From a joyous celebration of London's never-say-die attitude to a taboo-breaking perspective on a female body part – here are the Best of the Best winners from Brand Film Festival London 2019.
Jaguar Land Rover 'Dear Dorothy'
Entered by Commotion
Described by one judge as a "beautiful story with authentic emotion at its heart", this film shuns the usual vehicle marketing tropes – dramatic landscapes, voiceovers about engine performance – for something truly engaging. It stars Dorothy Peters, who joined what was then Rover in 1946 to work in the factory aged 15. Flash forward to the present and Dorothy is reunited with the 60th Rover vehicle that she worked on many decades ago. The video was praised for being "shot simply, contrasting old and modern footage and letting Dorothy's personality shine through". One judge said it’s a "smart way of not only demonstrating the family values of Land Rover's culture, but also the longevity of the vehicles from 1946 to today".
Nike 'Nothing beats a Londoner'
Entered by Riff Raff; other credits: Wieden & Kennedy London, Final Cut, 750mph, Time Based Arts
This film, which celebrates sporting competition in London and features cameos from star athletes such as Olympic legend Sir Mo Farah and England captain Harry Kane, was singled out for the "creativity", "vibrancy" and "joy" it provided. One judge said: "A real achievement in distilling the dynamism, diversity and energy of London's youth culture. With humorous scripted moments, as well as the insertion of Nike's brand ambassadors, the film is well put together to be sharable and achieve organic reach on social platforms. A great expression of how inherent Nike is within youth culture and speaks to the target audience in a credible and authentic way."
Samaritans, Network Rail and British Transport Police 'Small talk saves lives: everyday small talk'
Entered by Pegasus; other credits: The Progress Film Company
It is the latest iteration of the Samaritans campaign that stresses the importance of talking to strangers to potentially interrupt someone’s suicidal thoughts and start them on a journey to recovery. The film shows a woman in various light-hearted situations discussing the weather with strangers. The final shot takes a more serious tone, as she approaches a clearly distressed man at a train platform and raises the same topic. It’s based on statistics that for every life lost on the railways, six are saved by those around them. "Simple, thoughtful and what at first seems quite passive ad leads to very poignant ending," one judge said.
Essity 'Viva la vulva'
Entered by Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO; other credits: Somesuch, Ketchum, Poke, Zenith, Trim Editing, Time Based Arts
The taboo-breaking three-minute film, set to the track Take Yo' Praise, shows a series of colourful objects resembling female genitals – including a grapefruit, conch shell and fortune cookie – singing along to the lyrics. As one of the judges commented: "[The film] taps into the body positivity movement and shines a light on a part of the female body usually very much hidden and misunderstood. I love the visual metaphors and the soundtrack makes it. Witty, celebratory and empowering."