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ADC*E AWARDS – Jury Presidents Announcement

Johannes Newrkla to headline Jury Presidents for the 25th anniversary ADCE Awards 

  • Chaka Sobhani, Britta Pötzsch and Alexander Kalchev among names selected to judge the Champions League of Creativity.
  • 2016 Awards returns to the Disseny Hub Barcelona from 13-15 October as part of the 3rd European Creativity Festival.
  • Deadline set for 16 September.

The Art Directors Club of Europe (ADCE) has revealed the juries for the 25th ADCE Awards, the Champions League of Creativity.

This year, as the ADCE Awards celebrates a quarter-century, its longest-tenured Austrian Board Member and Merlicek & Grossebner CEO Johannes Newrkla will preside over the six juries.

As a true European border-crosser and frequent award-winner, Johannes embodies the ADCE values of multi-cultural learning and excellence in European advertising and design. He was a founder member of the ADCE in 1990 and led the organization as President for eight years, making him the perfect candidate to lead the anniversary Awards.

In October, Johannes will be joined by the following Jury Presidents:

  • Film & Radio: Britta Pötzsch, Global Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather Dusseldorf (Germany)
  • Advertising Print & Outdoor: Chaka Sobhani, Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett London (UK)
  • Interactive & Mobile: Valentina Culatti, Managing Director at Unit9 (Italy)
  • Design: Mario Eskenazi, Founder at Mario Eskenazi Studio (Spain)
  • Promotions & New Media: Alexander Kalchev, Executive Creative Director at DDB Paris (France)
  • Integration & Innovation: Adrian Botan, Global Executive Creative Director at McCann Bucharest (Romania)

 In total, 52 leading creatives and designers have been selected from the 18 ADCE member countries to judge the 25th ADCE Awards. The full list can be found at the ADCE website.

The Champions League of Creativity
The ADCE Awards are unique in that only creative work that has been awarded at a local European show can qualify, ensuring an elite selection in which every single entry that a judge sees has already been nominated as a standout piece of creative.

In addition to the categories listed, the awards also have space to promote young talent and students with the European Student of the Year and European Young Creative of the Year competitions.

In October, the juries will meet to debate and discuss the best creative work from across Europe, before awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze across each category, as well as the overall Grand Prix, to be revealed at the ADCE Awards Gala on October 15.

Following the awards, all the winning work will feature in the 2016 ADCE Annual, which showcases the year’s best in graphic design and advertising, and also toured throughout Europe at local exhibitions. 

The 3rd European Creativity Festival
The ADCE Awards return as part of the European Creativity Festival at the Disseny Hub Barcelona. Created to celebrate and recognize the art of creativity, graphic design and new creative solutions, the Festival features a packed programme of conferences, workshops, networking opportunities and other activities, delivered by some of the most innovative and inspiring people in Europe.

This year’s theme will be the “The Hybridscape: Where unexpected connections are made”, with the full line-up of speakers and ticket information to be announced very soon.

Entry Fees and Information
As a non-profit organization, the ADCE Awards offers significantly reduced entry fees to ensure agencies of all sizes from across Europe have the opportunity to participate. Entry is free to all Gold winners from eligible national shows, 100€ for Silver winners, and 170€ for all other awarded work (Bronze, Shortlisted etc). Registration is also open to winners from ADCE non-member European nations for a general fee of 270€.

Submissions should be made online at before Friday 16 September 2016. More information on rules and eligibility for the 25th ADCE Awards can be found at

For more information, contact:
Dan Bryant
Art Directors Club of Europe
Tel. +34 93 256 67 65
Tel. +34 629836939
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About the Art Directors Club of Europe

The Art Directors Club of Europe (ADCE) is a not-for-profit association headquartered in Barcelona comprised of professional clubs and associations of graphic design and advertising from 18 European countries: Austria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Ukraine.

Founded in 1990, the ADCE strives to foster excellence in graphic design and advertising creativity at a European scale. The association represents more than 4,500 professionals from the field and internationally spotlights the best works accomplished at a local scale through its annual European awards. The association’s current president is Amir Kassaei, Chief Creative Officer at DDB Worldwide, and one of the most recognised advertising creatives in the world.


Jury President
Johannes Newrkla, CEO, Merlicek & Grossebner (Austria)

Jury President: Britta Pötzsch, Global Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather, Germany

  • Austria: Helena Luczynski, Copywriter, Freelance
  • Czech Republic: Radouane Hadj Moussa, Creative Director, DDB Prague
  • Italy: Federico Pepe, Executive Creative Director, DLV BBDO
  • Portugal: Marco Pacheco, Creative Director, BBDO Portugal
  • Romania: Valentin Suciu, Creative Partner, Jazz
  • Slovakia: Peter Ižo, Creative Director, Made by Vaculik
  • Spain: Jesús Lada, Executive Creative Director, Leo Burnett


Jury President: Chaka Sobhani, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, UK

