The 2nd annual Brand Film Festival, brought to you by Campaign US and PRWeek, will showcase the year's most artistic, creative and effective branded content films, from YouTube videos to long-form documentaries. This unique gathering honors a new generation of marketing storytellers, while rewarding the brands, agencies, and craftspeople leading the way in their fields.
Enter today and join us in celebrating the best in cinematic storytelling.
1 Entries are open to any organization within the U.S., Americas, and Asia-Pacific. The video must have been aired between January 1, 2016 and February 6, 2017.
*A film cannot be entered into the 2017 Brand Film Festival if it was entered into the 2016 Brand Film Festival.
2 When you are entering, select the category and film length you will be submitting. The options are:
Mini form: no longer than 15 seconds.
Short form: between 15 seconds and 5 minutes.
Long form: longer than 5 minutes, such as an episode of a web series, short film, or documentary.
3 You can submit a film into more than one category. If you are submitting an entry in multiple categories, please submit multiple sets of support material for each entry.
4 Each entry is required to include a description of the synopsis of the film and the context of film within the larger campaign activity.
5 You are able to submit information separately that will be kept confidential and will only be submitted to the judges.
6 Within the entry form, you will be required to provide a written submission. Once all entry information is prepared, visit www.brandfilmfestival.com to submit your entries. All entries must be submitted and paid for online. You may input your entry information and save as a "draft" to return at a later date to submit payment. Credit cards accepted include Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Entries not paid for prior to judging will not be considered.
7 Please, no commercials. Though it resists easy definition, branded content typically focuses on a story rather than a brand, product or service. Jurors reserve the right to reject any entry they feel does not meet this definition.
1 All films must be no larger than 1GB and can be in the following formats: .MOV or MP4. The film must be at least 1280 x 720, but the recommended size is 1920 x 1080. 4:3 video aspect ratio will be accepted but the recommended ratio is 16:9.
2 URL links to your film will not be accepted.
3 Only one film per entry should be uploaded.
4 You must submit a 2 minute abbreviated version of the film if the film is over 2 minutes long.
5 The timings of the films depend on what video form you are submitting. The options are:
Mini form: no longer than 15 seconds.
Short form: between 15 seconds and 5 minutes.
Long form: longer than 5 minutes, such as an episode of a web series, short film, or documentary.
If you're entering the same entry into multiple categories...
(For example, if you submit any one entry into three categories, the fee would be: $420 + $275 + $275 = $970)
Judy began her career as a copywriter, honing her craft at agencies ranging from small independent shops to large multinationals to running her own company. She joined Leo Burnett Toronto in 1999, as Chief Creative Officer, in 2011 added the CEO title for Canada, and in 2016 added the CCO title for North America. Under her direction, Leo Burnett Toronto has been recognized nationally and globally, winning at virtually every show. Highlights include: the first-ever Digital Black Pencil at D&AD in 2006 and the most awarded billboard campaign in the world in 2009. In 2015, she won a second Black Pencil at D&AD, Titanium, Grand Prix and Glass Lion at Cannes, the Emmy for Outstanding Commercial and Always #LikeaAGirl was named by CBS as one of the top three Super Bowl Commercials of all time. The Gunn Report ranked Leo Burnett Toronto, the #1 Agency in Canada and #5 in the world in 2015. In Advertising Age's Awards Report 2015, Judy ranked the #1 CCO in the world. Business Insider ranked Judy #8 in their 30 Most Creative People in Advertising. She was also named to Advertising Age's Creativity50 2014: The Most Creative People of the Year. Along the way, she’s judged top international awards shows including chairing juries at Cannes, The Clios and ADC and most recently on Cannes 2016 Titanium & Integrated jury. In 2016, she joined the Board of Directors of The One Club and The Women's College Hospital Foundation. Everything from Judy’s work ethic to her management style, she learned from years of waiting tables and packing take-out orders at her parents' restaurant.
Ana is SVP, Global Strategy Director at Havas LuxHub, a global practice working with the top luxury, fashion and lifestyle brands. An experienced strategist with a passion for new things, she earned her doctorate in sociology and worked at the world’s top advertising agencies. Ana was recognized as one of the top 10 digital strategists in the world by the Guardian and was listed among Luxury Women to Watch 2016. She frequently speaks at international conferences and contributes to the leading industry press.
Jason Apaliski is Co-ECD at Pereira & O’Dell in San Francisco and has been with the agency since its founding in 2008. Most notably, Jason led the creative development for Intel's Inside Films, the industry longest running branded content series. “The Beauty Inside” social film earned the agency an Emmy for “Outstanding New Approach”, two gold pencils at The One Show as well as an unprecedented three Grand Prix at Cannes for Film, Cyber and Branded Content.
