D&AD 2017: Oscar-winning screenwriter and industry panellists added to line up

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Two more months before event’s start, the organizers of D&AD Festival 2017 announce new additions to festival’s line-up of speakers: Armando Bo, Oscar-winning filmmaker and Joaquín Cubría, VP/ECD at David Buenos Aires

Armando is an Oscar-winning filmmaker with a gift for storytelling. He was one of the screenwriters of Birdman (Oscar and Golden Globe for best original script) and is also a prolific advertising director, having shot multi-awarded pieces for brands such as Axe, VW, and Got Milk.

For more than 20 years, Joaquín has been delivering world-class work from Buenos Aires’ most creative agencies. In 2012 he was became ECD at David. His work has been awarded at all major international festivals including the very first D&AD Impact White Pencil for Latin America.

Also newly announced are are the panels for D&AD Festival Insight Sessions. Made up of Jury Presidents and Judges, the panels are rare chance to get a unique look into the judging process behind the Professional Awards. Panelists this year include:

  • Alexander Nowak, Creative Director, Droga5, USA
  • Ali Hanan, Founder, Creative Equals, UK
  • Anne-Cécile Michaud, Global Chief Strategy Officer, Havas Media Group, France
  • Arno Moria, CEO & Executive Producer, Division Paris, France
  • Coralie Bickford-Smith, Senior Designer, Penguin Books, UK
  • Damon Stapleton, CCO, DDB New Zealand
  • David Nobay, Creative Chairman, Marcel Sydney, Australia
  • Elise Valmorbida, Founder/Creative Director, word-design, UK
  • Fiona Curran, Creative Partner, Distil Studio, UK
  • Gail Bichler, Design Director, New York Times Magazine, USA
  • Josy Paul, Chairman, BBDO India
  • Laura Jordan Bambach, Partner, Mr President, UK
  • Mieke Haase, CCO, Loved/Thjnk, Germany
  • Nick Worthington, Creative Chairman, Colenso BBDO, New Zealand



And this year the D&AD Festival has been organised into three distinct days, each with their own agenda.

  • Tuesday, 25 April – The Earth Will Shake: This is a day of responding to the big issues our world faces. D&AD want to inspire you to build a better, fairer and more sustainable future.
  • Wednesday, 26 April – Staring at The Sun: Shifts in technology, trends and work-styles are upending the creative industries. This is a day of leading innovators thinking, predicting and demonstrating how they are adapting to a transforming sector.
  • Thursday, 27 April – Outrageous Magic: This is a day of our industry’s leading designers and creators talking about what they do when crafting the big ideas.

As well as headline and speaker slots, visitors to the D&AD Festival will be able to take part in Insight Sessions that cover many of the key categories from the D&AD Professional Awards and Bite-size Training classes to give them a taster of D&AD Professional Development Training. An exhibition of over 26,000 pieces of creative work entered into the Awards will be displayed throughout the venue and there will also be New Blood and Next Awards installations, including an exclusive showcase of emerging directors and exhibition of emerging photographers in partnership with Getty Images to give attendants a full overview of what D&AD has to offer.

D&AD Festival Partners are: Adobe, Shutterstock and Royal Mail.

The D&AD Awards Ceremony will take place during the Festival this year, with a new format to be announced soon.