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It has been 25 years since Saatchi & Saatchi inaugurated the New Directors’ Showcase in 1991, and they are now planning to celebrate the anniversary as one of Cannes Lions’ most anticipated events, as they are looking back at some of the famous directors of the past.
The 25th anniversary event will showcase the result of inviting 25 NDS alumni directors back for an experimental film, set to be premiered in Cannes just prior to 2015’s reel. Building excitement for the event, Saatchi & Saatchi are now revealing the participating directors one by one in an advent calendar style showcase on their website.
“For the past decade I’ve been part of the team of Saatchi & Saatchi’s creative leaders”, said Andy Gulliman, curator of the NDS and Saatchi & Saatchi’s worldwide director of film and content. “This group selects the annual NDS Showreel, and I have curated the Showreel for the past two years. Reflecting upon the wealth of directing talent in an archive that goes back to 1991, it’s an amazing visual library with contributions from directors such as Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Dawn Shadforth, Jake Scott, Daniel Wolfe and Ivan Zacharias, who now are firmly enlisted in the directing hall of fame. Their directorial styles were an influence then, and continue to be an influence now. With the NDS 25 year anniversary, we would like to celebrate the rich archive and say a big thank you to all the directors who helped to make the event a must on the Cannes Lions calendar.”