The International Festival of Creativity, Cannes Lions, is back again with the Jury line up for 2022 announced. Only 290 professionals from around the world are part of this distinguished jury, chosen from the industry’s leading talent and from a diverse range of disciplines. The experts appointed on the exceptional line-up will be setting the benchmark for creativity worldwide.

“IAPI are delighted to announce that this is a record year for Ireland’s creative leaders, with the highest number of Cannes Lions Jurors selected than ever before”, says Charley Stoney, CEO, IAPI who are the Cannes Lions Festival Representatives for Ireland. “The Cannes Lions Festival is a global destination for creative excellence and having this number of creative leaders on the Jury is a testament to international reputation of Ireland’s creativity.”

This year, Alan Kelly, Chief Creative Officer, Rothco part of Accenture Song, has been appointed Jury President for the Creative data Lions Category, and Bridget Johnson, Executive Creative Director, Boys and Girls has been selected to judge the Radio and Audio Lions.

It doesn’t end there, we have another four very talented leaders selected for the Shortlisting Juries at Cannes Lions. Ed Leamy, Head of Innovation, BBDO Dublin has been selected for the Brand Experience and Activation Lions shortlisting jury; Liam Wielopolski, Executive Creative Director, Core is on the Film Lions shortlisting jury; Mark Tuthill, Creative Director, Core is on the Film Craft Lions shortlisting jury; Katie Neill, Connected Commerce Lead, Coca Cola Ireland is on the Creative Commence Lions shortlisting jury; and Brian Melarkey, Director & Head of Creative strategy, FleishmanHillard is on the PR Lions shortlisting jury.

"I’m super excited to be judging film this year. Film is a great medium to tell a story. There are many great stories out there that deserve to be awarded, but it’s our job as jurors to ensure that the stories rising to the top represent the best of our particular category. I’m always looking for work that moves me. That can be in many ways. Not every piece of work takes a stand, but it can still impact peoples’ lives for the better. Sometimes that can be as simple as making us laugh" said Liam Wielopolski, Executive Creative Director, Core.

“I am delighted to be a Cannes Lions juror this year. Having had the honour of being awarded two Lions for client work in the past I am excited to join the judging panel. It will be a fantastic opportunity, and privilege, to see and be inspired by the best of the best creative work from around the world.” said Brian Melarkey, Director & Head of Creative Strategy, Fleishman Hillard

Ed Leamy, Head of Innovation, BBDO Dublin said It’s a real honour to be judging the Cannes ‘Brand Experience & Activation’ category this year. As the world bounces back from a tough spell, the creative industry continues to show just how influential and inspiring it can be. This year’s work will be formidable and I can’t wait to see it all!

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