Last week, the legendary Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase enticed over 2,000 Cannes delegates to get out of bed and invited them to be inspired, educated and entertained. Taking place at the Grand Théâtre Lumière at the 2017 Cannes Lions, the show lasted 70 minutes and presented the very best, groundbreaking directorial talent from around the globe. Partnering with MPC, the show celebrated creativity, innovation and provided a platform for up-and-coming talented directors.
To introduce the show, a three-minute piece was shown to the audience directed by 2016 NDS-featured director, Jake Dypka. Last year his film “Embarrassed,” which featured celebrated poet and spoken word artist, Hollie McNish, was included on the reel and vocalised the daily battle mothers face when nursing in public. Both Dypka and McNish were invited back and commissioned to co-direct a film together, which celebrates gender and presents how women and men perceive the world differently.
The 20 directors selected for the New Directors’ Showcase reel 2017 and their films are listed below so please enjoy and let us know which ones you thought best exemplified the spirit of the showcase. This year it celebrated its 27th year at Cannes and aimed this year specifically to shine a light on the current gender imbalance within the already narrow field of directing.