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About

OUR STORY: 

ADCAN was co-founded by Brydon Gerus, Dan Heighes and Deborah Casswell who met while working together on Apple. 

At the time, Brydon was shooting proactive films to build a director's reel. He entered a competition with an ad for a big brand and won a trip to the Cannes Lions Festival. The pink wine glow soon faded and he came home questioning the whole awards industry. Surely there’s a more socially impactful way for talented people to get seen than advertising sugar water!

The idea for ADCAN was born. Combine these key communities and everyone wins.
  
1) The best companies in the production community (our judges and workshop partners). 

2) The best emerging talent in the creative industry (our contestants). 

3) The charities trying to make the world better (6 new ones each year).


Our driving force is entirely in service of good causes and creative talent. We carefully curate our roster of charities and work with them hand in hand to develop their briefs. We scour the globe for the most talented up and coming filmmakers and animators and point this diverse creative force to the briefs. Then, the best shops in the production community get first looks at these emerging talents and take the opportunity to provide guidance via our educational winners workshop programs. It’s WIN, WIN, WIN!

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ABOUT OUR PROJECT:

ADCAN has been UK only for the last 3 years and as the world gets weirder and weirder taking CREATIVITY AS A FORCE FOR GOOD global is more important now then ever.

Up to this point, ADCAN has run purely on good vibes and an entire global community of passionate industry leaders and volunteers donating their time and talents to addressing the big issues we all face, while at the same time nurturing the next generation of creative talent.

Here’s what folks have to say about ADCAN:

"The ADCAN awards was better than the two years of University I paid for"


- Ezrael Alem, ADCAN winner 

"ADCAN is a welcome route to support and guidance for up-and-coming talent: the lifeblood of our industry". 

- Daniel Kleinman, Director of James Bond 007 Titles & Founder of Rattling Stick

CALM is a male suicide prevention charity
CALM is a male suicide prevention charity

Each year we curate and execute a programmatic year of networking events, speaker series, parties, and ultimately our 2 day educational winners workshops and awards show for our winners. 

This year we will be holding our 4th awards gala and workshop series at the Mill in Los Angeles, CA on October 19 and 20th to celebrate and award the best films made for our charity partners.

To see previous ADCAN winners check them out here

THE CHARITY FILM BRIEFS FOR 2017:

LGBT+ RIGHTS:
WERK FOR PEACE

WERK for Peace was set up in response to the Pulse nightclub massacre. It uses dance as a form of activism, empowering the queer community to heal, express love and reclaim their space through movement. WERK needs a film to encourage donations to expand and hire staff and also to encourage more people to participate in this beautiful organization.

THE ENVIRONMENT:
GRID ALTERNATIVES

GA provides free solar panels to low-income homes. The benefit is three-fold. Families save 80% on their energy bills, renewable energy reduces reliance on harmful fossil fuels and people in need of opportunities are trained to install the panels providing employment. This brief asks you to convince skeptical Latino communities to take advantage of this unbelievable service.

REFUGEE CRISIS:
HELEN BAMBER FOUNDATION

HBF delivers a compassionate response to survivors of torture or extreme human cruelty. The world is in the grip of one of the worst forced displacement crises ever. Refugees and Asylum seekers are often reduced to numbers in the news. This brief invites you to challenge the way people see asylum and refugees with a surprising and provocative creative film.

GENDER EQUALITY:
FAWCETT SOCIETY

It’s 100 years since women won the vote, but complete gender equality is still a long way off. The Fawcett Society works with politicians, academics and activists to push for equality in government, the workplace and even the internet. This film should celebrate 100 years of the vote but drive membership by reminding people there is important work yet to be done.

MENTAL HEALTH:
NATIONAL EATING DISORDERS ASSOCIATION

Over 30 million people in the US suffer with eating disorders. NEDA’s programs focus on early intervention, raise awareness of the risks and ensure people receive the help they need to recover. This brief asks you to challenge the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding eating disorders so that more people feel comfortable reaching out for help.

HEALTH & WELLBEING:
CITY HARVEST

Every year 18 million tons of food is wasted in the UK. But at the same time 4.7 million Brits regularly go a whole day without food. City Harvest rescues fresh food going to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and wholesale and distributes it to London charities who feed the hungry. This film must raise the profile of CH and also raise much needed funds.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT:

Your donations to ADCAN supports our 6 charities and the next generation of filmmakers while nurturing an industry wide culture for doing good. If we can continue to grow our global community with creativity as a force for good, the next generation of industry will have it as part of it’s DNA and the world will be better for it! 

