#CannesLions2019: "Purpose-driven work led by conscious consumerism" - Neo Mashigo
Neo Mashigo, chief creative officer (CCO) for M&C Saatchi Group SA as well as the founder of I See A Different You, is serving on this year’s Cannes Lions Print & Publications jury.
Despite his former stint as chairperson of the Loeries and current role as Loeries board member, while also on the executive committee of the Creative Circle, judge at this year’s D&AD Awards and his work having won a Cannes Lions Grand Prix before, this will be Mashigo’s first time judging at Cannes Lions.
His passion for African creativity and doing advertising work that’s more representative of Africa is clear in all he does, particularly in identifying and developing black creative talent to become leading creatives in the industry.
Here, Mashigo shares what he’s most looking forward to from this year’s Festival of Creativity, as well as a few of his Cannes Lions-related highlights over the years and what SA judges bring to the global creative mix…
This is my first time judging Cannes. It will be interesting to see how the dynamics in the judging room play out versus other international awards. Judging Cannes gives me the opportunity to see ideas from around the world with different cultural contexts to mine.
I’ll get to see how other creatives package their ideas to give them global appeal and understanding.
I’m particularly looking to see how other judges perceive work that is not Hollywood-esque.Because as South Africans, we always have to choose carefully when it comes to what we enter. We base our decision on whether the work is Cannes Lions-friendly or not.
It was when South Africa won its first Cannes Lions Grand Prix in 2006, in the Print & Publication category with FCB for Lego.
At the time, we knew as South Africans that we were right up there with the best when it comes to advertising, but we needed to win the Grand Prix. That year we did, and it was amazing to witness.
That Grand Prix opened the doors for us to win our own Grand Prix, and it has now become a normal thing for South Africa to do so.
Fittingly, I’m judging Print and Publication, the oldest category in advertising where almost everything has been done, but every year agencies around the world prove that we’ll never run out of great ideas.
We bring the South African flavour and style, an angle that has that David and Goliath energy. We make Cannes global!
I’m passionate around story and in my category, it’s brought to life in a picture. I love to see work from other cultures in the world shine. It’s always so refreshing.
I think purpose-driven work will still come up strong, led by conscious consumerism.
Everyone wants a better world with nicer people.
I’m looking forward to seeing the work and hearing from the people that create the work. At Cannes, you can engage with the clients and creatives that make work that you wish you had made!
While main judging only takes place in Cannes next week, watch for the SA judges’ specific predictions of the work that will win, later this week!
The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity runs from 17 to 21 June 2019, with Cinemark – now known as Ster-Kinekor Sales – the local representatives of Cannes Lions for SA. Roving reporter Ann Nurock will be sharing the latest news as it happens, live on the ground in Cannes, so visit our Cannes Lions special section for the latest updates!