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Inaugural Casting Awards

on Feb 27, 2017 in News and Events

The CDA are proud to announce the nominees for the Inaugural Casting Awards, which will take place in London on 17th March 2017.

The nominees are:

Best Casting of an Online Commercial:

– Hannah Birkett for Scope ‘End The Awkward’

– Ali Fearnley for Samsung ‘Best Present Ever’

– Brendan McNamara for Pampers Unicef ‘Amazing Babies’

Best Street Casting of a Commercial:

– Brendan McNamara for Boots ‘Gift Of Beauty’

– Mark Summers for Pearson Education ‘Inspiring Teachers’

– Amanda Tabak for The Co-Op ‘Ask’

Best Casting of a UK Commercial:

– Hannah Birkett for Money Supermarket – Price Comparison Website ‘Epic Squads’

– Ali Fearnley for The Green Party ‘Grown Up Politics’

– Tree Petts for Worcester Bosch ‘The Long Day’

Best Casting of a Short Film:

– Shakyra Dowling for ‘The Nest’

– Leanne Flinn for ‘Marina and Adrienne’

– Amanda Tabak for ‘Balcony’

Best Casting of a Feature Film:

– Camilla Arthur for ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ (Authentic and Celebrity Casting)

– Shakyra Dowling  for ‘Spaceship’

– Brendan McNamara for‘The Fitzroy’

Best Casting Stills:

– Kate Evans for Tesco ‘Bring It On’

– Leanne Flinn & Camilla Arthur for Selfridges ‘EveryBody’

– Sue Odell for Princes Trust ‘Parallel Lives’

Best Casting of an International Commercial:

– Kate Evans for IKEA ‘ Meet the start of the new Ikea Catalogue’

– Ali Fearnley for Clash Royale ‘Rules of The Duel’

– Tree Petts for Seat Leon ‘Imaginary Friend’

An independent panel of expert, industry jury will select the winners in each category. Sitting on the panel are:

– Gabe Blair (United Agents Commercials Department)

– Matt Buels (Managing Partner Hungryman)

– Steve Davies (Chief Executive, APA)

– Paul Gay (TV, Film and Commercials Director)

– Ella Sanderson (Senior Producer, Partizan)

– Jason Solomons (Film Critic)

– Charley Stadler (Commercials Director)

– Mark Waites (Founder & Creative Director, Mother)

Winners will be announced at the Casting Awards ceremony on Friday 17th March, which will take place at The Crypt of St Etheldreda’s. We are delighted that our host for the evening will be comic actress and writer Sally Phillips.

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