- Element 79 Lauds Filmmakers Element 79 honored its inner filmmaker at its third annual film festival, held last Friday in Chicago. Agency creative Dave Straus took top prize for his old school Japanimation effort, Futagoyaro (partial disclosure: AdCritic had something to do with this selection as part of the festival jury). The theme of the festival was curiosity and Straus says his entry began with his own—"could I animate a film using iMovie?" —and he created the film using desktop software like Illustrator, Photoshop and iPhoto.
- Dubai to Host Awards Show The organizers of the Cannes Lions and Eurobest awards contests announced a third show, this time in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Dubai Lynx will be held in March 2007 in association with the UAE chapter of the International Advertising Association. Entries from North Africa and the Middle East will be judged over four days, culminating in a ceremony on the March 19. One jury will judge TV/Cinema, Print, Outdoor and Radio while another handles Direct Marketing and Interactive entries. The call for entries will begin in December.
- Tony Davidson Awarded D&AD Presidency Wieden+Kennedy/London executive creative director Tony Davidson was elected D&AD president Thursday in London. Davidson accepts the role nineteen years after his work was first featured in the D&AD Annual. At Wieden+Kennedy, Davidson has won 16 Yellow and two Black Pencils. He's been a member of the D&AD Board of Trustees since 2004. Past appointees in the yearlong presidential role include John Hegarty, Alan Parker, and, most recently, Dick Powell.
The runner-up was Waiting on God, a film about a store-front preacher by Scott Smith and the special prize for "Most Curious" film went to agency head of production John Noble for Interpretation, which also called on the vocal skills of agency staffers who contributed to a unique rendition of rock classic Smoke on the Water. The audience choice prize went to Jim Paul and Max Stinson's Sesame Streets, which brought the muppets to the mean streets.
The Chicago ad scene turned out en masse to watch the 41 entries in the festival, launched by the agency to encourage creativity beyond the spot and fluency in video/filmmaking language and technique.