New Directors' Showcase Comes to NYC

Saatchi & Saatchi’s legendary New Directors’ Showcase debuts in New York City at Brooklyn Academy of Music.

New York, New York - Saatchi & Saatchi brings its legendary New Directors’ Showcase (NDS) to New York City for the first time.  The event will be co-hosted by Saatchi NY’s CEO Brent Smart & Chief Creative Officer Jay Benjamin and held on Thursday, July 17th at the beautiful Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

Following the NDS Screening, the highly esteemed Editor of Creativity Magazine, Ann Christine Diaz, will moderate a lively panel discussion with influencers from the worlds of film, advertising and creativity.   A special, live musical performance by X Ambassadors will follow the panel discussion.  Follow on #NDSNYC14  #feelthereel

The panel:

Ann Christine Diaz, Editor, Creativity (Moderator)

Alberto Belli, Director ‘It's Not Porn’

Jay Benjamin, Chief Creative Officer, Saatchi NY

Jackie Kerman Bisbee, EP/owner of Park Pictures

Tatia Pilieva, Director ‘First Kiss’

Jorma Taccone, Director, Caviar Content

Brent Smart commented:  “We’re thrilled to bring the the New Directors’ Showcase to New York in a big way to celebrate creativity and help identify the next generation of directors who are set to shape our digital and cinematic worlds.  It promises to be a magical night.  The Showcase defines everything I love about our craft and I’m inspired that the reel has coupled emotion with technology over the past few years.  It’s a potent combination that will guide us to do pretty incredible and influential things for brands.”

THE DIRECTORS’ SHOWREEL: The NDS has been enchanting audiences at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for the past 24 years and has earned a reputation for unearthing directing talent of the future, with NDS alumni including iconic directors Spike Jonze, Michael Gondry, Tarsem and Jonathan Glazer.

To find the featured directors, Saatchi & Saatchi invites submissions from directors around the world, utilizing its Network of some 130 offices worldwide, and its relationships with key on-line sources.  The Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Creative Board, with creative direction from recently appointed Worldwide Creative Director Pablo Del Campo, made a final selection of 19 films by 18 directors.

This year the reel has a typically eclectic mix of music videos, animated shorts, humor, erotica, surrealism and the grotesque.  The 18 Directors selected for the New Directors’ Showcase reel 2014 hail from Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, UK and the USA.  Their films can found here:

Image credit: ‘It's Not Porn’, directed by Alberto Belli


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