New York Festivals

New York Festivals' International Advertising Awards has announced its grand jury, representing 300 of the most respected and innovative minds in advertising and marketing from 50 countries worldwide ensuring diversity and unequalled fairness, according to the organisers. South Africa has seven representatives.

The jury comprises chief creative officers, executive creative directors, creative directors, art directors, writers, directors, producers, and marketing and PR professionals, and plays a pivotal role in selecting the world's best advertising.

The South African grand jury members are:

  • Clinton Bridgeford, Y&R Cape Town, executive creative director
  • Grant DeSouza, Blue Panther Films, film director
  • Darren Kilfoil, The Jupiter Drawing Room, copywriter
  • Gareth Lessing, DDB, executive creative director
  • Vuyani Plata, The Jupiter Drawing Room, creative group head
  • Jeana Theron, Bouffant, film director
  • Liam Wielopolski, Y&R South Africa, executive creative director

Using what is claimed to be NYF's unique online judging platform, the grand jury will determine the entries that receive Finalists status and move on to the medallist round. Trophy winners will be selected by the live executive jury in New York from 1 to 4 May.

"We're honoured to have these prominent creative people participate on the 2011 Grand Jury,” said Michael Demetriades, executive director of the awards. “All were selected by their peers, the judges from last year's panel. Their stellar reputations in the advertising industry and award-wining creative talent ensure that all the entries are given the utmost professional consideration,"

To view the complete list of the 2011 International Advertising Awards grand jury including photos click here.

The 2011 executive jury, consisting of 36 chief creative officers, will convene from 1 to 5 May in New York to select trophy winners from the shortlisted entries selected by the grand jury. Donald Gunn, founder of The Gunn Report, will moderate the executive jury.

The 2011 NYF International Advertising Awards will take place on 4 and 5 May at the Skylight West in New York. It will feature keynote speakers, including one by Keith Reinhard, chair emeritus of Omnicom, as well as creative panel discussions, screenings, and gallery exhibits as well as the presentation of the NYF Lifetime Achievement Award to Keith Reinhard and a Living Legend Award to Bob Giraldi, film director and Bob Carr, film editor.

The NYF International Advertising Awards competition receives entries from 70 countries and recognises work in all media in the following competitions: art/technique and technology, avant-garde, collateral, design, digital and interactive, Hispanic USA advertising, marketing effectiveness, mixed media, outdoor, print, public relations/brand communications, public service announcements, radio, student, and television/cinema.

All NYF winning work will be featured at www.newyorkfestivals.com and promoted by their network of representatives in 75 countries. For more information or to order tickets click here.