I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s Cannes International Advertising Festival, or the so-called Cannes Lions, named after its prestigious trophies.
This year Cannes was attended by over 14,000 international delegates from the advertising and communications industry. As always, it celebrates and awards the very best advertising work from around the globe.
Having recently been a regional Creative Director with Saatchi & Saatchi myself, Cannes was a wonderful opportunity for me to reconnect with my industry contacts and make a few new friends.
I discussed placement opportunities for our students with Chief Global Creative Officers and Creative Directors from a number of networks including Cheil, Iris, Ogilvy & Mather, Leo Burnett, Grey, BBDO and Saatchi, to name but a few.
I’ve also invited many of them to come down to Falmouth to give talks and workshops as part of our Visiting Lecturer program. They are all, without exception, keen to help nurture a new generation of creative talent, which is great news for our students. Where these senior practitioners cannot be present in person, (since their offices range from Sydney to New York to Shanghai), they’ll talk to us via the live video link in our Abbott Studios.
I had a good look at all the work entered – many thousands of excellent entries in a range of categories (Cyber Lions, Promo & Activation Lions, Mobile, Outdoor, Press and TV & Film) and have recorded the best to share with our staff and students in the coming year.
For the moment, it’s worth checking out the Grand Prix and Golds across the various categories. Here’s a selection that I particularly liked:
Enjoy. And be inspired.