The selection selected by a team led by Leo Burnett Worldwide Chief Creative Officer Mark Tutssel includes 20 campaigns from 16 agencies around the world
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | June 15, 2015
Leo Burnett has revealed theÂ 2015 Cannes Predictions reel. Leo Burnett Cannes Predictions is the advertising industryâs lead predictor of the most promising advertising contenders for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. This year marks the 28th anniversary of the effort, first begun in 1987 by Donald Gunn as an agency-wide contest to bring the experience from the south of France to Burnett employees around the globe.
The official selections, selected by a team led by Leo Burnett Worldwide Chief Creative Officer Mark Tutssel, include 20 campaigns from 16 agencies around the world that are likely to medal at this yearâs Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
The work on this yearâs list of Cannes Predictions confronts consumer behaviors head-on, merging messages of real social impact with brand communications, pushing the field in unprecedented directions.
Hereâs what you can expect to see in the south of France this year:
Brands are making the world a safer place.
This year, the Festival expands its Lions Innovation module, a two-day breakout to explore the connection between âtechnology, data and ideas,â a growing and fertile territory for marketers. More than ever, brands are seizing the opportunity to couple creativity and cutting-edge tech to serve a higher human purpose, and this year thatâs manifested in efforts that make the world a safer place.
Samsung is always looking to enrich people's lives through innovative technologies. With âSafety Truck,â they went even further. A wireless camera built into the front of the truck transmits a view of the road to a video wall of four monitors at the rear of the vehicle, helping drivers behind the truck see what hazards may lay ahead. This highly innovative idea is a game changer: creativity coupled with technological ingenuity that will change the way people drive, making highways safer and ultimately saving lives.
The Hammerhead, a product developed by R/GA New York, tackles a different type of road safety. This intelligent navigational device fits onto handlebars and provides guidance that lets bicyclists keep their attention on the road.
In Australia, telecom company Optus designed nautical buoys that use sonar signals to protect the shores from life-threatening sharks without endangering them.
Screens on steroids.
The proliferation of screens in our daily environment has not only demanded more content from marketers, but itâs also challenged them to develop inventive new ways to connect with audiences. Some of our favorite work this year incorporates levels of interactivity that signal the screens of the future might be more two-way than one.
"The Other Sideâ for the Honda Civic Type R transformed the passive activity of watching a YouTube video into a brilliantly simple but deeply engaging experience. Viewers discover while watching the interactive film that pressing the âRâ key reveals a hidden narrative beneath the surface. Executed with utter precision, this campaign from Wieden + Kennedy London deftly conveys the dual personalities of the car.
For its âRiseâ activation, Nike transformed a basketball court in China into an LED interactive experience that guided players through drills that helped them learn Kobe Bryantâs game. The âHouse of Mambaâ incorporated artificial intelligence and reactive sensors, enabling the court to transform into various training scenarios that left even Kobe dazzled.
Superhumans made human.
Hot on the heels of Messi and Kobe being crowned YouTube champions of the last decade, expect to see even more sporting legends playing hard to win in the South of France.
Athletes have long been called in as âhired guns,â but thereâs something much richer happening beneath the surface this year. Sportsmen are portrayed not as untouchable superstars, but rather human beings with the same feelings, fears and motivations as the rest of us.
âThe Game Before The Gameâ for Beats by Dre opens on Brazilian soccer captain Neymar as he listens to the motivational words of his father before stepping onto the world stage. Heâs nervous, and he even questions himself before the big match, but this revealing moment of vulnerability makes him even more authentic and relatable.
The U.N. World Food Programmeâs â805 Million Namesâ leveraged the fame of soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a way that put the strikerâs warmth and compassion on full display. After scoring a goal in a highly publicized game, he stripped off his shirt to reveal beautifully tattooed names of some of the millions of children who are dying from hunger each and every day. Using his body as a creative canvas was a bold and personal gesture that resulted in astounding earned media coverage.
âReestablished: Lebron James,â also for Beats by Dre, follows King James as he returns to where it all began. His journey home to Cleveland is presented as a humble and deeply human story.
And even Derek Jeter becomes approachable in âMade In New Yorkâ for Gatorade. The touching farewell strikes a visceral chord as it celebrates the deep-rooted, emotional, and human connection that the Yankee captain developed with his New York City fans. Stories, not storytelling.
This year we saw a raft of fascinating stories, beautifully told. Stories that intrigue, captivate and charm are also the stories that people love, tell and share. For as much as we talk about telling, itâs easy to forget that what matters is whatâs being told.
Last Christmas the British public was charmed by âMonty the Penguin,â an emotional story of love and magic told through a childâs eyes. This beautiful film for John Lewis captured the imagination of the nation, and the integration of the idea is a best-in-class study in amplification and activation.
