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The PIAF 2016 dates are set

02/11/2015 The 8th edition of PIAF will be held on 24 to 26 May 2016. We expect the Call for Entries to begin in early February, shortlists will be known in early May. Currently we are setting up the Jury and working on the concept of the conference program, which we will publish gradually starting at the beginning of 2016.

Prague International Advertising Festival announces winners

27/05/2015The 2015 Prague International Advertising Festival jury has given out almost 50 awards to agencies from 10 countries of the world, from Columbia to the United Arab Emirates. The Czech Republic earned 15 of the 49 prizes given out.
"It's a very encouraging result for Czech commercial communications. It's not just about the awards, but at this conference we saw numerous pieces through which local independent agencies managed to draw the interest of large companies abroad, "says Marek Hlavica, Director of PIAF.
Even the jury chairman, Ramzi Moutran, Creative Director at the agency MEMAC Ogilvy in Dubai, was impressed with the high level of the campaigns that won.
This was the 6th edition of the Prague International Advertising Festival and it also included a 2-day international conference.

Attention, please!

Tickets for the conference and the award ceremony will be available only till Monday 12.00 a.m.! Tick tock tick tock :)

PIAF 2015 shortlists

14/05/2015When the PIAF jury meets in Prague on May 25th and 26th, they will award prizes to only 
some of the 105 shortlisted entries.
“This year’s shortlisting was really not typical. But the fact jurors had very different 
opinions guarantees a lively debate over the decision-making,” says Marek Hlavica, PIAF 
Director, over the results of the online judging. The most successful countries in terms of the 
number of works on the shortlist are Russia, the Czech Republic, Germany, the United Arab 
Emirates and Hungary. This also more or less reflects the total number of entries from each 
country. The increase in Russian entries can also be attributed to the inclusion of PIAF to the 
national rating of creativity. The most successful agency with 16 works shortlisted is BBDO 
Dubai. Check out the complete shortlist here.

Film producers at PIAF

13/05/2015Meeting with young directors, practical advice and opinion exchanges on audiovisual creation, you can experience all of this at PIAF on Tuesday afternoon. Indeed, the Association of Producers in Audiovision (APA) added a special workshop to the PIAF program. And what’s more, the Shots in the Dark show (a free screening on Tuesday evening) will conclude with the Young Directors Award’s competition winner showreel, with the appearance of Czech guests. APA then invites everyone to the Lido-APA party at the club Avion.


07/05/2015Our jurors just started to work very cautiously on the shortlisting. Chosen works will be announced on May 13th. We are crossing our fingers!

Final final deadline!

13/04/2015You really want the Bird, don't you? Then hurry up! We are extending for the last time! The final date is April 20th

Think Digital

23/03/2015ATL and digital campaigns are still often created independently. But do clients separate in their brain the information obtained through phone and computer from those they get on television and billboards? Not at all. Myles Lord, Creative Director of Europe’s legendary agency Heimat, and Yonathan Domnitz (Mindscapes) will speak on traditional media in the era of digital.

Independent against global

23/03/2015 The fierce battle for the market between independent and global agencies will be one of the topics of the PIAF conference. Julian Boulding, founder of the open chain of independent agencies "thenetworkone", will speak about the causes and consequences of the onset of independent agencies. Creative Director of the agency Amsterdam 180 Al Moseley will discuss the shift from globalization to multiculturalism in commercial communication. Michal Nydrle will show for the first time in a case study that the agency can work without a fee – for a share in profits. The final discussion with clients will certainly be exciting.

Early birds, register now!

03/03/2015Tickets for the PIAF conference, held on May 26th and 27th in the Trade Fair Palace are now available. The 2-day event full of workshops and presentations with 30 speakers from over 10 countries of the world will be divided into three thematic blocks. One block will be devoted to efficiency and to the direct impact of creativity on performance; another block will focus on the shift in our way of thinking in the time of transition from Analog to Digital. Particular attention will be devoted to the phenomenon of independent agencies and their place on the market. Among the speakers you can expect Creative Director of the German Heimat Myles Lord and Wieden Kennedy‘s strategist Nick Docherty, Creative Strategist Ryszard Sroka from Facebook, Head of Social Media at Sony Tim Lion or the Director of ZOO – Google’s creative agency – Mailine Swildens. Although the full program will be disclosed in March, you can already order Exclusive Passes with attractive discounts. These will allow you to attend all the workshops and presentations, as well as the AKA Best Agency of the Year ceremony and the closing party. Order here.

The Parkhotel is offering a special PIAF price!