Our contestants fund their own film entries so we’d like to make sure they can get to LA for the educational workshops and awards gala at no cost to them. This is the main thrust of our fiscal needs this year. 

We are anticipating the need to travel and accommodate up to 12 filmmakers from around the world. Your donation will also help to cover the day-to-day running of ADCAN from server space to the legal fees of opening ADCAN to the global creative community.

To Learn more about us visit ADCAN.com and send any questions you may have to hello@adcan.com

On behalf on the entire global ADCAN community we thank you for your time, donation and together we can change the world with CREATIVITY AS A FORCE FOR GOOD! 

 All of the rewards on offer are created by or hosted by the ADCAN community (and they are freaking awesome).

Here are a few highlights, the full list is in the column on the right. We look forward to seeing you at the awards show, hanging out at one of the masterclasses or posting you some film lover art! Thank you so much for your support. 

 

 

 

 

Close up of Masa's beautiful print
Close up of Masa's beautiful print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

ADCAN is a collective of tightly knit advertising and film industry professionals who have successfully come together for the past 3 years to execute the ADCAN Awards in London. This year's challenge is taking the competition global but we are supremely confident that we will overcome any and all challenges based on the passion and know-how of our growing volunteer community. Please feel free to contact us at hello@adcan.com with any questions you might have.

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    Join the make good movement!

    Join the make good movement and you’ll be the first to hear about ADCAN projects, events and ways to get involved.

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    List of our judges favourite movies

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    Your *CREATIVITY AS A FORCE FOR GOOD

    Become a part of our Facebook *CREATIVITY AS A FORCE FOR GOOD campaign! Send us an image or film of the thing you are doing to use *CREATIVITY AS A FORCE FOR GOOD and we'll publish and celebrate it on our Facebook page!

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    We'll champion a charity of your choice!

    We will champion a charity of your choice with thanks to you on our social channels. This one's a great chance for us to hear about potential partners for future film briefs too ;)

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    Q&A with a pro

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    Love Labyrinth? Love Bowie? Love this.

    Have you seen the scene in Labyrinth where Jennifer Connelly's character falls down a pit lined with hands and they make faces and talk to her? Yeh, this is inspired by that.

    A limited edition of 25 signed and numbered prints, 8.5"x1".

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    Be our guest at the Awards Night!

    Join us for an evening championing CREATIVITY AS A FORCE FOR GOOD. Come and celebrate the films made for charities tackling LGBT+ Rights, Gender Equality, The Environment, The Refugee Crisis, Eating Disorders & Food Waste. We'll hear from the charities, meet the talented filmmakers and stand together as a community for good.

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    VR Masterclass, The Mill, LA

    You will experience some of the most cutting edge VR (virtual reality) and Emerging Tech out there! The experts at the Mill will guide you through the different tech available and the innovative ways people are storytelling with it. You’ll also discuss how virtual reality will impact the ways we experience and interact with the world around us.

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    VR Masterclass, The Mill, New York

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    VR Masterclass, The Mill, London

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    It’ll be FUN, INSPIRING & MIND BOGGLING.The London attendees will get an extra special peek an exciting TOP SECRET VR PROJECT the Mill are about the launch.

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    Editorial Masterclass, Exile Edit, LA

    Come learn more about this craft by some of the most exciting editorial talents in the business!

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    Sound Designer's Studio Tour

    Visit the Dolby certified studio of 8 time Academy Award nominee Wylie Stateman in the coastal mountains of Southern California. Quentin Tarantino’s go-to sound designer will give you a Dolby Atmos demo and talk about his craft.

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    'People, Misunderstandings & Furniture’

    A Limited Series of Screen Prints by Nexus Director and Artist Nicolas Ménard.

    Confusion with furniture, heartfelt camaraderie, and other human studies. Screen Printed by the artist in two colours at Print Club London, on Fabriano paper. Exhibited at Chromatic Paris 2015 and Pictoplasma 2015.

    70cm X 100cm

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    Portfolio Sesh with Vice Design Director

    Have a working portfolio session (in person or via video call) with Dersu Rhodes, Design Director at Vice. Dersu will then take you for a tour of Vice HQ and introduce you to the likes of Dean Bradshaw, who will give you some advice about shooting your work.

    You can gift this reward (through us) to a talented person from an underprivileged background.

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    Interactive Tour of Vice HQ

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