BUSAN - AD STARS has unveiled this year’s finalists selected from a total of 21,530 entries – up from 18,063 entries last year. The festival recruited 210 online judges from 62 countries who selected just 1,799 finalists.
“It’s hard to believe how quickly our awards show has grown since we first launched in 2008. We received over 21,500 entries to the AD STARS Awards, which shows our mandate of being a global awards show that is free to enter and committed to ‘creativity for good’ is resonating with creative communities around the world. I’m especially proud of the diversity of entries and judges we have attracted this year,” says Eui Ja Lee, Co-chair of the AD STARS Executive Committee.
AD STARS is the only global festival that is free-to-enter and offers a US$10,000 cash prize for Grand Prix of the Year winners. With entries from 40 countries, AD STARS received the highest number of submissions from Japan, followed by Thailand, Korea, Australia, Philippines, China and New Zealand.
Agencies with 10 or more finalists include:
BMF (Australia) 10 finalists
BWM Dentsu (Australia) 10 finalists
McCann Melbourne (Australia) 52 finalists
Ogilvy Melbourne (Australia) 11 finalists
Artplan (Brazil) 16 finalists
Cheil (China) 20 finalists
J. Walter Thompson Shanghai (China) 12 finalists
Publicis (China) 14 finalists
Cheil (Hong Kong) 21 finalists
Ogilvy & Mather Group (Hong Kong) 13 finalists
Hakuhodo (Indonesia) 10 finalists
Daiko Advertising Inc. (Japan) 22 finalists
Dentsu Inc. (Japan) 77 finalists
Hakuhodo Inc. / Kettle (Japan) 49 finalists
Ogilvy & Mather (Japan) 68 finalists
SIX INC (Japan) 14 finalists
TBWA Hakuhodo (Japan) 36 finalists
Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (Japan) 20 finalists
Tokyu Agency Inc. (Japan) 15 finalists
Cheil Worldwide (Republic of Korea) 32 finalists
Innocean Worldwide (Republic of Korea) 42 finalists
Innored (Republic of Korea) 17 finalists
Serviceplan (Republic of Korea) 21 finalists
Leo Burnett (Malaysia) 12 finalists
Colenso BBDO (New Zealand) 36 finalists
Wunderman (Peru) 22 finalists
BBDO Guerrero (Philippines) 11 finalists
McCann Worldgroup (Philippines) 12 finalists
Publicis JimenezBasic (Philippines) 11 finalists
TBWA Santiago Mangada Puno (Philippines) 43 finalists
BBH Asia Pacific (Singapore) 17 finalists
MullenLowe (Singapore) 25 finalists
Leo Burnett (Taiwan) 21 finalists
BBDO Bangkok (Thailand) 61 finalists
CJ WORX (Thailand) 10 finalists
GREY (Thailand) 18 finalists
Ogilvy Group (Thailand) 55 finalists
TBWA (Thailand) 30 finalists
BBDO (Pakistan) 16 finalists
Other Philippine agencies with Finalists are J. Walter Thompson Manila (nine Finalists), Ace Saatchi & Saatchi (five Finalists), Dentsu Jayme Syfu (four Finalists), DDB Tribal Worldwide Philippines (three Finalists), Leo Burnett Manila (two Finalists), and Y&R Philippines (one Finalist).
Over 30 final judges will soon meet in Busan, South Korea on 22-23rd August to decide this year’s winners, which will be announced in a gala ceremony on Saturday 26th August.
AD STARS is now offering a 10% discount on early bird ticket sales to attend the 10th AD STARS festival, which runs from 24th to 26th August in Busan, South Korea.
With eight different registration packages to choose from, delegates can choose to attend both AD STARS 2017and AD tech 2017, or purchase individual tickets to either conference, which take place concurrently at BEXCO Exhibition Centre. One-day passes and tickets to this year’s awards gala on Saturday 26th August are also available.
Complete list of finalists for AD STARS 2017 Professional Division: