BBDO NY Wins Big At One Screen Short Film Fest
BBDO NY's team on Sandy Hook Promise's "Back-to-School Essentials" celebrate winning the Best-of-Show honor at the One Screen Short Film Festival on Tuesday night (2/25) in New York. Pictured (l-r) are Alex Gianni, Gary du Toit, Peter Alsante (front), Bianca Guimaraes, Lance Vining and Molly Ross (photo by Alison Bourdon)
Agency’s work for Sandy Hook Promise wins Best-Of-Show honor as well as Best Branded Content; “Monica Lewinsky--The Epidemic” named Best Experimental Film
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BBDO New York was the big winner Tuesday night (2/25) at the eighth annual One Screen Short Film Festival, The One Club for Creativity’s competition that celebrates the achievements of global filmmakers from both the advertising and film industries.

Three awards were bestowed upon BBDO NY, including the Best-of-Show honor for Sandy Hook Promise’s “Back-to-School Essentials,” which also topped the Best Branded Content category. In addition, the agency won Best Experimental Film for “Monica Lewinsky--The Epidemic.”

“Back-to-School Essentials,” an impactful video that highlights the anxiety and fear students face in the reality of school shootings, was directed by Henry-Alex Rubin of production house SMUGGLER. The public service piece starts off as a familiar back-to-school ad but slowly unfolds to highlight students using everyday back-to-school items to survive a shooting, shedding light on the gruesome violent reality that students face. 

Meanwhile BBDO NY’s “The Epidemic” follows Hailey, an average American teenager, as she shows symptoms of a mysterious illness. But there’s more than meets the eye. After watching the film, viewers are prompted to enter their phone number. They will then watch the film again, but this time they’ll receive the same bullying text messages as Hailey receives them throughout the story. Mixing the mediums of video and text, the spot illuminates how digital transgressions like cyberbullying can have very dire, real life consequences.

Cole Webley of production house Sanctuary directed “The Epidemic,” the latest entry in social activist Monica Lewinsky’s anti-bullying campaign--the previous pieces of work being “#DefyTheName” and the Emmy-nominated “In Real Life.”

Other winners
Short film work from nine countries picked up One Screen Short Film Fest awards.

The jury of leading film directors, producers, ad agency creatives and heads of production companies from around the world also gave two awards each to Friends & Fellows Media, Munich, Observatory, Los Angeles with AB InBev México, Reverse, New York, The New York Times, and Zulu Alpha Kilo, Toronto.

One Screen 2020 winners by category are as follows.

  • Best-of-Show: “Back-to-School Essentials” by BBDO New York, New York
  • Best Animation: “Conception: When Your Child’s Bogeyman is Real” by The New York Times, New York
  • Best Art Direction, Production Design: “Behind the History of La Cerveza Mas Fina” by AB InBev México and Observatory, Los Angeles
  • Best Branded Content: “Back-to-School Essentials” by BBDO New York, New York
  • Best Comedy: “Billy’s Lemonade” by Zulu Alpha Kilo, Toronto
  • Best Direction: “Monday” by Art and State, Los Angeles
  • Best Editor: “Koffee” by Mah Ferraz, Brooklyn
  • Best Cinematography: “Be Unboardered” by Cossette, Toronto
  • Best Documentary: “Please Arrest Me” by Ogilvy Singapore
  • Best Experimental Film: “Monica Lewinsky — The Epidemic” by BBDO New York, New York
  • Best Fiction: “Locals Only” by Skunk, Los Angeles and “Play: The Power of Ideas” by Reverse, New York
  • Best Foreign Film: “Dear Enemy - The Journey of Bashir” by Friends & Fellows Media, Munich
  • Best Emerging - Directors: Arne Totz, Friends & Fellows Media, Munich for  “Dear Enemy - The Journey of Bashir” and Bradley Tangonan, Reverse, New York for “Rose de Mai”
  • Best Emerging - Cinematographer: Jeff Kim, VaynerProductions, New York for “Dwyane Wade’s Last Swap” 
  • Best Mobile Film: “The Reef” by Sven, New York and “Share Your Crazy” by Film Pills, New York 
  • Best Music Video: “Damn I Love This Friday Night” for Quarter Life Poetry by Anonymous Content, Culver City
  • Best Sound Design, Original Score: “Kim Jung Gi” by Gallegos United, Huntington Beach and “Grow Beyond Your Goals: Meet Brianne West, founder of Ethique” by Google, Shibuya
  • Best Student Film: “The Beauty” by Pascal Schelbli, Zürich
  • Best Title and End Credit Sequences: “TEDx Sydney: Legacy” by Substance, Sydney
  • Best Under $10,000 Budget: “Boys Don’t Cry” by Bensimon Byrne, Toronto and “#UnravelHate” by Zulu Alpha Kilo, Toronto

