It's been a lucky day for the Indian contingent in Cannes. After a slow start over the first two days, India is back in the reckoning with two Gold, two Silver and two Bronze Lions. Since Tuesday evening, the Palais De Festivals was abuzz with speculation that there would be good news for India in Press, which is among the most prestigious categories.
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In the Conqueror Papers campaign, papers were rolled up on board colourfully, that too without any technological help, capturing the various facets of India. This one also won at the Clios this year.
"When hundreds of entries are lying on the floor, waiting to be judged; great work holds it hands up to get the attention. This was one such piece of work," Tutssel says.
This year, the Press Lions saw 4,820 entries, of which 395 were shortlisted. Twelve gold, 21 silver and 39 bronze metals have been awarded in this category.
Tutssel commented that expectations from India are always very high, as it has a history of doing some great work in Press.
The second gold for India came for RMG's Fujifilm campaign. Tutssel says, "It was a visual drama around the product benefit, which invited the reader to participate in a conversation. It was the power of words and pictures coming together."
This year, according to the jury, was a Renaissance for print. "We were looking for work that could not only catch people's imagination, but also inspire the industry."
On Wednesday morning at the press conference, it was announced that the Grand Prix in the Press Lions category was awarded to Ogilvy Mexico for the Scrabble campaign comprising three ads, Abraham, Efren and Otto. However, in a sudden development later in the day, it was announced that the Grand Prix title had been withdrawn, because the agency had entered the same campaign last year.
The 2010 Press Grand Prix has now been awarded to AlmapBBDO São Paulo, Brazil for the Billboard campaign, comprising the ads, Bono, Eminem, Amy, Britney and Marilyn.