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Last call for Mad Stars’ New Stars and Young Stars 2023 competitions close on June 07

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA – MAD STARS is issuing its last call for entries for both its NEW STARS (creative program for junior advertising professionals) and its YOUNG STARS (creative program for university students) competitions.

MAD STARS is the renowned Marketing, Advertising and Digital content global festival that take places every summer since 2008 and combines creativity with cutting-edge technology.

From August 23 to 25, MAD STARS (previously called AD STARS) will hold its annual festival in the city of Busan in the Republic Korea and will include a high-level programming of engaging talks, workshops, and networking opportunities with some of the best advertising talent from around the world. The program also includes advertising awards showcasing exceptional ideas and providing insights into the latest trends and emerging technologies that will shape the future of marketing.


Reserved for marketing, advertising and PR professionals with less than five years of experience in their career, the NEW STARS program aims to offer a level playing field for the future stars of the industry. The creative competition is to be judged by esteemed creative leaders, such as Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer at IMPACT BBDO.

Designed for advertising students, the YOUNG STARS strives to give opportunities to school goers to shine and break into the industry. Winners of the creative competition can earn internships with some of the top advertising agencies in the world, such as Cheil, Havas, or Serviceplan.

Both the NEW STARS and the YOUNG STARS programs welcome teams of up to two applicants. Teams that will get selected will embark on an unforgettable journey filled with learning, growth, and unparalleled experiences. The final deadline to enter and submit an application expires on June 07, 2023.

NEW STARS and YOUNG STARS will take place in Busan for four days from August 22 to 25. Participants will have to come up with ideas after being provided with a topic. Submissions will be judged by a group of esteemed judges from all over the world.

The MAD STARS festival will take place from the August 23 to 25, 2023 in Busan (Republic of Korea).

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The current list of NEW STARS Juries are as follows:



Job Title

Jesse Wong


Global Creative Director

Kazuhide Adachi


Creative Director

Mariana Reis

AKQA Portland

Senior Creative Art Director

Alfred Wee

McCann Worldgroup

Executive Creative Director

Becky McOwen-Banks

Magnit (Currently leading Creative X at Meta)

Director & Creative Global – Creative X

Ali Rez


Chief Creative Officer

The current list of YOUNG STARS Juries are as follows:



Job Title

Juan Pablo Valencia

TBWA Central Asia & Caucasus

Creative Director

Chermine Assadian

Wunderman Thompson

Global Creative Lead

Wataru Yamamoto


Creative Director

Sangkwon Park

Dob Studio

Creative Director

James Keng Lim

GCI Health

Director of Creative Strategy

Sehee Kim


Creative Director

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