DIARY: Some 'new directors' weren't new enough for Campaign Screen

We're a philanthropic lot here at Campaign, always game-on for

promoting new talent ... enter, stage left, the annual competition

organised by our sister-publication Campaign Screen to find the

industry's next big star.

The New Directors Competition is all about giving the youngsters a


So the judges, comprising some of the big industry names, gathered at

the offices of the competition's supporter, D&AD, for a gruelling

marathon session of judging.

After much heated debate, and lots of fag breaks later, a list of ten

finalists was selected and from that, one overall winner.

While no-one would dream of quibbling with their imaginative camera

work, it would appear that some of the hopefuls could do with a little

extra time learning how to read.

The entry form clearly said in big, black letters that all entrants had

to have been directing for less than two years.

But Screen's winner, Neil Harris, formerly represented by Arden

Sutherland Dodd and now Partizan, seemed to have missed that criterion.

After some detective work, Harris was disqualified when it emerged that

had been directing for five years, giving him just a slight


And he wasn't the only one. Adam Berg of Stink and Harry Nash's Jens

Mikkelsen, shame on you.


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