YDAJURY 2017

Jury for 2017

DANIEL BERGMANN

JURY PRESIDENT
President and Founder - Stink
DANIEL BERGMANN
JURY PRESIDENT
President and Founder - Stink

Since establishing Stink in 1998, Daniel Bergmann has been one of the most fascinating figureheads in the industry and has been on the forefront of award-winning film and production globally. As Stink continually evolves with changing technologies and innovation, he stays ahead of the curve and focuses on what he’s best known for, honing in on the world’s best talent.

Today the company is defined by Stink Films- an inspiring home for talent and independence, which is reflected in our culture and through our work and Stink Studios, that produces award winning content and craft across advertising, entertainment, music and the arts.

Daniel has been responsible for some of the world’s most famous films and commercials, which reflects his passion and determination for good story telling. He has made it Stink’s mission to continue to discover and nurture local and international talent, especially in places that the mainstream industry overlooks.

Daniel has collected a multitude of global awards including Grand Prix and Gold Cannes Lions, D&AD, BTAA, named Production Company of the Year by Campaign and Ad Age. Stink has been recognised as the second most awarded company by the Gunn Report, Ad Age and positioned third at Cannes Lions Palm D’Or in 2016. Daniel has served as a judge for a number of awards shows including Cannes Lions, Eurobest and as Jury Chairman for British Arrows and Ciclope.

TONY PETERSEN

JURY FOR GERMANY
Werbe Film Produzenten / German Producer Alliance
TONY PETERSEN
JURY FOR GERMANY
Werbe Film Produzenten / German Producer Alliance

Born in postwar stuttgart 1947 to an actress and an officer.

Today a convinced hamburg guy since over 60 years.

With no proper education apart from 6 months as a hippie kid travelling across the usa in 1967. Plus 1 term of sociology in 68.

Assisting still photographers for 3 years. after 5 years of photo-journalism for magazines like STERN + GEO, shooting musicians on and off stage, and giving company to a few feature film, I occasionally entered the world of moving media in marketing.

Opened my first company in 1985 and stayed managing director/executive producer ever since.

Stopped producing in 2012 in order to tell young creatives how to make good commercials. Since over 3 years involved in our german producers association. Working harder than foreseen. That’s it.

JEN DENNIS

JURY FOR USA
Head - RSA VR
JEN DENNIS
JURY FOR USA
Head - RSA VR

Jen Dennis is Head of RSA VR, RSA Films’ immersive media division. With RSA Films’ co-founder Ridley Scott, Jen recently executive produced ALIEN: COVENANT In Utero for Scott’s new sci-fi blockbuster, Alien: Covenant. In Utero, directed by David Karlak, is a 360-degree virtual reality journey into a living  nightmare that offers a terrifyingly close and personal encounter as an alien Neomorph at the time of its birth. This comes on the heels of the groundbreaking The Martian VR Experience, which Jen also executive produced with Scott. Winner of a Cannes Silver Lion and an AICP honor in VR, The Martian VR Experience is an unprecedented 25-minute immersive entertainment experience directed by Robert Stromberg that enables viewers to navigate the 360-degree landscape of Mars in the very capable spacesuit of stranded astronaut Mark Watney.

Since joining RSA in 2014, Jen has executive produced highly praised branded content, as well—Nike’s first-ever scripted YouTube series, the viral blockbuster “Margot vs Lily,” via Wieden + Kennedy. Winner of a Cannes Gold Lion and a Webby, the eight-episode original series directed by Tricia Brock follows the adventures of two sisters who challenge each other to go beyond their comfort zones with some very creative New Year’s resolutions.

Jen brings over 20 years global production experience to RSA. She began her career in her native New York as an agency producer at MVBMS (now RSCG) before moving to California. There she embarked upon a prolific 15-year freelance career that included many years in a fixed role with Wieden + Kennedy, producing all the Asia-Pac Nike business and eventually Nike Global work through the Portland office. The work took her around the world collaborating closely with celebrated athletes and icons such as LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rick Ross, Samuel L. Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Spike Lee and many others. And many of those commercials garnered the industry’s top honors at Cannes, D&AD, AICP and the One Show.