Lori is responsible for counseling many of Ketchum's largest clients on content-forward media strategy and providing senior-level guidance for the development and management of highly visual content for brand and corporate storytelling. Prior to joining Ketchum in 2014, Lori spent 28 years as a television producer at ABC, NBC, CBS and in syndicated TV. She has produced compelling stories in every television daypart- including 60 Minutes, the CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, the Today show, Dateline, Nightline and the KATIE show. She is the recipient of a duPont and Emmy awards for her work.
Shujan Bertrand is the founder and CEO of Aplat Inc. Totes sustainably made in San Francisco. Bertrand is an award-winning industrial designer with 18 years of design experience. She has impacted brands around the globe, translating user insights into new product and business opportunities. Bertrand's is known for soft goods design, future concept design, product dev, research and strategy. Shujan designed/directed for companies such as, Astro Studios, IDEO, Incase, Steelcase, Nike, Samsung and LG Electronics. She worked internationally in Paris, Milan and Seoul. She has served on the design jury panel for the IDEA Awards and the Cannes Lion Awards.
Duncan Bird is an innovative creative leader & thinker with an abundance of brand partnerships, product-development, advertising and multi-platform digital experience. Voted 'one of the top ten people in advertising' and the 'Marketing A list'. In his tenure at some of the world’s leading advertising agencies - including Abbott Mead Vickers, BBDO, Leagas Delaney, Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) and Soul (as founder) and Anomaly- Duncan has worked with global brands such as The Guardian, BBC, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, T Mobile, Levi’s, Nike, Sephora, Pernod Ricard to name but a few...
Ashley is an industry leader on digital and social business strategy and the future of content. As Spredfast's head of communications, he is responsible for telling the story of Spredfast’s best-in-class products. Prior to joining Spredfast, Ashley was the group director of digital communications and social media at Coca-Cola. Before Coca-Cola, he managed international and public relations for Microsoft’s Windows product, and worked for national public relations agencies in Washington, D.C. and New York City. He was named both an Advertising Age and PR Week “40 Under 40” in 2013. He lives in Austin, Texas with his husband David.
Monica Chun oversees the day-to-day operations of PMK•BNC’s Brand Marketing and Communications division and is responsible for the ideation, development, and execution of integrated marketing and PR campaigns for a wide range of clients. Monica is a strategic marketing professional with over 18 years of agency experience in brand innovation & launch strategy, sponsorships & promotions, strategic brand partnerships, influencer marketing, entertainment outreach, product integration, social media, experiential marketing, branded content and content procurement. Monica has a proven track record of success creating award-winning, integrated marketing programs that drive innovation for various Fortune 500 brands over the years, including Samsung Mobile, Sony PlayStation, Skechers, Nintendo, Gatorade, Jordan Brand and many more. She also has extensive experience launching a number of iconic products across multiple categories and around key cultural moments (i.e. Sundance, Super Bowl, NBA All Star, Oscars, SXSW, etc.). Most recently, Monica negotiated Samsung’s strategic partnerships with “Zoolander 2” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I” and “Part II,” as well as developed and executed Samsung’s experiential strategy and cultural activations at various music festivals.
In a career that’s spanned just over a decade, Ian has laid a foundation for lasting change in an industry that’s constantly—and often frantically—in flux. Since joining Weber Shandwick in 2011, he has produced compelling video for clients including Bank of America, Verizon, Ocean Spray and other leading global brands. Ian is a driving force in Weber Shandwick’s transformation from a public relations firm to an engagement agency. He has been instrumental in the creation, launch, and execution of both Mediaco and GoLive, Weber Shandwick’s forward-charging brand broadcast platforms. With Mediaco and GoLive, the kind of content and production values you would see in major broadcasts are now being brought to brands. At a transformative time in the public relations industry, Ian has focused his energy on helping clients break through the clutter and, in the process, has helped the firm develop strategies for clients to better tell their stories on an ever-increasing scale.
Kathy joined H&R Block in 2006, serving as CMO since 2013. Responsibilities include brand/marketing initiatives, consumer segmentation, advertising, promotions, PR, cause marketing, communications, and development of tax strategies/brand launches. Before Block, Kathy led Marketing at Lee Jeans for 15 years. In addition to launching the Buddy Lee campaign, she co-founded Lee National Denim Day, a cause marketing program, raising more than $65 million for breast cancer research. Kathy is an Ad Council board member, holds a BS in Business Administration degree from Kansas State University and an MBA from Arizona State University.
