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Adfest 2023 wraps up the festival by celebrating more Lotus Awards winners that raise the bar for creativity

PATTAYA, THAILAND — The culmination of the final day at ADFEST 2023 on Saturday, March 25, saw the second of two presentations of Lotus Awards to the elected winners in eight categories, including Outdoor, Press, Radio & Audio, Film, Effective, Entertainment, INNOVA Lotus, and Lotus Roots.

The Grande for Humanity and Special Awards were also announced to a packed hall. The awards were presented at PEACH, Royal Cliff Hotels Group in Pattaya, Thailand.

A total of 1,699 entries were received for the Lotus Awards and 63 jury members from 19 cities were organized into seven groups, chaired by Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer for Impact BBDO Group MENAP from Dubai to decide the winners to be announced.

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Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer for Impact BBDO Group MENAP and Grand Jury President summed up, “As expected, the ideas were of a very high standard, and the jury did not have an easy time selecting the winners. ADFEST continues to bring out the best in Asia Pacific and going through the work, we found world-class examples of highly strategic thinking, exquisite craft, and a remarkable level of cultural relevance leading to high scores on engagement.”

JURY INSIGHTS: OUTDOOR / PRESS / RADIO & AUDIO / FILM
Rahul Mathew, Chief Creative Officer for DDB Mudra Group, Mumbai was Jury President for Film, Outdoor, Press, and Radio & Audio Lotus. He described his jury group’s experience judging these awards, saying “We had some strong work that brought forth strong cultural contexts and insights. As a jury group, we really had to lean into our diversity to enjoy the beauty of the work. We all felt that we learned something about each other’s cultures throughout the judging process.”

“The entries that rose to the very top were those that weren’t just culturally rich, but were also brave, either in their execution or in the actual idea itself.”

OUTDOOR LOTUS
There were 104 entries sent in for the Outdoor Lotus Awards and the jury gave out one Silver and five Bronze awards.

The Silver went to Wunderman Thompson Thailand, Bangkok for Netflix THThe Eyeballs Heist”.

Rahul Mathew, Chief Creative Officer for DDB Mudra Group, Mumbai, and Jury President for Outdoor Lotus expanded, “Nothing in Outdoor today resembles anything we saw in the category from even five or six years ago. The need [for audiences] to share and engage with work was very high. We gave the silver [for “The Eyeballs Heist”] as the idea of robbing billboards of other brands to promote Netflix was so outrageous!”

PRESS LOTUS
There were 45 entries recorded for the Press Lotus Awards.

Two Bronze Awards were given out and the Grande was won by Impact BBDO Dubai, from Dubai for Annahar Newspaper “The Elections Edition”.

Rahul Mathew, Chief Creative Officer for DDB Mudra Group, Mumbai, and Jury President for Press Lotus summed up the judging for the category.

“Press Lotus was a little disappointing as there is an obvious struggle to make it more relevant and interesting. This was quite clear from the judging as it was the most disparate awarding that we did, giving two Bronze and a Grande but nothing in the middle. The results show there is gap between where we are and where we should be. The work that won the Grande [Annahar Newspaper] was no surprise at all. It just quietly walked in, owned the Grande, and walked out [of the jury room].”

RADIO & AUDIO LOTUS
This year, there were 31 entries for the Radio & Audio Lotus Awards. There were 3 winners of Silver awards and 3 Bronzes were also announced.

Rahul Mathew, Chief Creative Officer for DDB Mudra Group, Mumbai, and Jury President for Radio & Audio Lotus gave his view of the judging:

“There were not enough entries for the category, but we saw a push to bring more evolution, especially for radio. We heard so much more audio than radio, as well as work using voice in different ways. We had podcasts, which were recruitment campaigns, and we had chatbots that could rap. However, there was a disparity between the evolutionary development and the craft element for the category so we did not give a Gold.”

FILM LOTUS
One of the larger categories at ADFEST 2023 was Film Lotus where there was a total of 189 entries. The jury awarded 7 Bronze, 2 Silver and 2 Gold awards.