In addition to her long relationship with W + K, Jen worked at other top shops such as Crispin Porter & Bogusky, 72andSunny, 180 and GSD&M, as well as on the production side as a line producer and executive producer. In 2013, Jen was tapped to partner with the ECD of Samsung’s global business to open a boutique division of Leo Burnett in Los Angeles where she acted as SVP, creative content production. In that role she culled together her expertise in traditional advertising to broker strategic partnerships with celebrities and brands and develop innovative campaigns utilizing emerging technologies.

Jen lives in West Hollywood and when she’s not knee deep in projects as a creative producer, she spends her time walking Georgie Girl, her rescue dog, in Runyon Canyon.

LYNDY STOUT

JURY FOR 1.4
Founder - 1.4
LYNDY STOUT
JURY FOR 1.4
Founder - 1.4

1.4 is a self-funded project which has been featuring the very best directing talent in short form filmmaking since January, 2012. Curator Lyndy Stout has been at the forefront of championing this work for many years – first as deputy editor of Creative Review and latterly as editor of shots for over a decade.

DAN LEVINSON

JURY FOR USA
Founder and President - Moxie Pictures
DAN LEVINSON
JURY FOR USA
Founder and President - Moxie Pictures

Dan Levinson

After graduating from Duke University, Dan decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and go into commercial filmmaking.  He was an asst. cameraman for a couple years, but he was not very good at it, so he decided that directing commercials would be better for him, so off he went.

Dan soon realized that he enjoyed working with other filmmakers, so he started Moxie Pictures. The company was going along fine, but Dan felt he needed to make a splash, so Moxie started signing feature film directors, and soon Moxie was on it’s way.  Christophxer Guest, Wes Anderson, and Todd Phillips were a few of the early signings, and their success propelled Moxie into the upper echelons of commercial production…

Moxie has always been a home for filmmakers with very distinct POVs

Moxie continues to be a leader in tv commercial production with offices in NY/LA/London, representing some of the most talented filmmakers/commercial directors in the world…

In 2007, the company started a political media firm, a-political, and soon it had it’s first big success, the election of their first client, Governor Eliot Spitzer.

Right from there, they were hired to be a part of the Hillary Clinton media team as she ran for president in 2008. Moxie learned a lot from the loss, but the excitement of being a part of a Presidential run was fascinating.

Later, with the media world fracturing, Moxie decided to go into the world of documentary television and film. Moxie produced numerous television shows, documentaries and sponsored content for such diverse networks as Animal Planet, FYI, ESPN, and NBC. They started the REEL MOMENTS film series for Glamour Magazine . Some of their recent docs include THE LURE, and Tribeca Film Festival Audience award winner, MALA MALA. They have also produced Errol Morris’s last four films, and are currently in production of a series with Errol for release on Netflix in the fall of 2017.

Moxie has also produced critically acclaimed narrative feature films AUSTENLAND, DEEP POWDER, and THE MEND.

Their latest documentary, DINA won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival……….That was very, very exciting.

Dan is divorced and lives in NYC and has two children, Ava 18 and Jed 15.

For fun, you can find him on the golf course. He played in his first USGA event when he qualified for the 2016 US Senior Amateur.

 

RUDI HALLER

JURY FOR SWITZERLAND
Executive Producer - Solid & Hallerfilm
RUDI HALLER
JURY FOR SWITZERLAND
Executive Producer - Solid & Hallerfilm

Rudi Haller started his career in the early eighties with an apprenticeship as a film technician at Schwarz Filmtechnik AG in Berne. After this he subsequently worked his way up from assistant to the position of a producer at Condor Films in Zurich. Since 1992, as the founder and executive producer of the company Solid & Hallerfilm Ltd. Rudi Haller has successfully produced numerous commercials around the world. As a result of his commitment to the branch, Rudi Haller is, since 2006, board member of the Swissfilm Association and Vice President of the CFP-E.

JANETTE DE VILLIERS

JURY FOR SOUTH AFRICA
Founder, Director & Executive Producer - Groundglass & inc.
JANETTE DE VILLIERS
JURY FOR SOUTH AFRICA
Founder, Director & Executive Producer - Groundglass & inc.

Janette De Villiers has been in the South African Film and Commercials industry for over 30 years and has become one of South Africa’s top Producers and a prominent industry figure. Working at some of Johannesburg’s premiere production companies meant Janette collaborated with various directors and producers in the local market, streamlining her experience in the film and advertising world.

