Adrian Botan headlines list of four Romanian creatives selected to judge the 2016 ADCE Awards

Creativity, Festivals & Awards

Adrian Botan (McCann Bucharest),  Catalin Rusu (Rusu+Bortun Brand Growers), Dan Frinculescu (Publicis Romania) and Valentin Suciu (Jazz) are the four Romanian creatives selected to judge at the 25th edition of ADCE Awards, scheduled to take place in Barcelona between October 13-15 and which is part of the 3rd European Creativity Festival.

The deadline for entries is September 16th.

The Art Directors Club of Europe (ADCE) revealed the juries of the competition. This year, as the ADCE Awards celebrates a quarter-century, its longest-tenured Austrian Board Member and Merlicek & Grossebner CEO Johannes Newrkla will preside over the six juries.

As a true European border-crosser and frequent award-winner, Johannes embodies the ADCE values of multi-cultural learning and excellence in European advertising and design. He was a founder member of the ADCE in 1990 and led the organization as President for eight years, making him the perfect candidate to lead the anniversary Awards.


In October, Johannes will be joined by the following Jury Presidents:

  • Film & Radio: Britta Pötzsch, Global Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather Dusseldorf (Germany)
  • Advertising Print & Outdoor: Chaka Sobhani, Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett London (UK)
  • Interactive & Mobile: Valentina Culatti, Managing Director at Unit9 (Italy)
  • Design: Mario Eskenazi, Founder at Mario Eskenazi Studio (Spain)
  • Promotions & New Media: Alexander Kalchev, Executive Creative Director at DDB Paris (France)
  • Integration & Innovation: Adrian Botan, Global Executive Creative Director at McCann Bucharest (Romania)

In the same time, Romanian agencies are well represented at the 2016 Awards, with a total of 4 creatives present in the jury:

  • Adrian Botan, Global Executive Creative Director at McCann Bucharest (Integration & Innovation)
  • Catalin Rusu, Chief Creative Partner & CEO at Rusu+Bortnn Brand Growers (Print & Outdoor)
  • Dan Frinculescu, Group Creative Director at Publicis Romania (Integration & Innovation)
  • Valentin Suciu, Creative Partner at Jazz (Film & Radio)

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As a Jury President, Adrian Botan has extra responsibility in helping set the benchmark for European Creative Excellence in 2016:

We’re living through the most challenging, but also the most exciting time in marketing communication, and there is one answer to this: innovation. We will be judging the category best placed to celebrate this huge potential. I’m really looking forward to discovering the future defining ideas that would inspire young talents to join our industry.

In total, 52 leading creatives and designers have been selected from the 18 ADCE member countries to judge the 25th ADCE Awards. The full list can be found at the ADCE website.

The ADCE Awards are unique in that only creative work that has been awarded at a local European show can qualify, ensuring an elite selection in which every single entry that a judge sees has already been nominated as a standout piece of creative.

In addition to the categories listed, the awards also have space to promote young talent and students with the European Student of the Year and European Young Creative of the Year competitions.

In October, the juries will meet to debate and discuss the best creative work from across Europe, before awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze across each category, as well as the overall Grand Prix, to be revealed at the ADCE Awards Gala on October 15.

Following the awards, all the winning work will feature in the 2016 ADCE Annual, which showcases the year’s best in graphic design and advertising, and also toured throughout Europe at local exhibitions.

The ADCE Awards return as part of the European Creativity Festival at the Disseny Hub Barcelona. Created to celebrate and recognize the art of creativity, graphic design and new creative solutions, the Festival features a packed programme of conferences, workshops, networking opportunities and other activities, delivered by some of the most innovative and inspiring people in Europe. This year’s theme will be the “The Hybridscape: Where unexpected connections are made”, with the full line-up of speakers and ticket information to be announced very soon.


As a non-profit organization, the ADCE Awards offers significantly reduced entry fees to ensure agencies of all sizes from across Europe have the opportunity to participate. Entry is free to all Gold winners from eligible national shows, 100€ for Silver winners, and 170€ for all other awarded work (Bronze, Shortlisted etc). Registration is also open to winners from ADCE non-member European nations for a general fee of 270€.


The Art Directors Club of Europe (ADCE) is a not-for-profit association headquartered in Barcelona comprised of professional clubs and associations of graphic design and advertising from 18 European countries: Austria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Ukraine.

Founded in 1990, the ADCE strives to foster excellence in graphic design and advertising creativity at a European scale. The association represents more than 4,500 professionals from the field and internationally spotlights the best works accomplished at a local scale through its annual European awards. The association’s current president is Amir Kassaei, Chief Creative Officer at DDB Worldwide, and one of the most recognised advertising creatives in the world.