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MailChimp
"VeilHymn"
4 mins 35s
22 February 2017
USA Internet Based Services

MailChimp breaks into the music biz with an ambitious online promo from Veil Hymn. The ‘band’ actually comprises Blood Orange a.k.a. Devonte Hynes and Bryndon Cook, and their laidback jam is designed to ultimately redirect curious music fans to the email marketing company. Eagle-eyed viewers will also spot ‘MaleCrimp’ on a barber’s price list.

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MailChimp
"VeilHymn"
4 mins 35s
22 Feb 2017
MailChimp breaks into the music biz with an ambitious online promo from Veil Hymn. The ‘band’ actually comprises Blood Orange a.k.a. Devonte Hynes and Bryndon Cook, and their laidback jam is designed to ultimately redirect curious music fans to the email marketing company. Eagle-eyed viewers will also spot ‘MaleCrimp’ on a barber’s price list.

Walkers
"Champions League"
30s
17 Feb 2017
Given his beloved Leicester City’s current domestic woes, Gary Lineker must be fearing for their Champions League prospects. Still, he’s his usual cheeky self as Walkers promote their sponsorship of the competition. Animated flourishes lend an extra football flavour to those enjoying the brand’s new Sharing Packs.

Hula Hoops
"Bank Robber"
30s
17 Feb 2017
This stick-up artist picks the wrong branch of West Heath Bank to rob. While he tries his best Guy Ritchie routine, the cashier is still enjoying snack time. Fortunately, a show of hands - and an expertly munched Hula Hoop - is all it takes to thwart the would-be criminal. Some folk just aren't designed for the outlaw life.

Diesel
"Make Love Not Walls"
1 min 38s
15 Feb 2017
This film launching Diesel's 'Make Love Not Walls' campaign is hopeful, surreal, and flamboyant. But then, it's directed by famed photographer and Warhol protégé David LaChapelle, so why would we expect anything different? It stars 'bad boy of ballet' Sergei Polunin, who wanders through a wasteland until he comes across a mysterious wall (no word as to whether Mexico paid for it).

Ritz
"Balancing Act"
20s
15 Feb 2017
This 20" ad gives us a sneak peek at the Ritz kitchen. Once these scales are activated, we watch a selection of sliced and diced ingredients hover in mid-air, showing us just how precise their Crisp & Thins recipe is. Together with Alexander Armstrong’s glib VO and Michel Legrand’s ‘Di-Gue Ding Ding’, the product comes across as a classy snack option.

Finish
"Combinations"
40s
14 Feb 2017
Finish’s ‘Who Cleans The Cleaner?’ campaign continues to stand tall in this sector. This latest instalment focuses on, erm, fusion cuisine. Caesar salad and orange jelly, scrambled eggs with cat food, baby milk and tuna bake… no, it’s not a Heston Blumenthal set menu, it’s just some of the unedifying things that nestle beside one another in the dishwasher.

Galaxy
"The Chase"
90s
10 Feb 2017
According to Shakespeare, the course of true love never did run smooth... and now, according to Galaxy, it's probably also littered with arrow-filled corpses. Juan Cabral knows a thing or two about flogging chocolate so he was the obvious man to turn to when AMV needed a director for an ambitious script. The results are striking... in every sense.

Marks & Spencer
"Valentines"
20s
10 Feb 2017
This pair of pleasing 10s spots should entice shoppers to part with their cash for Marks and Sparks' Valentine's offerings. First up is food, which is gorgeously shot as ever and suggests a meal in for two can be just as delectable as a restaurant trip. Next are lush-looking roses, and the pair combined say your Valentine's extravaganza can have a price tag as low as £30.

The Sun
"Chessington"
30s
10 Feb 2017
How do you convey the idea that you'll have a lot of fun on a roller-coaster? By filming people telling you, of course... while they're on one! Britain's most popular newspaper has one of its special offers enabling readers to pick up free tickets for Chessington World of Adventures in exchange for tokens that come free with it.

McDonald's
"Steve"
60s
9 Feb 2017
This quirky spot for McDonalds has Steve - an employee at the fast food chain - trying to persuade Will (sitting next to him on the bus) that beef, the whole beef, and nothing but the beef goes into their burgers. When Will doesn't believe him, both they and the other passengers are transported to the processing plant which proves Steve's assertion. Stylishly done.

Stella Artois
"Elizabeth's Dream"
2 mins 51s
7 Feb 2017
Matt Damon introduces this short film for water.org in collaboration with Stella Artois by telling us that dreams can take a long time to happen. Not just for actors, but for anyone... and especially for women in countries where there is no clean running water. When they do have access, they have time to focus on their future - like seamstress Elizabeth.

GambleAware
"Online"
60s
9 Feb 2017
Online gambling can have hidden dangers beyond losing a few quid on the outcome of a football match, and this unsettling ad for GambleAware brings that home hard. The key to this film is a masterful vocal performance, as a man sitting on a young woman's desk speaks her inner thoughts aloud while she tries not to give in to the urge to gamble.