She worked for many years as Iain Campbell’s producer. Iain was a pioneering director in the tabletop and high speed cinematography genre and worked for top brands both internationally and in the local advertising market. Janette opened Groundglass in 2001 as a Director focused production company. Based on the businesses success, over the years she has expanded the company to cover both local director based work and service work. She has approached the service market with the same vigor and professionalism, making Groundglass one of the top service facilitation companies in Cape Town.

More recently Janette has launched another division of the company, “inc.creative”, which specializes in online content development and non-traditional forms of advertising – and nurturing young talent. The digital age has created new platforms from which advertisers can engage with their target markets, and Janette is at the forefront of bringing this type of advertising to local clients. This is in addition to her tireless personal efforts to uncover, develop and mentor new creative talent, which she views as part of her social responsibility towards the continued sustainability of the industry she owes her success to.

Janette has attended the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 with her short film The Man with the Heavy Leg, and won a bronze award at Cicolpe 2016 for the shortfilm  “Numbers”, a piece created in collaboration with SA artist Manuela Gray.

 

JEAN OZANNAT

JURY FOR FRANCE
Founder & CEO Henry
JEAN OZANNAT
JURY FOR FRANCE
Founder & CEO Henry

Jean Ozannat started his career in film production at La Pac in 2000.  From 2000 to 2002 he managed the music video department where he produced videos for bands like Air, Phoenix, Sébastien Tellier and many others. From 2002 to 2008 he served as Executive Producer in the TV commercial department, producing more than 100 TV commercials.

In 2008 he joined Gang Films as Partner and Executive Producer.

In 2010 he created a new production company, Henry (henry.tv) with Jean Luc Bergeron, that soon became one of the most successful commercial production company in Paris, and created Henry affiliates companies such as Slowdance (luxury, fashion and beauty films), Troopers (young directors development) and Anomalie Films (Feature films, fictions).

Since 2002, Jean has been rewarded for prestigious French and International advertising awards counting as many as 6 Lions (2 gold, 1 silver & 3 bronze), 9 Eurobest (2 Grand Prix, 1 gold, 3 silver & 3 bronze), 3 D&AD (1 Yellow pencil, 1 nomination, 1 in-book), 2 Clios (1 silver & 1 bronze) and also, Epica, LIA, Club des AD, etc…

Henry was named 5th most awarded production company in the world in the Gunn report 2013.

Jean has worked over the years with many renowned and talented directors such as Lionel Goldstein, Bart Timmer, Lieven van Baelen, Martin Werner, David Lynch, Martin de Thurah, Andreas Nilsson, Kasper Wedendahl, Rob Sanders, Markus Walter, Joachim Back, Pleix, Jeppe Ronde, Lawrence Dunmore, Didier Barcelo, Wiflrid Brimo, Adam Hashemi and many others.

He gave his input and experience for many brands like Canal+, Nissan, Renault, Peugeot, Infiniti, Citroen, Dior, SNCF, BNP Paribas, Amnesty International, AIDES, Pepsico, P&G, Danone, Volkswagen, EDF, Mc Donalds, AXA, Rayban, Disney, SFR, etc…

And for Advertising Agencies such as TBWA Paris, BETC, Publicis, Havas Paris, CLM BBDO, DDB Paris, Y&R, Being, Buzzman, Fred&Farid, Les Gaulois, JWT, Leo Burnett, McCann, Marcel, Ogilvy, Saatchi&Saatchi, etc…

SELENA SCHLEH

JURY FOR SHOTS
Deputy Editor - Shots
SELENA SCHLEH
JURY FOR SHOTS
Deputy Editor - Shots

Selena Schleh is the deputy editor of shots, the world’s leading commercials title, which provides news, insight and inspiration for the global creative community. As well as overseeing the shots Rising Stars young talent initiative, she has served on several awards juries including D&AD Next Director and the Berlin Fashion Film Festival.

During the course of her career as a features writer and editor, Selena has contributed to publications including the Telegraph, Dazed & Confused/Satellite Voices and Harrods Magazine. Prior to joining shots in 2015, she spent three years in Shanghai as Time Out’s Associate Editor, covering the city’s cultural and creative happenings.

