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Finch’s Corey Esse is ADFEST 2017 Jury President for Film Craft and New Director Lotus

PATTAYA – ADFEST has announced that Corey Esse of FINCH is joining an elite panel of Jury Presidents at ADFEST 2017. Esse will lead the Film Craft Lotus and New Director Lotus jury.

As Managing Director and Executive Producer at FINCH, Esse is one of the region’s best-known EPs, overseeing FINCH productions in New Zealand and Australia.

“Leading the Film Craft and New Director jury is a big responsibility – especially as ADFEST is turning 20 next year – but it’s a responsibility I’m looking forward to. Some of the most experimental, interesting films are made in Asia, so I think ADFEST 2017 is going to be a good barometer for what lies ahead in our industry,” said Esse.


Esse began his career at Australia’s iconic Publicis Mojo, producing award-winning campaigns for Nike, Greenpeace and Coca Cola as Regional Head of Television.

In 2010, he joined Fallon Minneapolis as Head of Integrated Production and oversaw transmedia projects for blue-chip clients including Cadillac. After three years in the US, Esse returned to Australia as Managing Director and Executive Producer at EXIT Films where he oversaw the globally awarded campaign ‘Remote Control Tourist’ for Tourism Victoria.

“Corey’s collaborations with world-class Creative Directors have been recognised all over the world, winning Lions, Best of Shows and Grand Prix prizes. Most importantly though, Corey is passionate about the craft of filmmaking, and we’re honored he’ll be sharing this passion at ADFEST 2017 as a Jury President,” said Jimmy Lam, President of ADFEST.

Founded in 2011, FINCH is a production company working at the crossroads of storytelling, entertainment and technology. With 30 full-time staff, 18 directors, and hundreds of freelancers each year, FINCH has offices in Auckland, Sydney, and Melbourne.

The company currently holds several patents and actively develops and licenses products, innovations, and inventions that push the boundaries of conventional storytelling.

In 2015, The Gunn Report named FINCH Production Company of the Year, Asia Pacific.

ADFEST 2017 takes place at the Royal Cliff Hotels Group in Pattaya, Thailand from 22nd to 25th March. Tickets are now selling via

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