Emily joined the Keds team in 2015 as chief marketing officer of the iconic footwear brand. She is responsible for driving the strategic development and execution of Keds’ global marketing initiatives. Emily was been recognized on the Adweek 50 List and as a “CMO Rising Star” at the 2015 CMO Awards for her marketing leadership. Prior to joining Keds, Emily led the e-commerce and omni-channel marketing teams at Rebecca Minkoff. Additionally, Emily’s career history includes over ten years of experience at worldwide agencies (Ogilvy, Digitas and Arnold) as well as roles with the Estee Lauder Co. and Unilever.
Casey DePalma is a Senior Manager on the Unilever Media team handling digital engagement and public relations. She oversees the strategic development and execution of PR and social content strategies for Unilever's men's, foods and refreshment brands including Axe, Dove Men+Care, Magnum Ice Cream, Hellmann's, and Degree among others. Casey has been a driving force behind the strategy to introduce and build Unilever brands as more than just utilitarian products, but rather as lifestyle brands connected to passion points like fashion, music and comedy, sparking passionate conversations and recommendations online and offline. Casey received a Master of Arts degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College and a BS in Marketing from Boston College. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.
Geoffrey is an award-winning C-level executive and creative entrepreneur whose broad industry exposure keeps him at the forefront of the today’s rapidly changing entertainment and media landscape. He's built and led a variety of multi-million-dollar branding initiatives and businesses through strong executive leadership, creative insight, deep Hollywood relationships, and a global perspective. Geoffrey has served as CMO of PlayMG, President of Dumbdumb Entetainment, CEO of Red Bull’s Creative and Media Agency, Creative Executive at Sony Picture Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, Senior Executive at the Leo Burnett Company.
Tara DeVeaux is an award-winning marketer with two decades of experience in entertainment and brand marketing. She started her career at Y&R and DMB&B. In 1999 Tara she moved to the Oxygen television network rising to become Vice President of Interactive Promotions. In 2004, when mobile marketing was in it’s infancy, Tara moved to an interactive start up, pioneering wireless marketing campaigns for Vibe and Spin Magazine and The Grammy’s®. She returned to advertising in 2005, first at SpikeDDB and then BBDO NY, where she led integrated campaigns for HBO and PepsiCo – that won over 200 creative awards.
Responsible for maximizing Golin’s signature g4 model to deliver Golin’s ambition: brave, relevant work worthy of awe and action. With 20 years’ experience delivering creative campaigns for clients including Clif Bar, Humana, Unilever and Mattel among others, Caroline brings together four specialties – explorers, creators, connectors and catalysts – as one seamless function combining unique strengths from each group to produce brilliant, award-winning work. Caroline also leads innovation at Golin producing best-in-class product offerings that drive towards the most relevant work: The Bridge, Bright Collective, Relevance Roadmap and Relevance Fingerprint.
Scott Donaton is an award-winning content strategist & producer who connects brands to the power of storytelling & entertainment through the creation of original content across platforms, including TV, digital video, music and film. As Chief Content Officer at DigitasLBi, he leads a global practice that develops content for brands such as American Express, Whirlpool, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Taco Bell. Donaton is the author "Madison & Vine," a book widely credited with helping to define and fuel the branded-content revolution.
Marilyn Fancher, Chief Creative Officer of true brand story, is an experienced strategist and director of high-profile brand positioning and strategic communications platforms for clients around the world. From 1995-2016, Ms. Fancher served as Chief Creative Officer of APCO Worldwide, a global strategic communications and public affairs agency. Ms. Fancher is an expert storyteller, film producer, and author of compelling brand narratives. She leads campaigns on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, associations, foundations, non-profits and governments. Ms. Fancher has won more than 200 awards for writing, directing, and leading innovative campaigns.
Lori Feldman has worked in many areas of the music industry, including radio promotion, music licensing, and brand partnerships. Her expertise is finding alternative methods of marketing music, and creating opportunities which further develop artist’s careers, through activations, television and brand partnerships. She joined WBR in 1995 as VP of Music Video Marketing. In her current role, EVP Strategic Marketing, Feldman and her team create brand partnerships and licensing opportunities for WBR artists including Michael Bublé, Green Day, and Andra Day. She recently spearheaded brand partnerships and synch campaigns with Coke, Citibank, Chrysler, Delta Airlines, Gap, Pepsi and more.