SPENCER DODD

JURY FOR UK
Managing Director - The Sweet Shop
SPENCER DODD
JURY FOR UK
Managing Director - The Sweet Shop

Spencer has worked alongside some of the UK advertising industry’s most creative and successful figures in his 20-year career. He cut his teeth working for two of London’s legendary creatives in Dave Trott and Geoffrey Seymour. Several years later, he moved into feature production, progressing from Runner to Production Assistant and Assistant Director on a number of seminal UK films, including Bridgette Jones’ Diary, Dirty Pretty Things, Vera Drake, Charlotte Gray and East is East.

In 2001, Spencer joined Gorgeous Enterprises, the most awarded production company in the world. During the 10 years he spent there, Spencer worked on some of the UK’s biggest TV commercials, for brands including Barclays, Hovis, HSBC, Master Card, VW, Mercedes, Lexus, Sky, Heinz, McDonalds, Sony, Nike and Shell.

Spencer joined The Sweet Shop in 2011, and has quickly established the company amongst the UK’s best production companies, picking up awards at all the major awards shows alongside various other accolades. In 2016 Televisual Magazine ranked The Sweet Shop 16th overall, while UK industry site David Reviews ranks the company amongst its Top 5.

MATTHIEU ELKAIM

ECD JURY FOR EUROPE
Executive Creative Director - BBDO
MATTHIEU ELKAIM
ECD JURY FOR EUROPE
Executive Creative Director - BBDO

An Economics graduate, Matthieu Elkaim decided to interrupt his university studies for his first training period at Publicis when he was 18 years old.

In 2001, he joined TBWA/Paris for three years as a Junior Copywriter, working for brands such as Sony Playstation, McDonald’s, Amnesty International and more.

Then he joined DDB Paris.

After five years working for clients such as Volkswagen, Nike and Audi, he became European Creative Director in charge of Lipton Unilever and Lipton Ice Tea.

In March 2012, Matthieu joined CLM BBDO as Executive Creative Director.

Three years later, he was appointed Chief Creative Officer of BBDO Paris.

Passionnate about advertising, he loves big ideas, innovative approaches and risk-taking.

In 2013, Matthieu was named French Creative Director of the year. So far, he has won numerous national and international awards including Canne Lions, Eurobest, One Show, Clio, D&AD, in a wide range of categories (Film, Promo, Cyber, Direct, Outdoor, PR, Press…)

MAX BRADY

JURY FOR IRELAND
Managing Director and Executive Producer - Pull The Trigger Ltd
MAX BRADY
JURY FOR IRELAND
Managing Director and Executive Producer - Pull The Trigger Ltd

Max Brady is Managing Director and Exec Producer with Pull The Trigger, where she has built a business that specialises in producing advertising content for advertising agencies and the provision of production services to International Production companies wishing to shoot in Ireland.

Pull The Trigger provide high end production in the genres of corporate videos,
documentary films, stills provision, digital films, TV and cinema commercials.
Most recently Pull The Trigger have been involved in generating content in the IP arena.

Max Brady’s background in production comes from a freelance career built working for independent production companies, establishing the success ful Maxfilms, and now Internationally known Pull The Trigger Ltd.

Since 2014, Max has pushed Ireland as a location based filming centre across the globe.

She is a regular attendee at the Cannes Lions International Film Festival, Pull The Trigger, and Max in particular, is an active member of the Global Production Network, representing Ireland on a world stage for collaborative projects for creative, and advertising, film making.

CHAD MUSERLIAN

JURY FOR SPAIN
Executive Producer - The Brownie Film Company
CHAD MUSERLIAN
JURY FOR SPAIN
Executive Producer - The Brownie Film Company

Managing Director and Executive Producer of The Brownie Film Company, Spain, Chad was born in New York. He obtained a BFA in Cinema and Television at New York University and began his career at the visual effects production Company, Peter Corbett & Co. After working in Manhattan based production companies, he relocated to Spain where he went on to work as a Producer for the local advertising market as well as for production services. Chad has an MBA from the École de Management in Lyon (France) and speaks Spanish, French and English

BURCAK BO BAKLA

JURY FOR TURKEY
Executive producer - DEPOfilm
BURCAK BO BAKLA
JURY FOR TURKEY
Executive producer - DEPOfilm

After reading Ayn Rand’s novel Fountainhead, Bo has found herself in a film school, and then started her career at a commercial production company in 1996. She has been producing commercials with DEPOfilm for the last 9 years.

