Entry submissions to ADFEST are open to companies involved in advertising, communications, and production industry throughout Asia and the Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East. The company must be based in the region regardless of where the entry was designed, implemented, published or aired. Works created for clients in the region, but by companies based elsewhere are not eligible. For New Director Lotus, works submitted must have been directed during a Director’s first two years of Director career. That is, ADFEST’s New Director definition has changed from first 7 works to first 2 years as a Director. For Portfolio Spot (ND05), works submitted do not need to be commercially broadcasted. For Portfolio Spot (ND05), Short Films for ADFEST 2019 by The Fabulous Five (ND07), Assistant Directors are also eligible. For Film School (ND06), entries must be part of a film school project. For Short Films for ADFEST 2019 by The Fabulous Five (ND07), the Director must have started a Director career after March 2017. Print Craft categories are open for Print Production companies and advertising agencies. Sub-categories are agency or production-specific, entrant must submit to respective eligible categories.
Sub-categories specifically for agencies include the following:
Best Use of Photography/DI (CP02) Best Use of Illustration (CP04) Best Use of Typography (CP06) Art Direction (CP07) Best Use of Retouching/Image Manipulation (CP09) Best Use of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) (CP11) All advertising must be designed for public exposure except: INNOVA Lotus: Innovation in Prototype Technology (IN03) Interactive Lotus: Best Use of Prototype Technology (IT19) New Director Lotus: Portfolio Spot (ND05) & Film School (ND06) While entries submitted to Best Use of a Prototype Technology (IT19) under Interactive Lotus and Innovation in Prototype Technology (IN03) under INNOVA Lotus do not need to be public, they must have at least been launched or tested to a small group of people and executed to some extent not merely a prototype idea. All advertising must have been commercially launched between 1st December 2017 and 31st December 2018. For Direct Lotus: Direct Campaign for Retention/Loyalty (DM13), Effective Lotus (except Lotus Roots sub-category (LREF), and New Director Lotus works can be launched between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2018 (in the past 2 years). Works that have entered ADFEST in the past years are not eligible, except for entries into Effective Lotus and Direct Campaign for Retention/Loyalty (DM15) in Direct Lotus, the work could have been entered into other Lotus categories in the previous year. All advertising must have been made within the context of a paying contract with the client, except for Self-Promotion sub-categories, Internet Film (ND04), Portfolio Spot (ND05), and Film School (ND06) under New Director Lotus. For Self-Promotion or works for non-profit organizations, the works must be endorsed and approved by the client. Entries cannot be made without the prior permission of the advertiser/owner of the rights of the commercial or advertisement. Entries which have infringed any of its country of origin's voluntary or regulatory codes of practice are not eligible. It is the responsibility of the entrant to withdraw such work immediately should an infringement arise.
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