Nicole Flammia spent the majority of her 18 years in the music business in an Executive Producer role, representing directors who specialize in music video and content creation. Flammia oversaw award-winning music videos for Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw and more. In 2014, she joined Big Machine, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies of 2016”. In her new role, Flammia manages all aspects of photo and video production for their 30+ artists. In 2016, the Big Machine creative team won three ADDYs, eight Davey Awards and are nominated for two Emmys in the 2017 Arts category.
Mara Frankel serves as Creative Director, Brand Partnerships for Atlantic Records. In her current role, she generates third-party revenue for both artists and label through strategic partnerships and licensing deals with brands and advertising agencies. She designs all marketing pitches, creative materials, and overall aesthetic for the department. She holds a degree from NYU Steinhardt Music Business and serves as producer for Brooklyn Theatre Club, a developing immersive theatre company.
Bungalow Media + Entertainment was founded by CEO Robert Friedman, a thirty-year veteran of the entertainment business where he developed, produced, and distributed all forms of filmed and experiential content across traditional and digital media platforms. Friedman has held an array of senior executive positions including President of RadicalMedia & Entertainment; President of AOL, Interactive Marketing, TV, & Ad Sales; Co-Chairman of New Line Cinema in charge of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing and Licensing and President of New Line Television, which he launched for the company. Friedman was an original member of the start-up team at MTV.
Gail joined Aflac January, 2016. She's responsible for strategic & operational vision and leadership of Aflac’s marketing and product development efforts for U.S. operations. Gail possesses two decades of leadership experience in marketing, product management, and strategic analytics. Recently serving as EVP and CMO of Knowledge Universe. Gail previously held various marketing-related leadership positions with Hewlett Packard, Western Union, Standard Chartered Bank, Sears Holdings and General Electric. She co-founded and serves on the board of directors of Bankers Lab Inc., and is strategic advisor to analytic start-up, Bridge i2i. Gail holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University.
Seasoned crisis and reputation management counselor to Fortune 500 and rapidly growing, high-visibility brands. Respected global communications agency executive team member, responsible for the retention, growth and profitability of H+K’s top 50 global accounts. Passionate about client service excellence who has built a high-performing agency function proven to maintain stable and growing client relationships, improve financial performance and encourage the retention of senior agency talent.
Chris Garbutt is the Chief Creative Officer of TBWA\Chiat\Day New York and TBWA's Global Creative President. Chris oversees the creative direction for the New York client portfolio as well as the network's global clients including Nissan, McDonald's, adidas and Pernod-Ricard. Chris started his career at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris in his native South Africa before moving to TBWA\Paris to become its Executive Creative Director. As ECD, he produced some of the agency’s most celebrated work for Nissan, Absolut, PlayStation and Pedigree. Prior to returning to TBWA, Chris was the Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy Paris where he created award-winning campaigns for IBM, Coca-Cola, Perrier, Louis Vuitton and Google. Chris has won nearly 100 Cannes Lions in his career, including three Grand Prix awards, as well as top honors in The One Show, D&AD, Webbys, Clios and Art Director’s Club awards. He's not a bad surfer either
Christine Gignac is a Group Creative Director at Anomaly, where she has led work on several iconic brands including Google, Youtube and as of 2015, Budweiser's global and US business. Prior to Anomaly, Christine worked with a diverse group of agencies, including Mother, Wieden+Kennedy and Partners & Spade. Her work has been recognized by every major advertising award show, spanning categories from experiential to design to film. In 2014, she was named one of the 36 most creative women in advertising by Business Insider. She has been a visiting instructor at Pratt Institute since 2012.
Gailanne Grosso’s philosophy has guided her work in all aspects of marketing communications. As a film and creative director, she has found success by seeking to understand the real relationship a person has with a product, issue or experience and then crafting messages that are provocative, meaningful and engaging. Gailanne has created award winning advertising campaigns for suchclients as Kaiser Permanente, Pfizer, Novartis, J&J, NYU Langone, Blue Cross, AHA, The Red Cross, Duke University, Columbia University, Tide, Pampers, Clearasil, Crest, Tide, Pampers, Walmart, PetSmart among many. Grosso holds a BA from McGill University and MA in English and is ABD for the PhD in English from Stonybrook, N.Y.
