Spike Asia 2013: 4,900 entries from 20 countries

Advertising, Festivals, Spikes Asia

Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity, Asia Pacific’s premier awards and festival for the creative communications industry, has this year received a total of 4,832 entries from 20 countries.

Entries have been submitted into 16 different awards categories: Film (373), Print (565), Outdoor (762), Radio (154), Media 447), Direct (342), Promo & Activation (385), Digital (273), Print & Poster Craft (368), Film Craft (331), Design (263), PR (195), Mobile (124), Integrated (58), Branded Content & Entertainment (161), and Creative Effectiveness (31).

Australia has submitted the most entries with 710, followed by China with 679, Japan with 622, Singapore with 520, India with 509 and Hong Kong with 307 entries.

The 78 industry practitioners from APAC and beyond that make up the ten juries will shortly arrive in Singapore to cast their votes and decide on who will take home the coveted Spikes awards. Leading the juries are a very talented and much admired pool of people: Tham Khai Meng, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather and Chairman of Ogily’s Worldwide Creative Council (Film, Print, Outdoor and Radio plus Integrated); Jose Miguel Sokoloff, Chairman of Lowe SSP3 and President Creative Council of Lowe Worldwide (Direct and Promo & Activation); Masaru Kitakaze, Executive Creative Director and Corporate Officer of Hakuhodo (Digital and Mobile);  Mike Cooper, Worldwide CEO of PHD (Media); Derek Lockwood, Worldwide Director of Design, Saatchi & Saatchi (Design); Lynne Anne Davis, President and Senior Partner, Asia Pacific, FleishmanHillard (PR); Lo Sheung Yan, Chairman, Asia Pacific Creative Council, JWT (Craft); Anthony Freedman, Group CEO of Host, Sydney (Branded Content & Entertainment); and Jarek Ziebinski, President, Leo Burnett Asia Pacific (Creative Effectiveness).

This is an extraordinary amount of work that will require the full attention of the talented juries as they unite to select the best pieces of creative communications being produced in the APAC region (…) The winning work which will drive inspiration and push the industry forward, will not only have an impact at a regional level, but also globally. We eagerly look forward to the results of Spikes 2013.

Philip Thomas,

CEO Lions Festivals.

The winners will be revealed during the Spikes Asia awards ceremony on Tuesday evening, 17 September, at the Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Other accolades that will be announced are: Agency of the Year, Independent Agency of the Year, Media Agency of the Year, Network of the Year, and the Spikes Palm Award which is presented to the most awarded production company. Metro, Melbourne’s train system, will be honored with the 2013 Advertiser of the Year award. The event will conclude with the After Party at Avalon nightclub.

Also, during the gala, the Advertiser of the Year Award will honor Metro, Melbourne’s train system, winner of a record number of international awards for its public service announcement “Dumb Ways to Die” campaign.

Created by McCann Melbourne, the campaign was launched to engage and teach young people to be careful around trains. “Dumb Ways to Die” was designed to be instantly likeable and shareable. Featuring a catchy theme song, black-humour and colourful blob characters which die in a variety reckless ways, such as “poke a stick at a grizzly bear”, “keeping a rattlesnake as a pet” and “selling both kidneys on the Internet,” the ad culminates in train-related deaths that are described as “the dumbest ways to die”.

The campaign became an internet hit achieving more than 20 million views on YouTube during the first week of being released, through Tumblr it became the third most viral ad campaign of all time, the song charted on iTunes in 28 countries, schools now use it as a teaching tool, it became the most shared public service campaign in history with a million people pledging to be safe around trains, and most importantly, young people all over the world are talking and singing about train safety.

Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity takes place in Singapore 15-17 September and is set to welcome over 1,800 delegates from 28 countries who will enjoy three days of motivational content, partake in exclusive networking events and celebrate creative excellence. Spikes is jointly organised by Lions Festivals and Haymarket. Further information as well as details on how to register to attend can be found at www.spikes.asia.