Saatchi & Saatchi reveals tomorrow’s star directors

Now 22 years old, the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase remains one of the highlights of the Cannes International Festival of creativity, unveiled today. The theme for this year’s presentation is ‘Meet Your Creator.’

To find the featured directors, Saatchi & Saatchi invited submissions from directors across the globe, utilising its network of 140 offices worldwide, as well as online sources. The Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide creative board chose this year’s final selection of 18 directors. Past Showcases have featured internationally acclaimed directors Tarsem, Michel Gondry, Mark Romanek, Spike Jonze, Ivan Zacharias, Kinka Usher, Danny Kleinman and Jonathan Glazer.

The 18 listed directors (or duos) and their films are:
Andrew Thomas Huang – ‘Solipsist’
Brian L. Perkins & Damian Kulash, Jr. – OK Go ‘Needing/Getting’
Daniel Strange – ‘Dogs – Loyalty’
Fleur & Manu – Etienne de Crecy ‘No Brain’
Graydon Sheppard – ‘Shit Girls Say’
James Curran – ‘Tintin’ Titles
James W. Griffiths – ‘Splitscreen: A Love Story’
Jones + Tino – Nike ‘Addiction’
Lars Åndheim & Christoffer Lossius – Lasse Passage ‘Say Say Say’
Mickey Smith – ‘Dark side of the Lens’
Ninian Doff – Fulton Light ‘Staring Out The Window’
Rhys Thomas – ‘British Movie’
Rick Mereki – ‘Move’
Seyi Peter-Thomas – ‘Hard Times’
Skinny – Moonbootica – ‘Iconic’
Stuart Aitken – ‘Dead Island’
Tim Miller – ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Trailer
William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg – ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’

Saatchi Worldwide Creative Director Digital Tom Eslinger says: “The 2012 Showcase shows how diverse media channels are bringing more and more content to the surface, making this a really exciting collection which reflects how we come in contact with ideas and all things visual. The influence of not only rapid-to-create technology, but also rapid-to-distribute channels, is seen in the quality and content, as well as where the work is connecting with people and communities.”

Pablo del Campo. NDS Spokesperson and CEO of Del Campo Saatchi & Saatchi Argentina (pictured) says: “People know that the New Directors’ Showcase is one of Cannes’ most unmissable events. This gives us a great deal of responsibility when it comes to selecting directors. For years this selection process has been even more of a challenge than judging work in advertising festivals, because we’re aware of the transformations it creates in our industry year after year.”

This year the directors selected for the reel will be invited to help judge the winner of the James Brown Music Video Challenge.

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