As the Head of Consumer Packaged Goods, Kristina’s team partners with CPG companies to design solutions that solve their business challenges. She builds brands digitally across all screens utilizing Google’s search, display, video, social, mobile and programmatic offering. Kristina has been at the forefront of online live streaming brokering the deal between YouTube, VEVO and American Express to create the award winning Unstaged music series. Launched in 2010 and in its 14th installment, Unstaged brings together breakthrough artists playing at landmark venues directed by influential filmmakers using digital and social media to connect the online audience to the live shows in unexpected ways. Kristina joined Google in 2006 when they launched the Google Audio platform. She facilitated in the development of bringing efficiency and accountability to offline media, building the foundation of what is now programmatic radio. Google Audio was a natural fit because she started her career in radio spending over eight years in national and local advertising sales for Clear Channel Communications. Prior to joining the Consumer Packaged Goods team she spent six years working with Financial Services marketers and two years working in the Automotive vertical educating Parts and Services companies on the power of online marketing. A graduate of Syracuse University, Kristina has a B.A. in both Political Science and Broadcast Journalism. She is an active member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) sitting on the founding commission for Digital Media Sales Certification. Her team has received multiple Effie and Webby Awards. Kristina is President of the Executive Board for the Newhouse 44, the heart of the Newhouse Alumni Network and a mentor for the Newhouse School’s Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship. A member of Next Gen Angels NYC she has her own consulting company that advises and invests in startups. She enjoys traveling, skiing, yoga and good food accompanied with great wine! You can follow her on twitter @thahn814
Peter Horst brings 28 years of marketing leadership across consumer and business products, services, technology. As CMO Hershey, Peter was responsible for global brand management, innovation, design, snacking strategy, and the global retail and licensing businesses. Previously, Peter served as SVP, Brand Marketing, at Capital One, leading the teams that supported all of the company’s lines of business. Before joining Capital one in 2003, Peter held marketing leadership roles at Ameritrade, US WEST, and General Mills. Peter was named a Global Top 50 Most Influential CMO by Forbes in 2015 and awarded the CMO Club’s Marketing Innovators award in 2016.
Tom oversees and helps create work for clients across our portfolio. Prior to FleishmanHillard, Tom was executive vice president/executive creative director for Rodgers Townsend/DDB for nearly 14 years. In addition, he held similar positions at GSD&M/Austin, DMB&B/St. Louis and Tracy-Locke/Dallas and Denver. A graduate of Art Center College of Design/Pasadena, Tom has won numerous industry awards including One Show, Communications Arts, Cannes, New York Art Directors Club and Archive among others. He has also judged many award shows including the prestigious CA Advertising Annual and has been a frequent media critic on various advertising topics.
Alexander Jutkowitz, CEO and founder of Group SJR, is shaping the marketing reality of the future. WPP’s acquisition of SJR in 2013 set the standard for a new breed of agency – a full-service digital consultancy, optimized for an always-on media landscape. Jutkowitz’s creation of high-quality “middleweight” content has propelled SJR to be one of the fastest growing companies within the WPP Group. As CEO of Colloquial, a content marketing firm created with the J. Walter Thompson Company, Jutkowitz is bringing first-class brand publishing to global markets including Australia, Brazil and the U.K. With his latest venture, Truffle Pig, he oversees the development of a next-generation, mobile-first marketing agency with Snapchat and the Daily Mail. Jutkowitz is vice-chairman and chief global strategist at WPP subsidiary H+K Strategies, on the board of directors of The Ad Council and a member of the board of trustees at Claremont Graduate University.
With nearly 20 years of experience, Lewis Kay most recently was building and overseeing PMK•BNC’s Entertainment Division While at PMK•BNC, he oversaw Talent, Television, Special Events, Film, Music, Lifestyle and Personal Brand Management Departments A strategic thinker with proven ability to execute multi-platform PR campaigns & understand the needs of both talent and brands accessing entertainment/pop culture media. Outside of his talent clients, Kay has led numerous high profile PR campaigns including the Primetime Emmys Awards, Grantland.com and the launch of Jimmy Kimmel Live! (and has worked on the show for the 13 year duration). Additionally, Kay has been the long-time personal publicist to dozens of respected talent including Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., Jack Black, Tracy Morgan, Will Arnett, Sarah Silverman, Bill Simmons and many others.
Quinn is currently the Senior Brand Director for Heineken in the US where he gets to blend his two passions together, brand building and a great pint of brew. He joined Heineken USA in 2013 as the Brand Director on Newcastle Brown Ale where he was named an Adweek Brand Genius and one of Ad Age’s Creativity 50 for his role on the “No Bollocks” campaign. Prior to Heineken, Quinn worked at PepsiCo and General Mills in Brand Management and Shopper Marketing leadership functions. Quinn spent several years in the advertising industry prior to making the move to the client side. Quinn received his BA from Gettysburg College in Political Science and Spanish and his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business in Marketing and Strategy. When not selling or drinking beer, Quinn can be found teaching his two daughters to yell “Go Blue” during Michigan athletic events, and occasionally running a marathon for no apparent reason.