DEPOfilm is a full service production company, that is gaining it’s success from a friendly, visionary, young but extremely experienced crew and directors. Not to count, World’s leading brands and celebrities served and the ads and the awards that has been left behind, it is the leading production company in Turkish market.

Bo is extremely proud to be a part of the YDA jury, as she believes “Investing in Youth always brings back benefits” thus applies to film making!

HENRIK LAGERCRANTZ

JURY FOR SWEDEN
Founder Social Club
HENRIK LAGERCRANTZ
JURY FOR SWEDEN
Founder Social Club

Father of two, and original founder of Social Club, Henrik Lagercrantz is the backbone of the company. His roll as both director and executive producer means he is pretty much always on call but he still finds time for some fly fishing and photography.

Having won numerous awards as a director, Henrik’s thirst for knowledge brought him on to the path of executive producer. What Henrik doesn’t know about commercials probably isn’t worth knowing. What not many people know though, is that Henrik actually wanted to be a baker when he was a kid. Everybody in the office is eagerly awaiting Henrik taking up his childhood dream. Yum!

Oh and also, everybody calls Henrik “Lager” but he is in fact much more of a wine drinker.

 

HUGHIE PHILLIPS

Co-­founder and Managing Director of MindsEye
HUGHIE PHILLIPS

Co-­founder and Managing Director of MindsEye

Hughie Phillips is co-­founder and Managing Director of MindsEye, an award-­winning commercials production company based in London. He has brought together some of the best comedy directing talent in the UK under the banner of MindsEye and is known for developing and nurturing new directing talent.

MindsEye’s work has been recognised by everyone from BAFTA to Cannes Lions and have had back-­‐to-­‐back D&AD nominationsin 2015 & 2016. http://mindseye.london/

In 2015, Hughie also co-­founded Billion Dollar Boy, an influencer marketing agency which now has offices in London, New York, Istanbul & Sao Paulo. The business also looks after online Rights Management for over 4000 film titles for some of the world’s largest independent film producers. His business partners in this venture include Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, whose film credits include Ron Howard’s Rush and Daniel Radcliffe’s Women In Black. http://billiondollarboy.com/

JAN KALLISTA

JURY FOR CZECH REPUBLIC
Producer and owner - Ad Wood Production
JAN KALLISTA
JURY FOR CZECH REPUBLIC
Producer and owner - Ad Wood Production

Jan Kallista is a producer and owner of Ad Wood Production Company based in Prague that specializes in TV commercials.

Jan is a board member of the Audiovisual Producers’ Association (APA) in the Czech Republic and board member of the CFP-Europe (Commercial Film Producers of Europe) as well as jury member of the Young Director Award (YDA) during Cannes Lions Festival for 2014.

More as a hobby he time to time escapes to work for various feature film projects as an executive producer or line producer (Rockstar – Indian feature, Detective downs – Norwegian feature, Lunacy – Czech feature, Nowhere in Moravia – Czech feature, …)

Recently he is in the process of establishing another production company called Film Kolektiv together with his three other partners. Film Kolektiv aims to serve as a platform for feature films, TV ads, Docs and TV series for all four producers that merged their strengths and knowhow.

Jan was born into a filmmaker’s family. His father showed him a lot from film alchemy and magic. So there is no wonder that Jan chose to study Film academy FAMU in Prague. During the studies he realized that he needed to do a job for a living. So he started as a runner. After few months he realized he would like to do more – so he became an assistant, coordinator, production manager, producer, …

Jan graduated at FAMU film academy with the Master of Arts title on the production department.

DIEGO MEDVEDOCKY

ECD JURY FOR LATIN AMERICA
CCO - Grey Latin America
DIEGO MEDVEDOCKY
ECD JURY FOR LATIN AMERICA
CCO - Grey Latin America

Diego Medvedocky has been recently designated CCO of Grey Latin America, previously held the position of Vice President and Creative Director of Grey Argentina. Diego has been named Chairman of Latam’s Regional Council, has formed part of the global council and has in addition recently been chosen as part of Grey’s select P&G Global group.

 

He is 40 years old, during his career he worked at agencies such as Turner, Euro RSG, Publicis and Del Campo Saatchi & Saatchi.

 Diego has been recognized in numerous national and international festivals, highlighting more than 40 Lions at the Cannes Advertising Festival. He was chosen by the Circle of Creatives of Argentina as the Best Copywriter of Argentina and integrates the Directive Commission of the CCA.

