Epica 2017 opens for entries
Epica — the creative prize judged by journalists — kicks off its 31st competition with a call for entries that opens today, Tuesday, 1 August 2017. Advertising, PR, design and digital agencies, as well as production companies, may start entering their work this August with a €100 early bird discount (South African agencies may use MarkLivesSA to claim their discount). Submissions close on 31 September.
Epica is the only global creative prize awarded by journalists working for marketing and communications magazines around the world.
The awards ceremony will be held this year on 16 November at the Meistersaal in Berlin, an historic concert hall built in 1910. The 2017 jury president will be Spencer Baim, chief strategic officer at VICE Media. There are two new categories this year: Music Video; and Online and Mobile Services (which covers advertising for digital brands such as Airbnb and Uber).
The awards ceremony will be preceded by the annual conference; confirmed speakers includes Richard Wilson, co-founder of Stop Funding Hate; Preethi Mariappan, VP ECD of Emerging Experiences EMEA, Sapient Razorfish; Sascha Martini, managing director R/GA Berlin; and Patrick Lara, managing director, Publicis Conseil.
Says Epica editorial director, Mark Tungate, “We’re delighted to return to Berlin, which is one of the world’s most exciting and creative cities. As it’s a hub of startup talent, we thought it would be appropriate to explore the merging worlds of technology and creativity in our conference, hence the theme The Creative Singularity.”
New jury members this year include The Economic Times, India (via its specialist marketing reporter), Marketing Directo from Spain, and AdIndex in Russia. MarkLives represents South Africa on the Epica jury.