Astral, a division of Bell Media, announced the winners of the CARTE BLANCHE FOR CREATIVES competition for the Québec market earlier tonight. Launched in March, the ninth edition of the annual competition drew a record-breaking 325 submissions from across the country, including 188 from the Québec market – up nearly 20% and 25% respectively.
This year, a national jury composed of six prominent creative directors from the advertising industry had the difficult task to shortlist the Top 25 entries and then deliberate to determine the winners for each market.
“We enjoy the privileged relationship we have with the creative community, which lets us evolve the Carte Blanche contest every year,” said Chloé Boissonnault, General Manager, Communications and Marketing, Bell Media Sales. “This allows us to better adapt the contest to the industry’s reality and work with creatives to turn their big ideas into reality. We’re very proud of this record-breaking 9th edition of Carte Blanche and the group of professionals we assembled for our first-ever national jury. Astral sees creativity as a catalyst for opportunity, and it remains one of our core values – as demonstrated once again by the quantity and quality of this year’s Carte Blanche entries.”
Here are this year’s CARTE BLANCHE winners for the Québec market:
Title – Pointage
Client – Jour de la Terre
Agency – lg2
- Creative Writer: Valérie Wells
- Art Director: Léa-Laure Bergeron
Title – Du beau temps
Client – Air Transat
Agency – Sid Lee
- Creative Writer: Andrew Lord
- Art Director: Étienne Goulet
Title – Chantier
Client – L’Équipeur
Agency – Cartier
- Creative Writer: Laurent Francoeur-Larouche
- Art Director: Colin Beaudin
The winning team in each market will fly off to the International Creativity Festival in Cannes next June, while their clients will receive a $50,000 campaign on Astral’s digital network. Each second-place team will receive a MacBook Retina, and each third-place team gets an iPad Pro.
TRUCKER’S CHOICE AWARD
This year’s edition of Carte Blanche introduced the Trucker’s Choice Award, where a jury of three, real-life truck drivers have chosen their favourite entry from all the concepts received in each market. Who better to award this special prize than people who spend most of their days passing by all types of billboards?
Here is the 2018 winner:
Title – Constellations
Client – Montréal Science Centre
Agency – Alfred Communications
- Creative Writers: Martin Charron & Michaël Grenier
- Art Director: Nicolas Rivard
After breaking new records, this great celebration of creativity culminated with the joint announcements of the CARTE BLANCHE FOR CREATIVES and C’EST DANS’ CANNES contest winners at the C2 Montréal conference.
Winners from the Western Canada and Toronto markets were announced on May 16 and 17, respectively. The winners were:
GRAND PRIZE: City Colours by Patrick Godin & Michael Romaniuk (Zulu Alpha Kilo) for KitchenAid
2nd Prize: Train Triggered Advertising by Tyler Schell & Christian Martinez (Publicis) for GO Transit
3rd Prize: Too Hot for Spot by Sherry Dubeau & Samantha Angus (BBDO) for Pedigree
Trucker’s Choice: Gridlock by Brian Santangelo, Curtis Wolowich & Brian Howlett (Agency 59) for SXM Satellite Radio
WESTERN CANADA MARKET
GRAND PRIZE: Celebrating the Solstice by Mark Wilson & Kelsey Hugues (Cossette) for Yukon Tourism
2nd Prize: Today’s Possibilities by Greg Kieltyka & Jake Gauthier (Rethink) for IKEA
3rd Prize: Shades of Summer by Mark Wilson & Kelsey Hugues (Cossette) for Sephora
Trucker’s Choice: Irresistible by Rory O’Sullivan (Will Creative) for Cobs Bread
The CARTE BLANCHE FOR CREATIVES competition was launched in 2010 by Astral to recognize and support the best creativity in out-of-home. Projects submitted by winners and finalists are available on the competition website.
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