The two Gold awards were both won by and presented to Ogilvy Group Thailand, Bangkok:

▪ Ogilvy Group Thailand, Bangkok for VoizThe Eyes / Left & Right / The Battle / Contact Lens”

Rahul Mathew, Chief Creative Officer for DDB Mudra Group, Mumbai and Jury President for Film Lotus explained, “This region really knows how to use film to entertain and not just to have a heavy conversation. We did a lot of laughing when judging Film! Both Golds are engaging and the Voiz ad campaign is incredibly funny. It has great humor, great timing, great craft and casting, and just the fact that they are doing it again and again with such consistency stood out.”

JURY: EFFECTIVE / ENTERTAINMENT / INNOVA / LOTUS ROOTS
Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer for Impact BBDO Group MENAP was Jury President for Effective, Entertainment, Innova, and Lotus Roots.

He summarised, “The ideas that we saw in these different categories and that stood out are world-class ideas. ADFEST is one of the best shows in the world. It’s a regional show, but the work that comes out of here is as good as anywhere in the world.”

EFFECTIVE LOTUS
There were 27 entries to the Effective Lotus awards at ADFEST 2023. The jury for this category awarded one Bronze, two Silvers, and two Golds.

The Gold awards were presented to:
▪ MullenLowe Singapore, Singapore for ISEELeave with Pride
BBDO India PVT Ltd., Mumbai for ArielSee Equal #sharetheload

Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer for Impact BBDO Group MENAP was Jury President for Effective Lotus. He explained, “The Effectiveness category features campaigns that range from short-term goal achievement to long-term brand building success. Consistency, partnership and bravery from the brand were key elements to note in this category, with of course, campaign success being a vital part of the awarding decision.”

ENTERTAINMENT LOTUS
88 entries were received for the Entertainment Lotus award. Out of these, the jury awarded 10 Bronze, three Silver, and one Gold metal awards.

The Grande was won by Leo Burnett Australia, Sydney for Bundaberg Rum “Bundy Mixer

The Gold award was presented to TBWA\Hakuhodo Inc., Tokyo for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.Propilot Mop

Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer for Impact BBDO Group MENAP was Jury President for Entertainment Lotus. He summarised, “Entertainment was, well, highly entertaining. From short-form online content all the way to mega sports event activations, the work in this category was on a broad spectrum. The jury resonated towards campaigns that demonstrated innovative thinking on how to disrupt and capture the audience’s attention in a highly cluttered world, and to actively engage with its target.”

JURY FOR INNOVA LOTUS / LOTUS ROOTS
Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer for Impact BBDO Group MENAP was Grand Jury President for INNOVA Lotus and Lotus Roots. The jury comprised of all the Jury Presidents at ADFEST, including:

▪ Alice Chou (Chief Creative Officer, Dentsu Creative Taiwan, Taipei)
▪ Valerie Madon (Director of Creative Shop for Southeast Asia and Emerging Markets, Meta, Singapore)
▪ Kazoo Sato (Chief Creative Sustainability Officer, TBWA\Hakuhodo and TBWA\Asia, Tokyo)
▪ Dan Wright (Chief Creative Officer, Deloitte Digital Sydney & New Zealand, Auckland)
▪ Laura Geagea (Regional Managing Director, Sweetshop China, Asia & MENA, Shanghai and Bangkok)
▪ Rahul Mathew (Chief Creative Officer, DDB. Mudra Group, Mumbai)

This jury also selected the winning work for Lotus Grande for Humanity.

INNOVA LOTUS
There were 36 entries for INNOVA Lotus. The jury awarded 4 Innova Lotus in different sub-categories, which were presented to:

▪ Dentsu Inc., Tokyo for Toyota Mobility Foundation “Voice Watch”
▪ Serviceplan Korea, Seoul / Serviceplan Germany, Munich for DOTDot Pad. The First Smart Tactile Graphics Display
TBWA Sydney, Sydney for Consent LabsClassify Consent
▪ VMLY&R, Mumbai for Maxx FlashThe Killer Pack

There was no Grande awarded for INNOVA Lotus.

Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer for Impact BBDO Group MENAP and Jury President for INNOVA Lotus summarised the jury’s experience, “INNOVA was a joy to judge; so many wonderful presentations on creativity seeking to solve problems ranging from brand launches to protecting the planet. The ultimate winners of course were the most innovative strategies that not only demonstrated a novel approach in resolving a clearly defined key issue, but those that did it in a scalable, memorable and highly functional manner.”

LOTUS ROOTS
The Grand Jury President and group of Jury Presidents also presided over the Lotus Roots award. This year, they voted for 3 Lotus Roots and 1 Grande.

The Lotus Roots Grande went to Impact BBDO Dubai, Dubai for Annahar NewspaperThe Elections Edition”.

Lotus Roots awards were presented to:
▪ TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Shanghai / Media Arts Lab Shanghai for AppleThe Comeback – Shot on iPhone
▪ TBWA\Juice China, Beijing / TBWA\China, Shanghai for BMW “BMW: Nothing But Sheer Joy”
▪ Dentsu Tokyo Inc., / Material, Tokyo for Zone Energy “Invisible Zone”

Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer for Impact BBDO Group MENAP and Jury President for Lotus Roots said, “Lotus Roots is I feel, the category that stands out most of all at ADFEST. It champions work that builds on cultural aspects of the place where it emanates from. Asia Pacific is a treasure-trove of beautiful cultures, all distinctive and remarkable. The jury sought out campaigns that connected closest to local culture, deriving a powerful insight from it, and converting it into a powerful campaign.”

Here’s the complete list of winners awarded during the second Lotus Awards presentation:

EFFECTIVE LOTUS 

Campaign Success 

  • SILVER – “LEAVE WITH PRIDE” for ISEE by MULLENLOWE SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
  • SILVER – “SEE EQUAL #SHARETHELOAD” for ARIEL by BBDO INDIA, MUMBAI
  • BRONZE – “KNOCK KNOCK” for A SILENT EMERGENCY CALL by CHEIL WORLDWIDE, SEOUL

Small Budget 

  • GOLD – “LEAVE WITH PRIDE” for ISEE by MULLENLOWE SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE

Long-Term Creativity

  • GOLD – “SEE EQUAL #SHARETHELOAD” for ARIEL by BBDO INDIA, MUMBAI

 

ENTERTAINMENT LOTUS 

Fiction & Non-Fiction Film: Up to 5 minutes

  • SILVER – “THE TRUTH” for CAR HERO by AUDACITY, BANGKOK
  • SILVER – “UNIF FRESH+ EP. 67” for UNIF FRESH+ by CREATIVE JUICE\G1, BANGKOK

Fiction & Non-Fiction Film: 5 – 30 minutes

  • BRONZE – “THE COMEBACK – SHOT ON IPHONE” for APPLE by TBWA\MEDIA ARTS LAB, SHANGHAI
  • BRONZE – “THE MOVIES THAT MADE (FROM) US” for FIVE STAR by BBDO BANGKOK , BANGKOK

Experiential 

  • GOLD – “PROPILOT MOP” for NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. by TBWA\HAKUHODO INC., TOKYO

Digital, Social & Emerging Technology

  • BRONZE – “ANTI-HATE KEYBOARD” for ESPORTS NEWS CHANNEL by INNOCEAN INDONESIA, JAKARTA
  • BRONZE – “PROPILOT MOP” for NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. by TBWA\HAKUHODO INC., TOKYO

User-Generated Content

  • SILVER – “THE MOVIES THAT MADE (FROM) US” for FIVE STAR by BBDO BANGKOK, BANGKOK

Brand Integration & Sponsorships/Partnerships

  • BRONZE – “PROJECT RE-DEW” for MOUNTAIN DEW by BBDO GUERRERO, MANILA

Talent/Celebrity

  • BRONZE – “#BRINGBACK2011” for OREO INDIA by LEO BURNETT INDIA, MUMBAI
  • BRONZE – “SING IT RIGHT WITH SPOTIFY LYRICS” for SPOTIFY by JUICE., SINGAPORE