 

Under his management, Grey has been chosen as the Best Agency in Argentina in the Diente awards in 2014 and 2015, and was the most award-winning agency in the country at both national and international festivals in 2015 and 2016.

 He grew up in José Mármol and has a daughter named Lola. He likes movies, reading and his last medical checkup the level of cholesterol yielded a result of 256.

ANDREAS TSILIFONIS

JURY FOR GREECE
Executive Producer - Athens Central Film Productions
ANDREAS TSILIFONIS
JURY FOR GREECE
Executive Producer - Athens Central Film Productions

Andreas Tsilifonis started his career in 1974 as commercial films Director, while he was 20 years old. He has being the youngest director to direct commercials (more than 700 in the next 17 years) and he has being awarded for many of them with local and international awards. He was also the youngest director in Greece to direct a feature film in 1981.

On the side of his directorial career, Andreas wrote screenplays for feature films as well as some of the most successful television comedy series, having more than 70 weeks of highest audience ratings. Has composed also several rock songs which have been awarded with platinum records.

He was active also in the institutional side of the film industry, being a member of the board of Greek Director’s Guild and General Secretary in the Greek Screen Writer’s Guild. He served also as a member of the board of the Greek Film Center, the state production organization, authorizing 20-25 feature film productions annually. Since 1990 he is constantly re-elected as a member of the Board of Directors of GREEK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION (PACT), being now for the last two terms the President of the BoD.

In 1989 he produced the Greek segment of the feature film LIFE WITHOUT ZOE for TOUCHSTONE PICTURES , directed by Francis Ford Coppola and since then he gradually summons his creativity to producing, having produced until now more than 3.000 commercial spots, hundredths of TV hours, telefilms and all types of audiovisual productions.

From 1990 to 1999, he was the Managing Director/ Executive Producer and partner in MANGOS STUDIOS (one of the biggest post-production studios of the time in Europe); in POWERNET (one of the first and biggest web developing applications in Greece) and SIERRA POST (the biggest sound studio in Greece offering dubbing services to DISNEY INC, etc).

In 1999 he establishes his own production company CENTRAL ATHENS FILM PRODUCTIONS, which until today is the leading production company in Greece for international commercial and TV projects shot in Greece (www.AthensCentral.gr)

As a personal interest he has developed software for audiovisual applications; published numerous articles and gave lectures on Film Production, as well as composed and produced very successful rock songs in Greece.

Andreas Tsilifonis started his career as commercial films Director but 700 spots later, he switched to Producing. Additionally he directed for cinema and television, as well wrote screenplays for feature films and comedy series. He has been a member of the board of Greek Director’s Guild and the Greek Screen Writer’s Guild. He served also as a member of the BoD of the Greek Film Center, the national production organization.

Today he helms CENTRAL ATHENS FILM PRODUCTIONS, an active member of the GREEK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION (PACT), while he is now for the last two terms the President of the BoD.

ALI BROWN

JURY FOR USA
Vice President/Executive Producer - PRETTYBIRD
ALI BROWN
JURY FOR USA
Vice President/Executive Producer - PRETTYBIRD

Ali Brown is the Vice President/Executive Producer of PRETTYBIRD, a production company devoted to pushing creative and brand opportunities across all distribution outlets. With offices in Los Angeles and London, PRETTYBIRD is home to a diverse roster of filmmakers, creatives, and collaborators producing entertainment that is creatively led and platform agnostic.

Brown began her career in the commercial and music video industry before moving over to feature films where she served as Director of Creative Affairs at Spirit Dance, a production company helmed by veteran director/actor/producer Forest Whitaker. Upon her return to advertising, she helped build the PRETTYBIRD roster and reputation, expanding its reach across commercials, short films, features, web series, and music videos. PRETTYBIRD’s work has been recognized worldwide, including by the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the One Show, the Clio Awards, the London International Awards, D&AD, British Arrows, Ciclope, the AICP Awards, as well as being named Creativity Magazine’s Top Production Company of the Year for 2015.

