Oscar joins Kiwis @ D&AD

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London 27 February – With just two months to go, D&AD has announced the signing of 2015 Oscar-winning filmmaker/adman Armando Bo, plus Joaquín Cubría (ECD at Buenos Aires agency DAVID), and DJ Zane Lowe (son of Radio Hauraki co-founder Derek Lowe) as additions to its headline speakers panel (which already this year includes two Kiwis – DDB’s Damon Stapleton and Colenso’s Nick Worthington). The  festival runs Tues-Thurs 25-27 April.

Bo’s storytelling has been critically acclaimed across all his work in film and advertising. Notably, he was one of the screenwriters of Birdman, a movie for which he won an Academy Award (for Best Writing, Original Screenplay) plus a Golden Globe for Best Original Script.

He is also a prolific advertising director, having shot multi-awarded pieces for brands such as Axe, VW, and Got Milk.

For 20 years, Cubria has been delivering world-class work for Argentina’s most creative agencies. His work has been awarded at all major international festivals, and won Latin America’s first D&AD Impact White Pencil.

Also announced today are the panels for D&AD Festival Insight Sessions. Made up of jury presidents and judges, the panels are a rare chance to get a unique look into the judging process behind the Professional Awards. Panellists this year include:

  • Alexander Nowak, Creative Director, Droga5, USA
  • Ali Hanan, Founder, Creative Equals, UK
  • Anne-Cécile Michaud, Global Chief Strategy Officer, Havas Media Group, France
  • Arno Moria, CEO & Executive Producer, Division Paris, France
  • Coralie Bickford-Smith, Senior Designer, Penguin Books, UK
  • Damon Stapleton, CCO, DDB New Zealand
  • David Nobay, Creative Chairman, Marcel Sydney, Australia
  • Elise Valmorbida, Founder/Creative Director, word-design, UK
  • Fiona Curran, Creative Partner, Distil Studio, UK
  • Gail Bichler, Design Director, New York Times Magazine, USA
  • Josy Paul, Chairman, BBDO India
  • Laura Jordan Bambach, Partner, Mr President, UK
  • Mieke Haase, CCO, Loved/Thjnk, Germany
  • Nick Worthington, Creative Chairman, Colenso BBDO, New Zealand

For the full list click here

Three agendas
And this year the D&AD Festival has been organised into three distinct days, each with their own agenda:

  1. Tuesday 25 April – The Earth Will Shake: This is a day of responding to the big issues our world faces. D&AD want to inspire you to build a better, fairer and more sustainable future.
  2. Wednesday 26 April – Staring at The Sun: Shifts in technology, trends and work-styles are upending the creative industries. This is a day of leading innovators thinking, predicting and demonstrating how they are adapting to a transforming sector.
  3. Thursday 27 April – Outrageous Magic: This is a day of our industry’s leading designers and creators talking about what they do when crafting the big ideas.

As well as headline and speaker slots, visitors to the D&AD Festival will be able to take part in Insight Sessions that cover many of the key categories from the D&AD Professional Awards and Bite-size Training classes to give them a taster of D&AD Professional Development Training.

An exhibition of over 26,000 pieces of creative work entered into the awards will be displayed throughout the venue and there will also be New Blood and Next Awards installations, including an exclusive showcase of emerging directors and exhibition of emerging photographers in partnership with Getty Images to give attendants a full overview of what D&AD has to offer.

The D&AD Awards ceremony will take place during the festival this year, with a new format to be announced soon.

To see the complete line-up click here 

About D&AD
Since 1962, D&AD has been inspiring a community of creative thinkers by celebrating and stimulating the finest in design and advertising. A D&AD Pencil is recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade; the Awards entered and attended by the best creative decision makers from around the world. Set to reward, promote and enable creative brilliance in all areas of creative communication, a Yellow – or Black – Pencil remains the pinnacle in many careers. The introduction of the White Pencil – Creativity for Good category in 2012 was a resounding success. Since its launch it has grown from a single brief to an entire movement, producing a record four Pencil winners in 2015.

But it’s much more than just the Awards. Members join a vibrant global community, whilst creatives and clients are inspired by a world-class training and development programme. Students are supported with projects, awards and exhibitions, which give them a vital leg-up as they enter the industry.

As a non-profit, all of D&AD’s surpluses go straight into programmes that develop the next generation of creative talent while campaigning for the creative industries to help solve the world’s toughest social and environmental issues.

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