip-offs? Take a look for yourself and be the judge.
The Coke Social Media Guard
The Autocomplete Truth

We can all agree that there's a lot of talent in the region. We can also all agree that advertising awards are big business. We want to believe that truly creative, honest and effective work gets rewarded.

It's about time we turned this belief into reality.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dolceca 'Swimming Mangos'

Masterful storytelling by JWT Cairo and The Producers for Nestle Dolceca Ice Cream. Winner of several film craft awards at the Dubai Lynx 2014 including:

GOLD in Film Craft - Art Direction/Production Design
SILVER in Film Craft - Cinematography
SILVER in Film Craft - Direction
SILVER in Film Craft - Script
SILVER in Film Craft - Production Value
BRONZE in Film Craft - Casting



Agency: JWT Cairo
Client: Dolce Egypt Ice Cream team -- Nestle Egypt
Creative Director: Mohamed Hammady
Copywriter: Mohamed Abd El Bary
Director: Omar Hilal
Business Director: Rasha Georgy
Account Director: Ahmed Abd El Kader
Account Manager: Aly SeifelNasr
Account Executive: Farida El Khatib
Agency Producer: Reem Megahed
Production House: The Producers

Di mesh ay manga. Di bet 3oom.
Basha!!!

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