Ford Kuga
"Early Start"
30s
6 Feb 2017
Some people use an alarm clock to get them out of bed; this woman uses the unfortunately-named Ford Kuga. Indeed, the mere sight of the SUV somehow kickstarts her morning. Do they share some kind of psychic bond? It’s hard to say, but the ad suggests this is the ideal vehicle for those on the go while everyone else grapples with the snooze button.

UNICEF
"Harry and Ahmed"
2 mins 05s
8 Feb 2017
This thoughtful UNICEF film reminds us that time doesn’t necessarily heal everything. Harry and Ahmed are separated by decades, yet united by hardship. Side by side, the two describe their respective ordeals. Faces, countries, and technologies may change, but the language of suffering remains the same. When Harry and Ahmed’s stories overlap, the humbling effect is compounded.

Pukka Pies
"Mum"
30s
6 Feb 2017
Quiet Storm kick off their new campaign for Pukka Pies with this amusing ad. A mum is so distracted by the taste of her all-steak pie that bad news rolls off her without a care - something her family take advantage of. They wait for her to go for the Pukka before sharing their failures ('everything... even art!') as she munches away happily to an appropriate soundtrack of 'Don't Worry, Be Happy'.

KFC
"Teambuilding"
30s
2 Feb 2017
This KFC ad will bring back unpleasant memories for some as we follow Kate and her colleagues enduring a company retreat. “Smells like team spirit”, the Southern-fried VO claims. Looks more like hypothermia. Of course, it isn’t rafting in sub-zero waters that brings them together - it’s the fast food chain’s new Double Bucket meal.

Volvo
"The Get Away Car"
2 mins 51s
30 Jan 2017
The words of the late Alan Watts echo through this Volvo film. As Watts encourages us to live in the moment, we see modern types decide the time has come to reconnect with their true passions. The familiar imagery is given extra heft by the philosopher's 1959 speech. Mind you, we can’t help but wonder if the car brand took inspiration from this YouTube video.

MailChimp
"MailShrimp"
60s
30 Jan 2017
Who knew shrimp could hold a tune? They can if this entertaining MailChimp ad is anything to go by. A shrimp proves he’s more than just a sandwich filling by serenading a mailroom employee on his lunch break. “One day, I know I’ll become MailShrimp”, he croons. Thanks to one big chomp, the prawn achieves his bizarre goal.

moneysupermarket.com
"Gaffer"
30s
25 Jan 2017
moneysupermarket.com have introduced a new character into their well-choreographed mix as a gaffer turns up to urge the construction workers back to their building site. In keeping with the brand's motif, she's on the larger side and we can't help worrying that some will feel they're being invited to laugh at her because of it.

MailChimp
"JailBlimp"
60s
24 Jan 2017
Another zany scenario from MailChimp sees a girl take aim at a blimp piñata. While her party guests watch in awe, she swings away. It’s a direct hit… allowing dozens of tiny prisoners to make their dash for freedom. All those hours spent tweaking the brand name in unexpected ways has paid off. Plus, you can beat jelly wobbling in mid-air.

MailChimp
"KaleLimp"
60s
24 Jan 2017
We can imagine vegans will be deeply conflicted by this bizarre ad for email marketing company MailChimp. Now we know where kale really comes from. These upmarket diners order something called “KaleLimp”. We’re then transported to a swimming pool with some rather unusual patrons: dogs made of kale. Well, we are always told to wash vegetables before consumption.

Short Films
"Charlie Cloudhead"
8 mins
20 Jan 2017
This short film by Rupert Cresswell gives us an insight into the life of Charlie - a man with a lot on his mind. We meet the long-suffering chap during an awkward dinner with his wife, a cloud literally hanging over his head as he frets about such issues as scheduling stress, being pressed over his yearly bonus, and accidentally saying things like "You're still a very attractive woman" to his wife - yikes.

Marks & Spencer
"Dine In"
10s
17 Jan 2017
Marks and Sparks bring back their dine in for a tenner deal in this brief spot. The offer of an indulgently tasty ready meal with free plonk is sure to provide a pick-me-up in the middle of a dreary January, and the food photography is - as ever - something to be admired.

Lidl
"Kale"
20s
16 Jan 2017
Lidl continue to tackle tweets from members of the public who wish to express their erroneous assumptions about the supermarket - in this case 'Amanda' is convinced that veg is so cheap there because it's 'the reject stuff'. We're shown a wholesome kale farmer explaining why his hand-harvested produce proves her wrong.

Nike
"Believe In More"
2 mins
13 Jan 2017
This short film for Nike was conceived, created, and directed by avant-garde creative powerhouse and musician FKA Twigs. The grungy-beautiful two minute spot advertises Nike's new Spring Zonal Strength Tights, which are shown off to great effect by athletic dance moves from the likes of Olympic fencer Miles Chamley-Watson and krump dancer Saskia Horton.

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