2016 Adcan Awards

Not-for-profit creative platform ADCAN today announces the launch of the 2016 ADCAN Awards. The annual competition returns for its third year to champion yet more unsigned creative talent and give emerging filmmakers access to industry leaders.

We’re delighted to have been chosen as one of the the four charities for which the film makers will be creating original films to help tell the stories of our life-changing music therapy.

ADCAN is a collective of top film and advertising industry execs and companies, all volunteering their time and expertise to #makegood. It was founded by creative and production veterans, Dan Heighes, Brydon Gerus and Deborah Casswell, who recognised the need to help more emerging talent get their foot in the door and mobilise the film and advertising industry to make a real difference.

“Quite simply, ADCAN is the award scheme for people who want to make a difference to their career and the world at the same time,” says Deborah Casswell, Founding Partner, ADCAN.

Their hard work saw the ADCAN team receive a Points of Light Award last year from Prime Minister David Cameron, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a significant change in their community and inspiring others.

“ADCAN is a brilliant initiative to help both smaller charities and the next generation of talented filmmakers,” says David Cameron.

Returning after two successful years, the free-to-enter competition invites unsigned creatives from across the UK to select a brief from one of four charities and create a 30 second film, which helps to spread the charities’ messages in a unique and vibrant way. The shortlisted filmmakers and winners will then be given the opportunity to attend two days of exclusive industry access workshops with ADCAN partners Partizan, Rattling Stick and Nexus, and other industry leaders such as Work, Wave, ARRI Media and The Mill. The competition culminates in an awards ceremony hosted at The Mill – the renowned post-production house in central London, which will also see other leading creatives in attendance to talk about how they #madeit in the industry. Previous speakers include Mark Denton, Nexus directors Smith & Foulkes and Crispin Porter’s CCO Dave Buonaguidi.

2016’s awards return with a diverse slate of charitable causes including; The GirlHood, an initiative that supports and encourages young women to succeed in the creative industries; Streetbank, a charity that fosters sharing to create better communities; Nordoff Robbins, the specialist music therapy charity dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and adults across the UK, and finally CALM, a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, supported by Topman and UK rapper Professor Green, who is one of many ambassadors.

Previous winners of the ADCAN Awards have gone on to make everything from music videos to short films, some have even secured full time employment with leading production companies Rattling Stick and Partizan. All of ADCAN’s alumni also receive ongoing help and career advice.

Budding filmmakers that want to get involved in this year’s competition should visit: www.adcanawards.com for more information and to download the briefs, which are now live. The Nordoff Robbins brief can be found here

We’re so excited to be one of the chosen charities and can’t wait to see the entries!