Saatchi & Saatchi Calls for Entries to Internationally Renowned New Director’s Showcase
Aspiring South African Film Makers Encouraged to Enter
The internationally renowned Saatchi & Saatchi New Director’s Showcase is open for entries to aspiring South African filmmakers this month. The Saatchi & Saatchi New Director’s Showcase is the most enthusiastically attended show at the annual Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival and represents the very best in new directing talent, identified by Saatchi & Saatchi globally.
“The showcase is an excellent platform from which to launch new talent and we’re hoping that this will enthuse and encourage local agencies and production houses to seriously look at investing in young directors and submit great work in order to be featured on this prestigious creative platform,” says Gavin Whitfield, creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi.
Whitfield says that the global objective of the showcase is to engage new talent by getting new directors to send in their reels to The Saatchi & Saatchi New Director’s Showcase, where they have a chance to be highlighted and discovered by their future clients. “It is open to directors of all film formats and styles but directors are only eligible for consideration if they directed their first film specifically made for advertising purposes after June 2009,” Whitfield adds.
The Saatchi & Saatchi network of 150 offices in 86 countries are responsible for finding the best new directors, and Saatchi & Saatchi South Africa will be reviewing the South African submissions and will then send the shortlist to the Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Creative Board. Interested participants should send their entries to Saatchi & Saatchi Cape Town or if in JHB, Saatchi & Saatchi JHB by 24th of March.
The New Directors Showcase will take place on Thursday 23rd June 2011, in The Grand Auditorium, Palais des Festivals Cannes.
Please send reels (DVD format) to Lee-Anne Jacobz at Saatchi & Saatchi, Cape Town (The Foundry, Ebenezer Road, Cape Town) or Vernadi Simpson at Saatchi & Saatchi, Johannesburg (28 Roos Street, Fourways, Johannesburg) by Thursday 24th March 2011. Please label clearly ‘New Directors’ Showcase 2011’ and include your contact details.
For further information on entry criteria or the showcase please contact:
Lee-Anne Jacobz at Saatchi & Saatchi Cape Town (for Cape Town and other regional Submissions)
Head of TV, Radio & Art Buying
Tel: +27 21 413 7500 Mobile
Vernadi Simpson at Saatchi & Saatchi JHB (For JHB Submissions)
Radio & TV ProducerTel: +27 11 548 6066 firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission Criteria: New Directors’ Showcase 2011 - How to EnterEligibility
- The Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase is open to directors of all film formats and styles.
- However, directors are only eligible for consideration if they directed their first 'film specifically made for advertising purposes' after June 2009, but they may have directed all other formats for longer.
- The term 'film specifically made for advertising purposes' is defined as any moving image commissioned with either production or media funded by an advertiser.
- By submitting their work, directors are confirming their eligibility.
The Saatchi & Saatchi Network of 150 offices in 86 countries is responsible for finding the best new directors. The heads of broadcast production and creative directors are constantly trawling for new talent. We also have relationships with key internet sites to identify candidates. We usually have some 500 directors to review as part of the selection process.
From all this material, a shortlist is compiled and the final selection for the reel is made by the Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Creative Board.
The Worldwide Creative Board makes its decisions based on the following characteristics:
The ability of the director to execute an idea on screen; an innovative technique or style and outstanding directorial skill.