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Cannes Festival of Creativity - our favourites

19th August, 2021

Cannes Lions 2021 Online

“When constraints are put around great creative people, they find a way of smashing them.”

Richard Brim, Film Jury President, Chief Creative Officer | ADAM&EVEDDB

Some of our key take-outs from Cannes Lions:

The omni-presence of brand purpose and brand activism across all award categories:

Key topics of diversity and inclusivity (e.g. Starbucks, Mastercard)

Real action often leading to policy change or supporting people to overcome challenges of law (e.g. Telenor Pakistan, Enfant Bleu)

The rise of augmented connectivity, and how gaming delivers new experiences to enable meaningful connections:

Gaming stronger than ever: used beyond children, at the service of a bigger idea (e.g. Tinder Night, Enfant Bleu)

At the heart of all winners, a strong and powerful insight:

Getting under the skin of what people experience and their emotional journey (e.g. Sick Beats)

A simple, pragmatic and human approach to creativity (e.g. Shutter Ads)

We used 4 lenses, key to our own work, to pick our favourites:


The big winner this year...

Wombstories by Libresse - winning 4 Grand Prix Awards

Wombstories stars

What we particularly loved about it:

The resonance and power of their insight, the authenticity of their campaign, the artistic way of bringing it to life and the impact of their purpose.

Wombstories stars

What we particularly loved about it:

Their deep understanding of the challenges that transgender people face when changing their name and their active role in helping them, as well as the consistency of their purpose mission.

Enfant Bleu
Enfant Bleu stars

What we particularly loved about it:

The clever way of leveraging gaming to reach their target in a safe environment
and their impact of governmental action, despite being the gold winner of the Entertainment category!

Sick beats
Sick ceats stars

What we particularly loved about it:

The winner of the Pharma Lions demonstrated their deep understanding of people emotional needs despite operating in a very functional category, and the power that insights have on transforming products. We love the way they leveraged technology to surprise and delight the customer experience.

Swip Night
Swip night stars

What we particularly loved about it:

How gaming can amplify the experience at the service of a bigger idea, to build meaningful connections in a virtual world.

Contract for change In Bev
In Bev stars

What we particularly loved about it:

The engagement on the long term to serve the interests of farmers, the planet and the brand. The end to end understanding of the whole producer and manufacturer chain.

Shutter ads
Heineken stars

What we particularly loved about it:

How simplicity and pragmatism can unlock creativity and challenge existing ways of advertising. How advertising found a renewed relevance and purpose to support local communities and protect future business.

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