Brown has been able to combine her background in long and short form, leading PRETTYBIRD’s foray into the narrative realm. She has produced several films under the PRETTYBIRD banner, including the award-winning Sundance New Frontier film Possibilia directed by Daniels; The Drew: No Excuse Just Produce directed by filmmaker Baron Davis and acquired by Showtime, Atlas Entertainment’s films The Monster directed by Brian Bertino and William Moynahan’s Mojave, which was acquired by A24; and feature film The Trust, which was written and directed by PRETTYBIRD duo Brewer, with a 2016 theatrical release.

Through the keen creative eye of Brown, PRETTYBIRD has quickly grown its roster with a reputation for building talent and being a collaborative creative community that welcomes filmmakers from all disciplines and projects of all formats.

Ali served two terms as AICP/West President and was a mentor with Project Involve, Film Independent’s diversity program. In addition to appearing on several panels including at Sundance’s New Frontier, The Side Project, and Women in Film, she also partnered with Sapient Nitro to curate the diversity-oriented panel Make Some Room at the 2016 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

THOR BRAMMER JACOBSEN

JURY FOR DANMARK
MD and Executive Producer - New Land Copenhagen
THOR BRAMMER JACOBSEN
JURY FOR DANMARK
MD and Executive Producer - New Land Copenhagen

Thor Brammer Jacobsen is MD and Executive Producer at New Land Copenhagen. In 2014 he founded the production company New Land together with Erik Torell and the directors Gustav Johansson, Casper Balslev and Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen.

 

Prior to that he worked as head of DDB Copenhagen’s production company, Spoiled Productions from 2004 – 2014 winning numerous International awards at Cannes Lions, Eurobest and UK Music Video Awards.

 

In Sweden 2015 and Denmark 2016 New Land was named as the production company of the year. During its first 3 years of business New Land has won numerous international awards including Gold Lions at Cannes Lions, Eurobest, The One Show and D&AD and is every day aiming to create content pieces on a high international level.

BOGDAN PETKOVIĆ

JURY FOR SERBIA
Executive producer/partner - emote films.
BOGDAN PETKOVIĆ
JURY FOR SERBIA
Executive producer/partner - emote films.

Executive producer/partner at emote films., an award winning production company based in Stocholme and Belgrade.

With 13 years of experience worked for the agencies as Satchi& Satchi, McCann Erickson, JWT, Publicis, Leo Burnett, TBWA, HAVAS, Grey, Ogilvey & Mather and clients as, Gevalia, Betser Coca Cola, Uni credit bank, Banca Intessa, Kinder, Nordic bet, Nestle, Telenor, Three mobile, Raiffesen bank, T mobile, Libero, Husqvarna, Credi agricole bank, Philips…

He is also one of the founders of the Serbian association of producers in advertising SAPA.

TOM MURPHY

ECD JURY FOR USA
Co-Chief Creative Officer - McCann New York
TOM MURPHY
ECD JURY FOR USA
Co-Chief Creative Officer - McCann New York

Tom Murphy is Co-Chief Creative Officer of McCann New York. He and his partner, Sean Bryan, have led at the agency during a period of creative rebirth.

McCann NY was the most awarded U.S. agency at Cannes 2016, Shoot Magazine’s 2016 Agency of the Year, the Andy’s 2017 Agency of the Year, ADC’s 2017 Agency of the Year and Digital Agency of the Year.

McCann was featured on the AdAge A-List and Creativity Innovators list in both 2016 and 2017. An art director by trade, Tom has been at McCann since 2005 when he was hired as a Creative Director on the Verizon business.

Prior to that, he was at DDB Chicago, working on Budweiser and McDonalds. Tom is a devout believer in the power of the big, beautiful, simple idea.

AXL NEWRKLA

JURY FOR AUSTRIA
CEO and founder - WIENER KLAPPE & babelfish
AXL NEWRKLA
JURY FOR AUSTRIA
CEO and founder - WIENER KLAPPE & babelfish

Axl Newrkla who was born into a „commercial family“ , his grandfather directed the first Austrian commercials in the 1950ies, and his father co owened Austrians biggest agency, beeing president of the European Art Directors Club ADC*E for many years.

Started his own career in 1983 as a production assistent. Between 1987-1989 he accidentally studied architects, which was not very successful, so he continued in film and run through all steps in featurefilmproduction including, Line Producer, Location Manager, Safety Consultant and finally production manager and assistent to the producer on local and international productions like Three Musketeers and Before Sunrise.After the birth of his 3rd (out of 4) doughter Axl founded Wiener Klappe in 1999.

