Cannes Lions Festival is still a couple of weeks away but the first 2019 shortlists – Glass: The Lion for Change, Innovation Lions and Titanium Lions – have been announced.
The shortlisted entrants will present their work directly to jury members, in front of a live audience, from Monday June 17 to Wednesday June 19.
The idea behind the live judging format is to allow interaction between jury members and entrants so that questions may be answered and details added to the submissions to give judges a better understand the finer details of the entry. The live audience gets first-hand insight into the judging process and gains an opportunity to find out what the jury is looking for when awarding a Lion, while also discovering new innovations and creative work from around the world.
Simon Cook, managing director, Cannes Lions, stated, “We’re delighted to announce the first shortlists that represent the best in creativity from across the globe in these three highly competitive categories. Live judging allows more Cannes Lions delegates to gain insights and learn what creative excellence looks like.”
In the Innovation Lions shortlist are 25 entries from 16 countries. Naked Sydney’s Sans Forgetica for RMIT is Australia’s shortlisted entry.
Other shortlisted entries come from the UK, the US, Thailand, China, The Philippines, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Argentina, Belgium, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, Israel and Germany. The Innovation Lions shortlist presentations take place on the Awards Hub Stage from Monday to Wednesday and the winners will be announced onstage on Thursday June 20.
Innovation jury president and Innovation track ambassador, Bill Yom, global creative director of Cheil Worldwide, commented, “This year’s Innovation Lions shortlist is an exciting essence of creative excellence and I’m happy to see the work coming from countries across the world. Every shortlist candidate team should be proud to reach this stage. The Innovation Jury is looking forward to watching each presentation during live-judging on the Cannes Lions stage. The Stage is yours, not ours.”
In the shortlist for Glass: The Lion for Change are 23 entries from 12 countries – Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Poland, Sweden, The Netherlands, the UK and the US. The presentations may be viewed live in The Workshop Room on Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday June 19. This year’s Glass: The Lion for Change winners will receive their awards onstage on Friday June 21 in the final Awards Show of 2019.
This year’s Glass Lion jury president, Jaime Robinson, chief creative officer of Joan Creative, commented, “This year’s best work was a combination of powerful stories and really genius media-tweaking ideas, all hell-bent on challenging norms. I think we’re all dying to get into the jury room, learn more about the shortlisted work, and of course, discuss.”
In the Titanium Lions jury, led by Jury President David Lubars, chief creative officer worldwide, chairman North America of BBDO, are 20 pieces of work. They will be presented live in Redac 1 on Tuesday June 18 and Wednesday June 19. The entries come from 9 countries – Colombia, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Israel, UAE, the UK and the US. Winners will be awarded onstage on Friday June 21.
Commenting on the shortlist, David Lubars said: “Dan Wieden suggested the Titanium Lions back in 2003. His original charter for the award was to recognise work that was so forward thinking, it was difficult to fit it into a conventional category. It was work that showed the industry a new direction. The 2019 jury has created a shortlist we believe adheres to Dan’s charter; we’re excited about it, we believe you will be, too.”