Since joining ESPN Films in 2014, Gentry Kirby has produced documentaries for the Emmy Award-winning series 30 For 30 including Fantastic Lies, Of Miracles and Men and The U: Part 2. Kirby co-created Disney’s XD Becoming series as well as producing two of its episodes on Lebron James and Henrik Lundqvist. In April 2016, Kirby directed the This Magic Moment 30 for 30, which was the gala premiere at the 2016 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.
As Group Director of Communications Strategy at 'creative media agency' Noble People, Will leads innovative media solutions for a diverse client list that includes PayPal, Harry's, Honest Tea and Venmo. During his first two years at the company, Noble People brought on a number of new clients, more than doubled in size and took home top honors for an agency of their size at AdAge’s Small Agency Awards. In previous communications strategy roles at Droga5 and Wieden + Kennedy NY, Will contributed to impactful campaigns for Nike’s Jordan Brand, Prudential, Newcastle, Honey Maid and Heineken.
Senior creative executive overseeing a team of highly talented - and specialized individuals - in the pharma, medical device, and life sciences space. We drive change for brands that shape our world and positively impact the human experience.
With 18 years of experience in PR, brand marketing and public affairs, Abby has helped lead Virgin America's brand communications since the launch of the company in 2007. Abby served as a Managing Director at Mercury Public Affairs, where she led the agency's digital media practice. Prior to Virgin America, Abby served as the Special Assistant for Executive Communications for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Director of Advocacy Communications at the University of California and as a staffer for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. Abby earned her BA from UC Davis and a Master's degree from the London School of Economics.
Awarded as Grand Brand Genius by Adweek and as International Marketer of the Year in 2013 (M&M Global), Fernando led the charge in the groundbreaking "Dove Real Beauty Sketches" campaign. Now at BK, Fernando is infusing the brand with purpose, modernizing its design, and landing some iconic campaigns like Proud Whopper, Whopper Sign and McWhopper, which again hit a nerve with the audience creating lots of talkability and brand love. With 70+ Cannes Lions (3 GPs), 11 Yellow D&AD Pencils, Fernando believes that brands with purpose can achieve long term advantage and deliver stronger business results.
Matt pushes the creative limits of 72andSunny by helping lead the company’s commitment to experimentation with art, technology, and entertainment. He currently leads the creative charge on all things Google and is a driving force behind some of 72andSunny's most standout work. When Matt is not finding new and interesting ways to work with brands to solve creative problems, he can be found helping his babe of a wife tend to their kale garden and/or dreaming up his next art project.
Named one of the "Thirty Most Creative People In Advertising 2015" by BUSINESS INSIDER, Jason's work has been included in AdAge's “Top Work of The Past 20 Years," and earned CREATIVITY's “Top Interactive Idea of The Year" and "Top Campaign of the Year." Recently, Jason was named the Global Executive Creative Director at Huge where he oversees integrated creative across multiple disciplines and offices. Previously, he led the creative department of Havas New York to their best year at Cannes,Clios and The One Show. Jason has also held leadership roles at BBDO, Co:Collective Saatchi & Saatchi, Anomaly and McKinney.
Berta De Pablos-Barbier is VP Marketing Mars Chocolate North America. In Berta’s role she oversees brand management and integrated marketing strategy for a multi-billion dollar portfolio of iconic global brands that include M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, MILKY WAY®, TWIX®, 3MUSKETEERS®, and DOVE®. Prior to this role, Berta spent the last seven years based in France working in the fashion industry first as VP, Global Marketing and Communications for Boucheron and then joining Lacoste. During her time as Lacoste Chief Marketing Officer, the brand was awarded a Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity Silver Lion for the “Life is a Beautiful Sport” campaign.
As Executive Creative Director, Ladon applies 20 years of experience in creative communications to the integrated brand work he and his teams deliver. Through Burson-Marsteller’s integrated approach model and cross-practice collaboration, Ladon has produced breakthrough work for brands including Intel, Bank of America, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, Telefónica and Qualcomm amongst others. Having a background in fine art and being an accomplished adventure and lifestyle photographer, Ladon is behind the camera shooting the advertising as often as he is on set providing direction; having produced over 75 spots, dozens of video pieces and shot or directed hundreds of photo shoots.
