Contract wins AAAI-Cannes Young Lions Creative Competition 2009

Anshumani Khanna (Copy Writer) and Priya Gurnani (Art Director) of Contract Advertising, Mumbai were adjudged the winners in the national creative initiative taken by the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) and supported by The Times Group.

The Advertising Agencies Association of India is delighted to announce that for the ninth consecutive year the AAAI has been able to encourage young creative talent in the country, through an initiative aimed at nurturing and providing them with an opportunity for international exposure.

Supported by The Times Group, the AAAI organized the national leg of this Competition (AAAI-Cannes Young Lions Creative Competition 2009), and invited entries on the theme Stop Domestic Violence against Women. Report Abuse from AAAI member agencies and all INS accredited advertising agencies.

It is also a matter of pride that the Contract Advertising team which AAAI has selected through this Competition will be the official Indian team to take part in the Young Lions Creative Competition 2009 at Cannes. The winning team will be flying off to the Cannes Advertising Festival in June to compete with other teams from all over the world in the prestigious International Young Lions Creative Competition.

Vinod Nair, AAAI Executive Committee Member and currently in charge of this initiative of the AAAI, was the Convener of this Competition. For the judging process, K V Sridhar, National Creative Director, Leo Burnett and Bobby Pawar, National Creative Director, Mudra Communications were jury members.

The selection was a two-stage process. In the first phase, out of the 212 entries received, the judges shortlisted seven. In the second phase, the shortlisted teams were asked to make a presentation before the jury on the work done by them in the past and the thought process behind the entries submitted by them.

Finally, the team comprising Anshumani Khanna and Priya Gurnani of Contract Advertising, Mumbai was declared the winner which will attend the Cannes International Advertising Festival, with the support of The Times Group. The entry submitted by the winning team is attached.

The Times Group, the Official Festival Representatives of Cannes in India, have also consented to bear all the expenses of the wining teams’ trip to Cannes.

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