  • Austria: Katja Claus, Art Director, WIEN NORD
  • Cyprus: Artemis Psathas, Art Director, Freelance
  • Estonia : Kerstin Raidma, Creative & Art Director, Tabasco OÜ
  • Finland: Jannis Mavrostomos, Creative Director, Bob the Robot
  • Portugal: Pedro Ferreira, Creative Director, Y&R Group
  • Romania: Catalin Rusu, Chief Creative Partner & CEO, Rusu+Bortun Brand
  • Slovakia: Andrej Csino, Creative Director, Core 4 / tell it online
  • Spain: Eva Conesa, Executive Creative Director, Twoelf
  • UK: Lawrence Zeegen, Dean, School of Design
  • Iceland: Jon Ari Helgason, Creative Director, Brandenburg


Jury President: Valentina Culatti, Managing Director, Unit9, Italy

  • Finland: Anu Lehto, Art Director, Freelance
  • Germany: Marc Wirbeleit, Creative Strategist, Facebook
  • Italy: Rafaella Bertini, Creative Director, Freelance
  • Russia: Kolya Fabrika, Creative Director, Instinct
  • Spain: Rafa Soto, Founder & Creative Director, HerraizSoto&Co
  • Switzerland: Livio Dainese, Chief Creative Officer, Wirz BBDO


Jury President: Mario Eskenazi, Founder at Mario Eskenazi Studio, Spain

  • Cyprus: Omiros Panayides, Art Director, OMPA Design Studio
  • Czech Republic: Zuzana Kubisova, Senior Art Director, JWT Prague
  • Estonia: Joosep Volk, Creative & Art Director/Partner, Tolm
  • Finland: Piëtke Visser, Creative Director, Kuudes Kerros
  • Germany: Anja Steinig, Designer & Manager Director, Studio F
  • Spain: Martí Ferrer, Designer & Founder, Bildi Grafiks
  • Switzerland: Inken Rohweder, Art & Creative Director, Inken Rohweder
  • Iceland: Olof Birna Gardarsdottir, Graphic Designer & Owner, Reykavik                   Letterpress


Jury President: Alexander Kalchev, Executive Creative Director, DDB, France

  • Germany: Claus Fischer, Founder and General Manager / Head of Creation, VOSS+FISCHER
  • Italy: Ottavio Nava, Managing Director, We Are Social
  • Portugal: Pedro Pinho, Copywriter, O escritório
  • Russia: Vlad Sitnikov, CEO & Creative Director, Hungry Boys
  • Spain: Maria Borrás, CEO, Cómodo Screen
  • Switzerland: Bruno Manser, Digital Creative Director, Havas Worldwide Zürich
  • Iceland: Kristin Eva Olafsdotttir, Art Director & Partner, Gagarín


Jury President: Adrian Botan, Global Executive Creative Director, McCann Bucharest, Romania

  • Austria: Michael Nagy, Creative Director, Jung von Matt/Donau
  • Cyprus: Myria Konnari, Art Director, Freelance
  • Czech Republic: Matija Vujovic, Creative Director, Kitchen Prague
  • Estonia: Karl Saluveer, Creative Partner, Hmmm Creative Studio
  • Romania: Dan Frinculescu, Group Creative Director, Publicis Romania
  • Slovenia: Janez Rakušček, Executive Creative Director, Luna/TBWA Ljubljana
  • UK: Rosie Bardales, Executive Creative Director, BETC London





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Award adci best creative idea – IFF Capalbio – Man after machine