03/03/2015The Parkhotel is an unmistakable architectural icon of the 60s. It is undergoing a complete renovation to regain its former glory and fame as the first modern hotel in Czechoslovakia (opened in 1967). Located right across from the National Gallery, it is the ideal accommodation for PIAF participants from outside of Prague. The Parkhotel will also host our foreign guests. Take advantage of the special offer, buy a PIAF ticket and get your lodgings a mere minute from all the PIAF action at an unbeatable price. Details here.

Call for entries!

03/02/2015 You can now enter your campaigns to PIAF, the system is open. Jurors from 9 countries and 12 major agencies and companies are awaiting your innovative pieces. Check out their profiles here. Although the deadline is April 4th, don’t wait for the last minute and avoid stress in case of technical problems.
If you’re not sure which category to choose or if you have difficulties with the system, contact us at entries@piafawards.com or call the help line at +420 234721250.
Shortlists will be published in the first half of May and the winners will be announced on the festival’s last day, on May 27th. The PIAF results are reflected in the global ranking PIAFYS (PIAFindYourSelf), which follows over 3 thousand creatives from around the world.

The PIAF jury is almost complete

13/01/2015Even thoughthere is still a month to go before the Call for entries is announced, the PIAF juryis almost complete. Some of the Jurors will also appear as Speakers at the PIAF conference (May 26thand 27th 2015). Every year we endeavor to puttogether experienced festival jurorswith young guns and client representatives. This time the team will include personalities from the agencies Heimat, Weiden &Kennedy, Leo Burnett,Saatchi & Saatchi, FCB, Young & Rubicam,and more. The PIAF 2015 Jury Chairman is Ramzi Moutran, Creative Director at Memac Ogilvy & Mather inthe United Arab Emirates. Check out his professional profile,as well as profilesof other as-of-yet known jurors here.

We will give you the bird! Maybe…

13/01/2015 This year’s PIAF design was created by the Agency Hullaballoo, based in Prague, with offices in Russia and Poland. The agency, which has succeeded in making its way to global clients, is an interesting alternative to large agency networks in Central Europe.
The central motif for the PIAF 2015 creative concept is the PIAF trophy itself – the bird. It was given to many a great personality from the world of creativity, who have won at PIAF in the past. Of course in slang English, the phrase "to give the bird" has quite another meaning.

PIAF 2015 with Hullaballoo

02/12/2014 The Hullaballoo agency based in Prague will be the author of the PIAF 2015 creative concept. The agency collaborates with clients not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Russia and Poland. Among its clients are BMW, Henkel, L´Oreal, Metaxa and more. In 2014, the agency became TBWA’s branch in Prague.
“We were very happy when PIAF asked us to help them promote this fabulous festival and we are having a great time doing it,” says Jiří Pleskot, Creative Partner at Hullaballoo.

PAFYS up-date

02/12/2014 The PIAFindYourSelf ranking has entered the 2014/15 season, we are publishing the first intermediate order which reflects the results of the Moscow International Advertising Festival, Spikes Asia and Loerie. The leading spots are held by 4 creatives from the agency Lowe China Shanghai, who scored in several categories with the campaign Shanghai General Motors.
Check out the whole ranking here.

New dates announced for PIAF 2015

03/11/2014 The International Advertising Festival PIAF will be held on the last week of May 2015. It will start on May 25th with a jury session and will culminate on May 27th with the Award Ceremony, the AKA Agency of the Year Award, and of course the roof-top party on the Trade Fair Palace. A busy conference program, relying on foreign speakers, is already in the making, the conference will take place Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th.
The call for entries’ deadline will be on April 3rd 2015, shortlists will be known about 2 weeks before PIAF starts.

PIAFYS 2013/14 annual ranking

03/11/2014 The PIAFYS 2013/14 season culminated with the Cannes Lions in June. The duo John Mescall and Pat Baron from McCann Australia had been at the top 2 spots for quite some time, and even after Cannes they managed to finish way ahead of the others. Surprisingly, the usual American and European representatives are missing from this year’s Top 10. Traditionally strong Brazilians are this time accompanied in the top positions by creatives from Japan and Dubai. Thanks to the award-winning campaign for the John Lewis brand, 3 creatives from the agency Adam & Eve DDB made it to the top 10. The closest European – Chris Garbut from Ogilvy France (Jury President PIAF 2013) – holds the 13th position.
Czech creatives are represented by Jamie Mandelbaum, from Young&Rubicam’s Czech branch, at the 178th position.
PIAFYS is the widest global creative ranking, it takes into account the results of 27 international creative competitions. It currently contains 3325 names of creatives from all over the world. The 2014/15 ranking is currently on-going, its status will be updated and published online on piafawards.com in the next weeks. This year we are replacing the Kiev festival with the Swiss Golden Award Montreux.

