HEINEKEN takes home record number of awards from the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity 2013

HEINEKEN has reinforced its strong creative credentials, with a total of 17 prestigious awards won at the 2013 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The record number of wins for the company included Heineken®’s first ever Grand Prix in Creative Effectiveness (¹) for its ‘Open Your World’ global integrated campaign and a Gold Lion PR for ‘The Candidate’, which was also selected for a TITANIUM and INTEGRATED BRONZE (²) award.

The ‘Legendary Journey’, part of the ‘Open Your World’ campaign (³), encapsulates Heineken®’s approach to asking its drinkers to live beyond their boundaries, inspiring men across the world to seek new experiences. The campaign was developed in partnership with Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam.

The Candidate’, created with Publicis Italy and activated by Edelman London, outlined the brand’s creative and unconventional approach to recruitment. It was released earlier this year and rapidly became a global viral and PR sensation, amassing 2.8m views within 7 days and unprecedented global media buzz.

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the world’s biggest celebration of creativity in communications. At this year’s event, more than 35,000 entries from 92 countries were showcased and judged.

Heineken®’s investment in design and innovation was also recognised and celebrated. Its futuristic igNITE bottle picked up Silver for its use of Exhibitions or Live Events and Bronze each for its Your Future Bottle and The Wall of Opportunities activations.

Alexis Nasard, Global Chief Marketing Officer and President Western Europe at HEINEKEN, commented: “We are delighted by this recognition. Creativity is a decision which entails risks. These awards, and more importantly, consumers’ choice at every consumption opportunityvindicate these decisions. Clients get the creativity they deserve from their agency partners, and we are thus thankful to both our agency partners and our employees for keeping the bar high, and keeping us and our brands part of the conversation’.

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