Games

  • SILVER – “AMAZING THAILAND. CULTURE TO COMMERCE” for TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND by OGILVY GROUP THAILAND, BANGKOK
  • BRONZE – “QUEST FOR DYSLEXIA” for SAMSUNG by CHEIL HONG KONG, HONG KONG/ CHEIL PENGTAI BEIJING, BEIJING

Sports & Esports

  • GRANDE – “BUNDY MIXER” for BUNDABERG RUM by LEO BURNETT AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY
  • BRONZE – “VOICE WATCH for TOYOTA MOBILITY FOUNDATION by DENTSU INC., TOKYO

 

FILM LOTUS 

Food and Beverages

  • GOLD – THE EYES / LEFT AND RIGHT / THE BATTLE / CONTACT LENS  for VOIZ WAFER SALTED CARAMEL by OGILVY GROUP THAILAND, BANGKOK

Retail

  • BRONZE – INDIAN STRETCHABLE TIME for ZEPTO by LAW & KENNETH SAATCHI & SAATCHI, MUMBAI

Media and Entertainment

  • SILVER – WRONG RIDE for TVNZ by DENTSU CREATIVE, SYDNEY

Online Film: Food & Beverages

  • GOLD – THE EYES / LEFT AND RIGHT / THE BATTLE / CONTACT LENS  for VOIZ WAFER SALTED CARAMEL by OGILVY GROUP THAILAND, BANGKOK
  • BRONZE – ADULTS KNOW HOW TO ENJOY THE BITTERSWEET for LIQUOR-FILLED CHOCOLATES FOR ADULTS. By TOKYU AGENCY INC, TOKYO

Online Film: Retail

  • BRONZE –INDIAN STRETCHABLE TIME for ZEPTO by LAW & KENNETH SAATCHI & SAATCHI, MUMBAI
  • BRONZE – CAMPING for SIAM DISCOVERY by SIAM PIWAT COMPANY LIMITED, BANGKOK
  • BRONZE –THE MOVIES THAT MADE (FROM) US for FIVE STAR by BBDO BANGKOK LIMITED, BANGKOK

Online Film: Media and Entertainment

  • SILVER – WRONG RIDE for TVNZ by DENTSU CREATIVE, SYDNEY

Online Film: Finance and Real Estate

  • BRONZE – IN LOVE WE TRUST 2 for SINYI REALTY by DENTSU CREATIVE TAIWAN, TAIPEI

Viral Film 

  • BRONZE – THE INNOCENT EYES for VOIZ by OGILVY GROUP THAILAND, BANGKOK

 

INNOVA LOTUS

Innovation in Technology

  • INNOVA LOTUS – “VOICE WATCH” for TOYOTA MOBILITY FOUNDATION by DENTSU INC., TOKYO

Innovation in Prototype Technology

  • INNOVA LOTUS – “DOT PAD. THE FIRST SMART TACTILE GRAPHICS DISPLAY.” for DOT by SERVICEPLAN KOREA, SEOUL

Innovation for Humanity

  • INNOVA LOTUS – “CLASSIFY CONSENT” for CONSENT LABS by TBWA\SYDNEY, SYDNEY

Innovation in Local Culture Application

  • INNOVA LOTUS – “THE KILLER PACK” for MAXX FLASH by VMLY&R, MUMBAI

 

LOTUS ROOTS

  • GRANDE – “THE ELECTIONS EDITION” for ANNAHAR NEWSPAPER by IMPACT BBDO DUBAI, DUBAI
  • LOTUS ROOTS – “THE COMEBACK – SHOT ON IPHONE” for APPLE by MEDIA ARTS LAB, SHANGHAI
  • LOTUS ROOTS – “BMW: NOTHING BUT SHEER JOY” for BMW by TBWA\CHINA, SHANGHAI
  • LOTUS ROOTS – “INVISIBLE ZONE for ZONE ENERGY” by DENTSU INC., TOKYO