Since then he produced over 300 local and international commercials, music videos and shortfilms. 2015 he teamed up with internaional DOP Thomas Kuerzl and founded Austrias first Serviceproduction – babelfish and produced allready more then 30 internationalcommercials with it´s first 2 years.

Axl is restless coming up with new ideas and projects including documentaries, feature films, theater .. etc.
He represents the Austrian Commercialfilmproducers within the Austrian Producers Association (AAFP) since 2009.

IEVA JAVA

JURY FOR LITHUANIA
Producer - SomeFilms
IEVA JAVA
JURY FOR LITHUANIA
Producer - SomeFilms

First graduating from Vilnius University where she got a degree in Cultural History and Anthropology, Ieva continued on studying filmmaking in London Film Academy and later FAMU – Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Always genuinely interested in storytelling – let it be theatre piece, a novel, a short film or a TV ad – Ieva applied her skills working in film and advertising production houses in Prague, Barcelona and Vilnius as concept developer, talent scout and supervisor and producer.

Today – producer at a boutique yet a top five full service production company in Lithuania called SomeFilms Ieva gets to try out herself in projects surpassing advertising – together with engineers making a car drive on 4G for an ad or together with artists and programmers working on an interactive art installation for half a year to make another one – are few examples.

Has weakness for jokes, strong coffee, basset hounds and big hands.

MAIKO OTA

ECD JURY FOR ASIA - PACIFIC
ECD & President - HAKUHODO Creative Vox
MAIKO OTA
ECD JURY FOR ASIA - PACIFIC
ECD & President - HAKUHODO Creative Vox

Since 1987, Maiko has been creating distinctive TVCs, TV dramas and short films at HAKUHODO, which is a major advertising agency in Japan.

She is also the author of many screenplays which are known for their unique and lovely writing style. Many actors and actresses are keen to make appearances in her films. People who have watched her films are often reminded of a ‘euphoria’ feeling.

HAKUHODO Creative Vox has won numerous national and international awards such as Cannes Lions, NYADC gold, Adfest Grand Prix, and One Show.

She lives with her husband, daughter and six cockatiels that sing ‘SUKIYAKI SONG’ besides her while she is drinking wine in the house.

RYAN MCMANUS

ECD JURY FOR AFRICA
ECD - NATIVE VML
RYAN MCMANUS
ECD JURY FOR AFRICA
ECD - NATIVE VML

After graduating from the AAA School of Advertising with a student Loerie, Ryan McManus has worked as a creative in South Africa, London, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Munich.

He has served as a Creative Director, a film director, has conceptualised many global campaigns at leading agencies like EURO RSCG Amsterdam, Serviceplan Munich, and various think tanks. He has worked across all mediums and for many well-known brands such as BMW, Nike, Sony Ericsson, M-TV, Vodafone, Volvo, Smirnoff, J&B, Evian, Shell, Levis, Expedia, Continental, Citroen and more.

After collecting many awards at leading global and local awards shows (Effie, Cannes, Eurobest, Art Directors Club, New York Festival, London International Awards, One Show and D&AD, Loeries) Ryan was included in the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans 2013. He has brought his wealth of global experience all back to SA as the Executive Creative Director of NATIVE.

JULIE THOMAS-TODA

JURY FOR ASIA-PACIFIC
Creative Producer of Creative Culture & Communications - AOI Pro. Inc.
JULIE THOMAS-TODA
JURY FOR ASIA-PACIFIC
Creative Producer of Creative Culture & Communications - AOI Pro. Inc.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Julie Thomas-Toda joined AOI Pro. Inc. in 1991, at a time when very few foreign women were working in the Japanese advertising industry.

Her strong passion for pushing creative beyond cultural and language barriers led the company to be a leader in Japan to collaborate internationally with creative professionals and filmmakers from around the world. She thrives on seeing the multi-faceted creative possibilities in production and delivering work that goes beyond the client and agency brief.

Her work as a creative coordinator has led her to the farthest corners of the earth, working with the best in the industry, on productions for such clients as Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Sony, Panasonic, Coca Cola, Shiseido, Nike, Kirin, Asahi, and Nestle.

Julie prides herself on being an advert junky, easily geeking out several hours a day to get her daily fix on who’s doing what in the world of persuasive filmmaking.

Julie lives in Tokyo,Japan with her husband and two children.

Much aloha,