Colin Trevorrow, regista di Jurassic World e del prossimo Star Wars Episodio IX, è stato con noi. Ha avuto modo di curare e coordinare un workshop per pochi fortunati, un laboratorio creativo dedicato allo storytelling. E come è in uso nella cultura civile, il Maestro si confonde molto volentieri con tutti. Con i giovani colleghi, con noi della giuria, con i ragazzi dello staff, anch’essi giovani artisti prestati all’organizzazione. L’happening al Parco dei Tarocchi è disinvolto, informale, e di approfondimento e di divertimento collettivo. Colin Trevorrow è persona timida, riservata, siede su di uno sgabello, al centro di un emiciclo naturale di rocce e sassi, dove noi tutti troviamo posto. Parla con voce lenta e sempre riflessiva, beve un sorso d’acqua dalla bottiglia e ci racconta dei suoi esordi. E’ paterno nell’approccio, esorta la platea a provarci. Anche per il solo gusto di provarci. A metterci sempre passione e lavoro, senza fronzoli o stupide illusioni che spesso traducono un alibi in pesante macigno, che ferma o alla meno peggio ritarda un lavoro che dovrebbe essere ben fatto. Il suo lavoro d’esordio: un corto che ha richiesto un investimento di circa 7000,00 dollari, una buona prova d’autore visto che ha attirato l’attenzione di Steven Spielberg, e il resto è storia e lo sarà ancora.
Atteggiamenti informali, nessuno si è concesso, tutto molto naturale nell’interazione tra ruoli ed esperienze. Racconti di Colin e dei presenti, sensazioni, riflessioni, confronto ed arricchimento con le altre storie che libere, raccontano di altre esperienze. Si è creato così un ambiente rilassato, dove tutti parlano con tutti, non c’è ruolo, nazione, religione o credo politico che interferisca nel libero scambio di idee, sorrisi e proiezioni. Tutti coinvolti e accomunati dalla cultura. La cultura, in questo caso del cinema, che parla la stessa lingua in ogni luogo della terra. Gli occhi che brillano per l’opera compiuta e in concorso sono gli stessi sia per il giovane regista americano Graham Parkes di Where you are che per il più “maturo” regista tunisino Lotfi Achour di La Laine Sur Les Dos / Law Of The Lamb
 in concorso anche a Cannes.
Anche gli assenti hanno il loro fascino. The Takeaway Scenes presenti al festival con Jumpers, quinto loro corto, a cui è andato – AWARD ADCI BEST CREATIVE IDEA è un gruppo di creativi: Director Anonymous Written By Anonymous Cinematography Anonymous Editing Anonymous Music Anonymous Cast Anonymous, Anonymous. Sono fatti così giranno e fanno girare i loro lavori per i festival di tutto il mondo e di solito non ritirano i premi e visto il talento non escluderei, che i martedì possano perdersi, suonando in qualche locale di Manhattan.
Capalbio, mi verrebbe da dire e lo dico è cornice, paesaggio naturale, dove tutto questo può accadere. In questa cornice di calma apparente, tre giorni nella percezione di quanto fatto, si sono amplificati, sono diventati multipli di se stessi. Appuntamenti con Video Mapping, Storyboomers, Virtual Reality Experience, Interactive Documentary, tutto rigorosamente in lingua. La sera proiezioni di corti fino a tarda notte. Una full immersion di tecnologia e nuove tendenze dove la macchina dai tempi di Fritz Lang dichiara di voler sostituire l’uomo. Ma l’uomo non molla, tiene duro, guarda alle stelle, si ritrova e si raccoglie a notte inoltrata, puntuale ogni sera al Vecchio Frantoio per uno scarico di tensione con il favore di quattro chiacchiere, magari con un’idea in proiezione da condividere, davanti a un bicchiere di buon rosso.

in the suggestive Piazza Magenta, in the old town centre of Capalbio, the awards of the XXIII edition of CAPALBIO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL were given. The festival was founded by Stella Leonetti – with Michelangelo Antonioni as its godfather and has now Tommaso Mottola as director. The International Competition Juries, was made up of the actress Pamela Villoresi, the producer Pietro Valsecchi, the actress and director Stefania Casini, the director of L’attesa with J. Binoche Piero Messina, the screenwriter Filippo Bologna and the writer Giuseppe Catozzella.
They gave the following awards:

GRAN PRIX BEST FILM: Where You Are by Graham Parkes
With the following reason: “The best narrative idea, realized and told in an extremely delicate and poetic way.
A film that touches your heart and soul. An intimate and delicate story about the relationship between father
and son and the difficulties in accepting its changes.”

GRAN PRIX BEST FILM DIRECTION: Lotfi Achour for La Laine Sur Les Dos / Law Of The Lamb
With the the following reason: “A story of power abuse and poverty. A world that is now close to us, depicted
with ability and irony. It is a bitter epilogue about the old abuse of power of the rich against the poor, told
withe the strength and simplicity of a tale by Phaedra.”

GRAN PRIX BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Yek An / A Moment by Naghi Nemati
With the the following reason: “A bitter story that reflects the situation in the south of the world. Its images
are blurred and brave, on different levels of an historical reality.”

GRAN PRIX SPECIAL MENTION: Partir / Leave by María Saavedra
With the following reason: “A wonderful story with extraordinary images and skillful protagonists. An on the
road film that stretched the boundaries of the world and life.”

The International Jury, made up of the actress and director Stefania Casini, the Israeli director Ayelet Albenda and the Norwegian producer Torstein Nybø, nominee at the Academy Awards, gave the following
WORLD OF MAPS PRIZE: Home by Daniel Mulloy
Withe the following reason: “Even tough it is a short film, dramatically it seems like a long one. So simple and yet so ingenious. It has a peculiar way of facing the gender issue, exchanging the roles. Is exemplary how the title is summarized in the final hug, symbolizing the home that will never be lost. A short that leaves the desire of watching more movies from the same director.”

AWARD ADCI BEST CREATIVE IDEA award to: Jumpers di Takeaway Scenes,the award was assigned by journalist and creative Giacomo Marsella
With the following reasons: “It is extraordinary how the directors manage to use an event that takes place once a year and use it as a theatrical stage. The roof of a building becomes a natural stage where you can go to either watch the stars or decide to jump off. With some fireworks as background the drama between two different generations takes place.The illusory improvisation hides the capability to analize and understand in a
second the right decision to take. The actors have sharp aspects and the dialogues are fast. The film shows how when there is a good idea, the story develops alone without the need for the producers intervention or technical devices.”