Daniel Rosenberg co-founded Piro, an original and branded entertainment agency and production company where he works with brands to create best-of-class, story-driven projects in various media. Recent projects include the series Farmed and Dangerous (Hulu) and Odd Mom Out (Bravo). Rosenberg produced Inside Man (Denzel Washington), Righteous Kill (De Niro and Pacino) and Novocaine (Steve Martin) and has developed and written pilots for NBC, ABC, FOX and CW. He was also a studio executive at Revolution (Maid in Manhattan, Mona Lisa Smile). Rosenberg co-authored “Closing the Deal” and served on the board of BAFTA. He began his career at ICM.
Jon Ruby is an SVP, Creative Director at MullenLowe. He returned to Boston for a second tour of duty after spending thirteen years in Toronto, New York and, you guessed it, Boston. While working at agencies like Publicis NY and BBDO Toronto, he built global brands such as M&M’s, PepsiCo, Heineken, Starbucks, Gillette and Alka-Seltzer. At MullenLowe, Jon has produced Cannes and One Show awarded work for Google, Airbnb, American Greetings and National Geographic. In his spare time, he dedicates every single moment to writing perfectly-crafted bios.
Amy is the VP of Social at M Booth, working across practices to help teams develop integrated marketing campaigns that merge PR, social, influencer, content creation, paid and more. She most recently helped launch Made @ M Booth, the firm's revamped content studio. Throughout her career, she has worked on some of the world's largest brands across a number of categories ranging from beauty to booze. Amy is also passionate about social good and is an advisor to several charities, including She’s the First and The Adventure Project.
Lisa is an award-winning Creative Director with 15 years of expertise across a variety of design disciplines, from branding, print and advertising to exhibition design. Currently she heads the design team at Wolff Olins New York, pushing creativity for many of their biggest and boldest clients. At Wolff Olins, she's worked with ambitious clients, including USA TODAY, Hyatt, Microsoft, Wildlife Conservation Society, Lumina Foundation and Nike Let’s Move Active Schools, solving problems that have a meaningful impact on people. Most recently, she led the creative vision for The Met and reinvented identity and user experience for Gruhub and Zocdoc.
Jason serves as Executive Creative Director at RPA, where he spearheads all forms of creative for Honda Automotive, North America. Adweek recently picked Jason as one of the Top 30 Creative Directors in the country. While at RPA, Jason has led Honda’s Cannes Gold-winning “Project Drive-In,” an effort to save the American drive-in, as well as the “Matthew’s Day Off” 2012 Super Bowl ad, which was named one of the all-time best Super Bowl spots by the NY Post and Entertainment Weekly. His latest endeavors include the Honda short film “Paper” and establishing the Honda Road Readers program, an app that provides free children’s audiobooks to all Honda drivers. Prior to RPA, Jason was Creative Director at TBWA\Media Arts Lab, where he was the driving force behind Apple’s iconic “Mac vs. PC” campaign in three different countries. It won the Cannes Gold Lion, the Cyber Lion, the Grand Effie, numerous One Show Gold Pencils and was declared “Campaign of the Decade” by Adweek and one of the Top 10 Campaigns of the Century by AdAge. Recently, Jason wrote his first book, Look at Me When I’m Talking to You: Building Brand Attraction in an Age of Brand Aversion and released it in a completely unique way – on Instagram. It was covered by Adweek and several industry publications, and several big brands and top agency folks followed the daily installments.
Four-time Emmy winner and former ABC News Business Correspondent Betsy Stark is Managing Director of Content and Media Strategy at Ogilvy Public Relations. In this leadership role, she oversees the development of original, client-owned content and has produced numerous brand films, using her award-winning skills as a storyteller on behalf of clients including Merck, BP and the Government of Mexico. PR Week has named her a "Game Changer" for her exceptional work in the brand journalism space.
Eric Stern is Managing Director of Anonymous Content, a premier global production and management company. Overseeing the commercial and content division of the company, Stern represents a collection of Oscar and DGA-winning directorial heavyweights. Stern has executive produced many of Anonymous Content’s most award winning ads and large-scale brand films. Under his management, Anonymous Content has been named to Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” list for 2016. Prior to joining Anonymous Content, Stern was Executive Producer at MJZ, during the company’s coveted Cannes Lions Palme d’Or honor, as well as an Executive Producer at Biscuit Filmworks and Omaha Pictures.