â100â for Leica is a stunning tribute to photography, and the pivotal role that the iconic camera has played throughout its 100 years. This beautifully filmed and compelling narrative rewards multiple viewings.
The craft behind Duâs âTwo For One Ticketsâ campaign from Dubai has been the talk of the production world all year. Channeling directorial greats like Stone, Scott and Tarantino, the series offers a master class in the art of filmmaking. After capturing a Black Pencil for Direction at D&AD, âToo Insulting,â âToo Distressingâ and âToo Informativeâ promise a strong showing the Film Craft category.
Another change coming to Cannes this year is the introduction of the Glass Lion, an acknowledgement of the power that marketing has to positively shape culture, and an honor intended to recognize âwork that implicitly or explicitly addresses issues of gender inequality or prejudice.â
One idea has rewritten the rules in 2015. Always ignited a cultural movement and showed that doing somethingÂ #LikeAGirlÂ isn't an insult. It has captured the attention of the world and is one of the most talked about and celebrated ideas in our industry. It is a powerful idea that strives to boost self-confidence in girls by challenging gender bias and shattering stereotypical images of women everywhere.
Jurors will have some compelling contenders to consider: Under Armour enlisted supermodel Gisele Bundchen to help bring to life its powerful âI Will What I Wantâ campaign. The film depicts Bundchen immersed in a workout, while real-time social media commentary from supporters and detractors is projected on the walls of the room. She remains focused, willing what she wants amongst the noise of contradicting opinions.
Lightning in a bottle bucket.
Finally, in the summer of 2014, a small online social behavior became a global phenomenon. The simple act of pouring a bucket of ice water one oneâs head â and challenging friends and family to do the same â grew into one of the biggest movements the internet has ever seen.
The ALS âIce Bucket Challengeâ had no media budget, but the sheer power of the idea compelled the creation of more than 17 million videos that were viewed more than 70 billion times. More people participated than the Super Bowl and Oscars combined, and the effort raised a staggering $220 million for ALS research.
Each year, thereâs work that makes its debut in the Palais, which is what makes Cannes the most exciting festival of creativity in the world. And whether âIce Bucket Challengeâ is officially in the running or not, weâd be delighted if this mighty idea collects a Grand Prix for Good.
â˘ Beats by Dre, âThe Game Before the Gameâ / âLebron James in Re:Established 2014â R/GA (London / Los Angeles, UK & USA) â˘ United Nations World Food Programme, â805 Million Namesâ Forsman & Bodenfors (Stockholm, Sweden) â˘ Leica Cameras, â100â F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi (Sao Paulo, Brasil) â˘ Ikea âExperience The Power of A BookBookâ BBH Asia Pacific (Singapore, Singapore) â˘ Procter & Gamble â Always â#LikeAGirlâ Leo Burnett (Toronto / Chicago / London, Canada, USA & UK) â˘ Under Armour âI Will What I Want â Gisele Bundchenâ Droga5 (New York City, USA) â˘ ZDK â Center for Democratic Culture âNazis Against Nazis â Germanyâs Most Involuntary Charity Walkâ GGH Lowe, Grabarz & Partner (Hamburg, Germany) â˘ John Lewis âMonty The Penguinâ Adam&EveDDB (London, UK) â˘ Optus âClever Buoyâ M&C Saatchi (Sydney, Australia) â˘ du â Tuesday Movie Promotion âToo Insultingâ / âToo Distressingâ / âToo Informativeâ Leo Burnett (Dubai, UAE) â˘ OK Go + Honda Uni-Cub âI Wonât Let You Downâ Mori / Drill / Dentsu / MoriMori / Kaibutsu / Birdman / Kirifuda / Creative Power Unit (Tokyo, Japan) â˘ Honda â Civic Type-R âThe Other Sideâ Wieden + Kennedy (London, UK) â˘ Smart âThe Dancing Traffic Lightâ BBDO (Berlin, Germany) â˘ Hammerhead âHammerheadâ R/GA (New York City, USA) â˘ Samsung âThe Safety Truckâ Leo Burnett (Buenos Aires, Argentina) â˘ GEICO âUnskippable: Family / Elevator / High Fiveâ The Martin Agency (Richmond, USA) â˘ Nike â Basketball âHouse of Mambaâ AKQA (Shanghai / London, China & UK) â˘ Guinness â Africa âMade Of Blackâ AMV BBDO (London, UK) â˘ Gatorade âMade In New Yorkâ TBWAChiatDay (Los Angeles, USA) â˘ Ubisoft â Assassinâs Creed: Unity âUnityâ Sid Lee (Paris, France)