Along with awarding work in specific genre categories, One Screen expanded this year to also present best-of awards for creative excellence by region.  This year’s regional winners are:

  • Regional - Asia Pacific: “Times Out and Proud” by FCB India, New Delhi
  • Regional - Europe: “Boucan La Cible” by Quad Productions, Clichy
  • Regional - Latin America: “The History of La Cerveza Mas Fina” by AB InBev México and Observatory, Los Angeles
  • Regional - North America: “Conception: When Your Child’s Bogeyman is Real” by The New York Times, New York

“It’s fitting to present Regional awards for the first time because we received so much amazing work from around the world,” said Jonathan Jirjis, executive producer at The One Club and head of the One Screen program.  “Global interest and participation in One Screen has grown sharply over the years, promoting us to recognize the best of the best by region.”

He added the body of work submitted illustrates the current mindset and voice of the greater global creative community. “This year’s entries include provocative subject matter that prompts us to think about how we’re progressing as a people, and sparks conversation on how to keep us moving forward in the right direction,” said Jirjis.


Client Sandy Hook Promise Agency BBDO New York David Lubars, chief creative officer, worldwide; Greg Hahn, chief creative officer, NY; Peter Alsante, SVP, sr. creative director; Bianca Guimaraes, VP, creative director; Jim Connolly, Gary Toit, associate creative directors/copywriters; Lance Vining, associate creative director/art director; David Rolfe, director of integrated production; Alex Gianni, VP, group executive producer; Molly Ross, associate producer; Julia Millison, music producer; Michael Schonfeld, brand strategist. Production Smuggler Henry-Alex Rubin, director; Drew Santarsiero, exec producer; Patrick Milling-Smith, Brian Carmody, co-founders; Lead Allina, line producer; Autumn Durald Arkapaw, DP. Editorial NO6 Edit Jason Macdonald, editor; Corina Dennison, managing director; Laura Molinaro, sr. producer; Renn Cheale, assistant editor. Color Company 3 Tim Masick, colorist; Alexandra Lubrano, producer. Conform/VFX/Finishing NO6 Edit Ed Skupeen, conform artist; Mark Reyes, Flame assist. Graphic Design NO6 Edit David Gerber, GFX; Laura Molinaro, producer. Music JSM Joel Simon, CEO/CCO, composer; Jeff Fiorello, exec producer; Jason Krebs, composer; Norm Felker, Andrew Manning, producers; Nathan Kil, sound designer. Audio Mix Heard City Jeremy Siegel, Keith Reynaud, Evan Mangiamele, Elizabeth McClanahan, engineers; Gloria Pitagorsky, managing partner; Jackie James, Sasha Awn, exec producers; Andi Lewis, producer; Evan Mangiamele, Jeremy Siegel, Keith Reynaud, sound designers; Tom Morris, Seth Brogdon, Evan Anderson, Ronnie Stapleton, assistant audio engineers. Casting Doreen Frumkin


Client Monica Lewinsky Agency BBDO New York David Lubars, chief creative officer, worldwide; Greg Hahn, chief creative officer, NY; Bianca Guimaraes, VP, creative director; Roberto Danino, creative director; Gary du Toit, Lance Vining, VPs, creative directors; Jim Connolly, associate creative director; David Rolfe, director of integrated production; Jessica Coccaro, executive producer;  James Young, executive producer, digital; Alex Massicott, Nick Russo, developers; Jimmy McGee, digital resource manager; Dexter Blumenthal, sr. brand strategist; Crystal Lin, marketing science project lead. Production Sanctuary Cole Webley, director; Paul Meyers, DP; Preston Lee, Kristen Bedard-Johnson, exec producers; Noah Thomason, line producer. Editorial Arcade Edit Paul Martinez, editor; Chris Angel, Jeff Lopus, assistant editors; Sila Soyer, exec producer; Fanny Cruz, producer. Telecine Company 3 Tom Poole, sr. colorist; Ashley McKim, exec producer; Alexandra Lubrano, producer. Conform/Finish Arcade Edit Tristian Wake, Mark Popham, Flame artists; Riccardo Sinti, After Effects artist. Music Human Sloan Alexander, composer/creative director; James Dean Wells, exec producer. Audio Post Post Human Sloan Alexander, chief engineer.


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