Hornbach, Bud and Samsung – the best of this year‘s PIAF

22/05/2014 The fifth Prague International Advertising Festival knows its winners. The most awarded campaign, Hornbach’s Hobbymarket campaign by the German agency Heimat, received 1 gold and 2 silver awards. The most awarded Czech campaign is The Bullet, by Havas Worldwide Prague for the Czech Helsinki Committee. It received a silver award in the category State and Public institutions and a bronze award in the category Storytelling.

The jury, led by Europe’s most awarded Creative director Alexander Schill from the German agency Serviceplan, didn’t award any Grand prix this year. According to Schill, all the entries that could aspire at getting a Grand Prix were missing some important aspect or other. Another juror, Arno Lindemann from Lukas Lindemann Rosinski, thought that another reason for not awarding this special prize was that the jury had a lot of time for the judging. The jurors could discuss all and every entry in detail and find faults even in the greatest ones.


18/05/2014We will close the reservation on-line system on Monday May 19th at 5p.m. You can still buy any kind of ticket at the reception desk during the festival starting Tuesday morning. Cash payment will be required and we will provide you with a tax deductible receipt. We can also send you an invoice if you provide all needed in formation.

The 2014 shortlist disclosed

09/05/2014The first round of judging has let 137 entries pass to the final.
This year, Czech agencies have surprisingly the highest number of shortlisted entries, closely followed by German agencies. The most successful agency in the number of shortlisted entries is the German Heimat. Check out the complete shortlists here. Among the candidates for the award you will find some of the world’s top agencies as well as interesting names from Hungary, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic and other countries. The Cannes Lions hot candidates will most probably be seen on screen at the Best of… show on May 21st (together with the Agency of the year). Details about the tickets to the festival here.

PIAFYS up-date

23/04/2014Search for yourself and your colleagues on PIAFYS after the latest update. We have just added to the ranking the Asia Pacific Advertising Festival. You can improve your position thanks to PIAF until April 24th.

For the first time at PIAF: Experts Notes

23/04/2014We asked 12 experienced marketers, strategists, creatives, PR specialists and planners to comment on the PIAF conference from their point of view. They will be sitting in the audience among everybody else and they will take notes, which will be marked by their personal experience and viewpoint. These records will then be available online. Don’t worry about taking notes, you can get them from your colleagues! These are listed here.

A new trophy is born

19/03/2014After several months of development, the new PIAF trophy has seen the light. It is based on the logo – an origami bird – and it honors the typical colors. This was possible thanks to the unique glass Vitrucell developed at the glassworks Lhotský in Pelechov. The gold, silver and bronze trophies differ by a small detail – the color of the cut, which symbolizes the beak. The author of the new design is Václav Řezáč. The glassworks Lhotský focus on artistic glass sculptures and produce most of their work abroad. After the Czech Lion awards, PIAF is their second recent significant client on the domestic market. It is all more important as the design’s author is directly from the Pelechov glassworks. The company will present several of its pieces at the PIAF conference.

The PIAF conference discloses its program

18/03/2014You can check out the preliminary program composed of seminars, lectures and workshops at this year's PIAF on our website, including the speakers’ profiles.
This year you can once again get ready for 2 days of concentrated know-how of the highest quality. We tried to draw up a program to reflect the changes in today’s communication, which affect both clients and providers of communication services. Experts in all the types of communication and marketing professions, who are keen to learn and grow professionally, will find inspiration and practical guidance for their work at PIAF.
Participants to the whole conference will receive the certificate "Up-dated in marketing and communication arts".
The evening program on May 20th is aimed at students and those interested in the field and attendance is free of charge. The award ceremony will also include the awarding of the prestigious AKA title Agency of the Year. After a several year forced break, the closing party is back on the roof of the Trade Fair Palace!
We remind that "early birds" are entitled to discounts, all the others can get discounts according to the number of bought tickets. You can order PIAF tickets through our online system.

Two new speakers at the PIAF conference!