Jimmie Stone is the Chief Creative Officer of Edelman NY and a driving force behind the creative shift of the world’s leading independent agency. Jimmie has won numerous awards throughout his career, including the UN Integrity in Advertising Award. He is currently a teacher at FIT in NY, co-creator of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) ‘‘Life Lab“ class and serves on the Board of the Art Directors Club. He has a great ability to write in third person, lives in Brooklyn (which he thinks sounds cool) with his wife and two children (who really are cool).
Seth Tabor heads up original content development and strategy for the Firstborn Studio, leading interdisciplinary creative teams to create groundbreaking work. He manages a prestigious list of clients including Audible, Patrón and American Express. Seth has worked on thousands of commercials, several TV shows, music videos and three shitty films. Seth worked at several production houses, including Open Frame Productions, Curious Pictures, Quiet Man VFX and finally Katabatic Digital before joining Firstborn. His career highlight? Playing Boggle with the Beastie Boys.
Damian Totman is the creative leader of the global marketing Studio inside Bloomberg LP, headquartered in New York. This is a 100% independent creative shop – delivering end-to end, world class work across all businesses and brands in the Bloomberg universe. Prior to Bloomberg, Damian ran his own agency, focused on fashion and luxury clients such as Ralph Lauren. In his 25 year career, Damian has led and implemented campaigns and creative projects for powerful brands such as HSBC, Smirnoff, Shell and The Diamond Trading Company – working for the world’s most prestigious creative firms.
Commander and Ursula: A Love Story
FedEx with Alley Cat Group
Malak and the Boat
UNICEF and 180LA with House of Colors
The Holiday Odyssey
Target, 72andSunny, and Method with Interrogate and Haworth Media
Bryce Harper Virtual Reality Experience
Gatorade and OMD with The Mill, VML, and FleishmanHillard
Hold Your Breath
SunTrust and StrawberryFrog with MJZ and 22 Squared
Audi and MediaCom with Bandito Brothers
The Longest Night
Philips and The New York Times, T Brand Studio with Spindle and Carat
Intel and The Grammys Present "The Lady Gaga Experience"
Intel and OMD with Prettybird, Greenlight, and Zeno Group
Business Unusual Official Movie
Marriott International/Renaissance Hotels with Substance Over Hype, Marriott Content Studio, MEC/ BMF Media, and Ballantines PR
French Kiss Official Film
Marriott International with Sander/Moses Production, Marriott Content Studio, MEC, and Grey PR
Philips and Ogilvy & Mather London with Tool of North America, Carat London, and One Voice
FirstEnergy and Marcus Thomas with Think Media Studios
Gatorade | VICE Sports Win From Within Short Film Series | Abby Wambach's Journey from Rochester to the World Stage
Gatorade and Vice Sports with OMD and The Content Collective
S. Pellegrino and Tastemade with Deep Focus
Revlon and MediaCom with AR New York, MediaCom, and Lippe Taylor
Say No To Spec
Zulu Alpha Kilo with zulubot
In Search of The Most Dangerous Town on the Internet
Kathryn Kane and Michael Kulich and Norton by Symantec with Caviar Los Angeles and Grey San Francisco
Lily & the Snowman
Cineplex and Zulu Alpha Kilo with Hornet and HD Media
Melco Crown Entertainment with RacPac Entertainment, DDB, GroupM, FleishmanHillard and SPRG
The Home-buying Process in Plain English with Elizabeth Banks
realtor.com and Pereira & O'Dell New York with Uber Production
A Portrait on Paper: Russell Paige
Domtar and Ogilvy Los Angeles with Eastward and Ogilvy Public Relations
More Than Brains
University of Phoenix and 180LA with The Corner Shop and OMD
Strayer University and MediaCom with WhoSay
Pepsi + EMPIRE Partnership
Pepsi and OMD
Beyond Laughter & Tears: A Journey of Hope
Avanir Pharmaceuticals and W2O Group with Madpix Films and AbelsonTaylor
Out the Monster
Orexo and StrawberryFrog with Madison Media and Spark Media
The Making of Naglazyme
BioMarin and Chandler Chicco Agency with Great Jones Productions
Unmasking a Killer.
NewYork-Presbyterian and Seiden Advertising with Dutch Uncle
The True Story of the Wish That Created a Global Movement
Make-A-Wish America with Relentless
The Nerdery's Top Row Club
Now We're Newtons
Mondelez and Weber Shandwick with Pet Gorilla
The Brand Film Festival
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As a result of the first annual Brand Film Festival's incredible success, industry leading brands PRWeek and Campaign are introducing the festival to London.
Brand Film Festival London will showcase the best of Europe's branded content films, from YouTube videos to long-form documentaries.
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