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.