 

OUTDOOR LOTUS

Traditional Billboards 

  • SILVER – “THE EYEBALLS HEIST” for NETFLIX TH by WUNDERMAN THOMPSON THAILAND, BANGKOK

Digital Billboards

  • BRONZE – “INVISIBLE ZONE” for ZONE ENERGY by DENTSU INC., TOKYO

Ambient: Special Build 

  • BRONZE – “THE MODEL CITY 1:1 SCALE” for SHIZUOKA CITY by DEA INC., TOKYO

Events, Guerrilla Marketing, & Stunts

  • BRONZE – “THE EYEBALLS HEIST” for NETFLIX TH by WUNDERMAN THOMPSON THAILAND, BANGKOK
  • BRONZE – “MCDONALD’S CARABAO-THRU” for MCDONALD’S RIDE THRU by TBWA\SANTIAGO MANGADA PUNO, MANILA

Innovative Use of Outdoor

  • BRONZE – “THE EYEBALLS HEIST” for NETFLIX TH by WUNDERMAN THOMPSON THAILAND, BANGKOK

 

PRESS LOTUS 

Durable Consumer Goods

  • BRONZE – “MORE SPACE CAMPAIGN” for IKEA by OGILVY GROUP THAILAND, BANGKOK

Books & Publications 

  • BRONZE – “A SILENT FROWN” for CHARLIE CHAPLIN FOUNDATION by DDB MUDRA GROUP, MUMBAI

Innovative Use of Print

  • GRANDE – “THE ELECTIONS EDITION” for ANNAHAR NEWSPAPER by IMPACT BBDO DUBAI, DUBAI

 

RADIO & AUDIO LOTUS 

Use of Audio or Voice Technology

  • BRONZE – “DO-DO-DO JUMP” for SHUEISHA INC. by DENTSU INC., TOKYO
  • BRONZE – “BOTHARD” for MTV INDIA by DDB MUDRA GROUP, MUMBAI

Branded Content/Podcasts

  • SILVER – “CRIME INTERRUPTED” for AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE by HOST/HAVAS, SYDNEY

Use of Music

  • SILVER – “JOURNA-RHYTHM” for JOURNA-RHYTHM by TBWA\HAKUHODO INC., TOKYO

Sound Design

  • SILVER – “SIDE BY SIDE.” for WEST AUSTRALIAN BALLET by WUNDERMAN THOMPSON, PERTH

Script

  • BRONZE – “SCROLL, SCROLL, SCROLL, TAP, TAP, TAP for AMILI by WUNDERMAN THOMPSON SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE

 

YOUNG LOTUS

  • WINNER – “ITS TIME FOR A FACE COOL OFF” by SAFFANAT HUSAIN/KISHWAR KANIZ KISHWAR KANIZ of ASIATIC MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED, DHAKA

 

GRANDE FOR HUMANITY

  • GRANDE FOR HUMANITY – “KNOCK KNOCK” for A SILENT EMERGENCY CALL by CHEIL WORLDWIDE, SEOUL

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

  • Production Company of The Year: RUMBLE STUDIOS, SYDNEY
  • Media Agency of The Year: WAVEMAKER THAILAND, BANGKOK
  • PR Agency of The Year: RED HAVAS MIDDLE EAST, DUBAI
  • Digital Agency of The Year: CHEIL WORLDWIDE, SEOUL & MULLENLOWE SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
  • Independent Agency of The Year: SERVICEPLAN KOREA, SEOUL
  • Advertiser of The Year: ANNAHAR NEWSPAPER
  • Agency of The Year: DENTSU INC., TOKYO
  • Network of The Year: DENTSU
    • DENTSU INC., TOKYO
    • DENTSU CREATIVE, SYDNEY 
    • DENTSU CREATIVE TAIWAN, TAIPEI 
    • DENTSU EAST JAPAN INC., TOKYO
    • DENTSU INC., OSAKA
    • DENTSU CREATIVE, NORTH, HARYANA DENTSU, AUCKLAND

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