AdFest 2020 has chosen its jury presidents. Australia’s Michael Ritchie, co-owner, managing director and executive producer of Revolver/Will O’Rourke, is to be AdFest jury president of Film Craft Lotus and New Director.
Suthisak Sucharittanonta, creative chairman of BBDO Bangkok will be jury president of Audio Lotus, Film Lotus, Outdoor Lotus and Press Lotus. Kalpesh Patankar, regional chief creative director of VMLY&R, MENA, will be jury president of Digital Lotus, Digital Craft Lotus and Mobile Lotus.
They join Grand Jury President, Judy John, global chief creative officer at Edelman on the top tier of the juries this year.
Michael Ritchie founded Revolver/Will O’Rourke with director, Steve Rogers, in 1999. In 2018, the production company was runner-up for the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes Lions, the first Australian production company to ever do so. Ritchie, Rogers and Martha Coleman recently launched a new venture called RevLover, a TV & feature film production company, which is currently in development with around a dozen feature films and television shows.
“It’s a privilege to be jury president of Film Craft at AdFest 2020. With everything moving particularly fast at the moment it’s pretty exciting to immerse ourselves in the very best work – and focus on what makes our diverse region truly unique and amazing,” Ritchie commented.
Suthisak Sucharittanonta is regarded as a pioneer of creative Thai advertising and is one of the most awarded creatives in Asia. His works have won countless awards at some of the most internationally acclaimed award shows in the world, including Thailand’s first Cannes Film Gold Lion award in 2003. He was also inducted into the AdFest Lotus Legend Hall of Fame in 2017.
He commented, “AdFest will always be my favourite regional festival as a globally-focused event with its heart in Thailand. I have always admired the festival’s passion for putting Asian creativity on a global stage, and I’m honoured to return as a Jury President this year.”
Kalpesh Patankar, a member of VMLY&R’s Global Creative Council, is one of the most awarded creatives in the Middle East and North Africa region, and in 2018 was named among the top 10 Global Agency Leaders by Adweek.
“AdFest is an award show that celebrates our regions and has a very distinct cultural flavour. I’m looking forward to seeing how we are going to elevate work from our regions and how these insights will translate into the digital and mobile space,” he stated
ADFEST is now selling tickets to AdFest 2020, which runs from March 18 – 22 2020 at PEACH, Royal Cliff Hotels Group in Pattaya, Thailand.
Find more information about registration fees and packages and book tickets, here.