GAME-CHANGING INITIATIVE ADCAN AWARDS RETURNS FOR ITS THIRD YEAR
Not-for-profit, creative platform ADCAN (get to know more on their site here) today announces the launch of the 2016 ADCAN Awards. The annual competition, returns for its third year to champion yet more unsigned creative talent, give emerging filmmakers access to industry leaders and provide four charities and social enterprises with original films to help promote their cause. ADCAN is a collective of top film and advertising industry execs and companies, all volunteering their time and expertise to #makegood. It was founded by creative and production veterans, Dan Heighes, Brydon Gerus and Deborah Casswell, who recognised the need to help more emerging talent get their foot in the door and mobilise the film and advertising industry to make a real difference.
“Quite simply, ADCAN is the award scheme for people who want to make a difference to their career and the world at the same time,” says Deborah Casswell, Founding Partner, ADCAN
Their hard work saw the ADCAN team receive a Points of Light Award last year from Prime Minister David Cameron, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a significant change in their community and inspiring others.
ADCAN is a brilliant initiative to help both smaller charities and the next generation of talented filmmakers, says David Cameron
Returning after two successful years, the free-to-enter competition invites unsigned creatives from across the UK to select a brief from one of four charities and create a 30 second film, which helps to spread the charities’ messages in a unique and vibrant way. The shortlisted filmmakers and winners will then be given the opportunity to attend two days of exclusive industry access workshops with ADCAN partners Partizan, Rattling Stick and Nexus, and other industry leaders such as Work, Wave, ARRI Media and The Mill. The competition culminates in an awards ceremony hosted at The Mill – the renowned post-production house in central London, which will also see other leading creatives in attendance to talk about how they #madeit in the industry. Previous speakers include Mark Denton, Nexus directors Smith & Foulkes and Crispin Porter’s CCO Dave Buonaguidi. 2016’s awards return with a diverse slate of causes including; The GirlHood, a social enterprise that supports and encourages young women to succeed in the creative industries; Streetbank, a charity that fosters sharing to create better communities; Nordoff Robbins, the specialist music therapy charity dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults across the UK, and finally CALM, a campaign against living miserably, supported by Topman and UK rapper Professor Green, who is one of many ambassadors.