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Cannes Lions Announce Lions Winners
Cannes Lions organizers announced the Lions winners during the Festival’s awards ceremony.

New Creative B2B Lions were recognized, alongside Direct Lions, Media Lions, Creative Data Lions, PR Lions and Social & Influencer Lions.

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In the Creative B2B Lions, recognizing game-changing creative work in the B2B space that demonstrates both creativity and effectiveness in advertising products and services purchased by professionals on behalf of businesses, 415 applications were received and 14 Lions were awarded by the jury: three gold medals, four silver and six bronze.

The Grand Prize was awarded to “Speaking in Colour”, for Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings, by Wunderman Thompson Minneapolis. In the Creative Data Lions, which honor the interaction of ideas and information, 328 nominations were received and 13 Lions were awarded by the jury: three gold, three silver and six bronze. The Grand Prize went to ‘Data Tienda’, for We Capital, by DDB Mexico, Mexico City / DDB Mexico, Ciudad de México.

Out of 1,488 registrations received for PR Lions, which honors strategic and creative communication, 49 Lions were rewarded: 7 gold, 17 silver and 24 bronze medals. The Grand Prize was awarded to ‘The Breakaway: The First Ecycling Team For Prisoners’, for Decathlon, by BBDO Belgium, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean. In the Social & Influencer Lions, 1,642 entries were received and 50 Lions were awarded: 6 gold, 17 silver and 26 bronze.

The Grand Prize was awarded to “The Unfiltered History Tour” for VICE Media, by Dentsu Creative, Bengaluru / Dentsu Creative, Mumbai / Dentsu Creative, Guragaon. The third Grand Prize of the week went to this unofficial guide to disputed artifacts from the British Museum, which also won the coveted Radio & Audio Lions and Brand Experience & Activation Lions trophy.

In the Direct Lions, 1,931 entries were received and 55 Lions were awarded: seven gold, 20 silver and 27 bronze. The Grand Prize was awarded to “Less Talk, More Bitcoin”, for Coinbase, by Accenture Song, New York / Coinbase, San Francisco. In the Media Lions, 1,752 nominations were received and 57 Lions were awarded: 9 gold, 19 silver and 28 bronze. A second Grand Prix went to ‘Hope Reef’, for Mars Petcare, by AMV BBDO, London. Cannes Lions also awarded two special prizes.

The 2022 Cannes LionHeart was awarded to girls’ education activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai. Entertainment Personality of the Year went to Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix. The Media Network of the Year 2022 was also announced in the following ranking: OMD Worldwide, Mediacom and Starcom.

Zylka becomes head of Perspektive Deutsches Kino

FROM August 1, journalist, author and presenter Jenni Zylka will be the new director of Perspektive Deutsches Kino. Zylka has been involved in the Berlinale for many years now: she has hosted press conferences and film conferences since 1999 and has been part of the Panorama selection committee since 2006.

She will succeed Linda Söffker, who said goodbye to the festival in April 2022 after 12 years as section head to take on new tasks at the DEFA Foundation.

Zylka has been a culture and film journalist for print and radio since 1995. She is a member of the Grimme Prize Jury and of the FSF (German Television Voluntary Classification Commission) examiners’ jury, teaches journalism at AMD Akademie Mode & Design Berlin and works as a screenwriter and author.

“We look forward to working with Jenni Zylka as the new Section Head of Perspektive Deutsches Kino. His many years of experience will maintain and strengthen the section’s status as a platform for German film talent and its connection to the international film industry,” say festival directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian.

Live screening for Durban
International Film Festival

The Creative Arts Center (CCA) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal will host the Durban International Festival (DIFF) from July 21-30. The 43rd edition of the festival program addresses the curatorial theme: “Adaptation, survival and sustainability”.

The festival will present a selection of South African premieres, which includes a diverse number of feature films, documentaries and short films, as live screenings at the Suncoast CineCentre in conjunction with Avalon Group. The festival organized a hybrid film presentation program consisting of almost 200 feature films, documentaries, short films and student films.

The greatest strength of the program is its contribution and representation of 50% female content. Some of the feature films that highlight these themes include: Donkeyhead (Canada), directed by Agam Darshi, Juwaa (Belgium), directed by Nganji Mutiri, Klondike (Ukraine), directed by Maryna Er Gorbach, Public Toilet Africa (Ghana), directed by Felix ‘Kofi’ Ofosu-Yeboah. Others are, Ring Wandering (Japan), directed by Masakazu Kaneko, Skeletons (South Africa), directed by Jade Bowers, Valley of a Thousand Hills, directed by Bonnie Sithebe.

“DIFF prides itself on discovering and nurturing new talent, and each year we select films from filmmakers from different countries, including first-time feature film directors.

The 43rd edition is no exception with nearly 30% of first feature films programmed, which pleases us”, says Valma Pfaff, director of the festival. The full festival program will be posted on July 1 at www.durbanfilmfest.com.

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