10/03/2014The PIAF conference, which will be held in May, is announcing two new speakers - Pete Blakshaw from Nestlé and Alex Stil from Mindshare.
Before Nestlé, Pete Blackshaw was the CMO of NM Incite, a joint venture between Nielsen and McKinsey that integrated social insight into core business strategies. In his book “Satisfied Customers Tell Three Friends, Angry Customers Tell 3000: Running a Business in Today’s Consumer-Driven World” (Doubleday) Pete shares hundreds of experiences with Fortune 1000 companies working to improve the consumer conversation. While at P&G, he helped lead the company to Ad Age’s “1999 Interactive Marketer of the Year” distinction. He recently served as chairman of the board of the National Council of Better Business Bureaus and co-founded the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA). An Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) “Great Minds” award winner, Pete is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Alex Stil is Mindshare’s EMEA digital leader, currently responsible for leading, managing, and developing all digital services across 50+ countries. He leads a community of digital employees across digital capabilities such as strategy, mobile, social marketing, paid search and performance marketing. He also oversees the global development of mobile and programmatic for Mindshare. Recently he was nominated Online Media Man of the Year and he is ranked in the top 100 most influential people in media in the Netherlands. He has received numerous industry honors such as the Spin awards (interactive), Amma Agency of the Year (twice), Dutch Search Engine Marketing award, Dutch email marketing award.

More star speakers at the conference

10/03/2014George Prest, Creative Director at the London agency R/GA, comes from a now world famous new type of agency. The transformation of services for clients will be the topic of his presentation at the PIAF conference. According to him, clients used to have two agencies – one that was talking about advertising (ATL) and the second one that did the advertising (online). The strategy came from ATL agencies, and digital agencies executed it. Today there is a demand for a third wave of agencies that can handle both and for which online will be a natural environment. Prest states flatly this controversial opinion and adds that "the agency R/GA London is that agency and I will prove it in my presentation". Pierre Woreczek has over 20 years of experience in marketing, research and development and advertising, including working in Jacobs Suchard, Cadbury Schweppes and eight years in advertising. He is now responsible for sustainability, marketing, food strategy and sports partnerships in McDonald’s Europe. He is also leading the Consumer & Business Insights and Design Studio. McDonald’s is one of the leading innovators in the field of communication and marketing. Therefore Pierre’s view on the present and future of the industry and the McDonald’s brand strategy will be among the highlights of the conference. Walter Susini joined Unilever in January 2012 as Vice President Global Brands Creative and design excellence. Appointed to create a new creative and innovative culture inside the Marketing team. With his presentation at PIAF he will explain what it means, what steps he had to undertake and what results he achieved. He used his experience gained in his own company Alexandria - Land of generous ideas, that focused on branding and innovation. Before that, he worked for five years as Regional and Global Creative excellence Director for The Coca-Cola Company, during which time he developed some of the most famous campaigns of the last fifteen years, including campaigns such as Coke side of life.

First PIAF conference speakers announced!

28/02/2014PIAF is starting to disclose the program of its conference on May 20th and 21st. Tickets will be available starting in March.
The chairman of the jury and the most awarded Creative Director in Europe Alexander Schill is calling “No More Advertising, Please!” He will try to answer the question of what to do at a time when traditional advertising is outdated.
Another internationally renowned creative star is Mouzannar Bechara, Creative Director at Leo Burnett MENA. He will have 40 minutes to explain the steps taken to transform Leo Burnett Beirut into one of the most creative agencies of the world. Arno Lindemann is the star of independent creativity and partner of the agency Lukas Lindemann Rosinski. Storytelling is a communication method which goes back thousands of years. What forms has it taken in today's world?
The fourth juror and also speaker of this year’s PIAF is Ivan Pols, Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather London. He’s worked on three continents doing everything from graphic design and art direction, to web and interaction design, illustration and occasional IT support. He will introduce an innovative case-study for the brand Philips.
The complete program of the conference will be published in March.

Enter your work

07/02/2014 We have just announced the Call for entries for PIAF 2014. The shortest way to register is through this link. If you are not yet familiar with the PIAF innovative categories, we recommend you take a look at the short videos and the explanation for each category, including the examples. You could also use as a guideline the gallery of winning entries from past years.
Starting this year, registration fees can be paid by bank card through Paypal. You will receive a standard invoice following your payment.
The Call for entries deadline is April 4th 2014.

PIAF discloses the 2014 jury


The jury will judge entries in all categories in 2 rounds. The first round consists in shortlisting all the entries, the shortlists will be published online by mid-May. The classic judging session will then take place on May 19thand 20th, as per usual in a former 19th century synagogue, hidden in a courtyard close to the festival venue. You will get the chance to meet the jurors personally during the conference, as many of them will have a keynote presentation there. Or you can chat with them at the closing party on the roof of the functionalist monument – the Trade Fair Palaceon May 21st.

Many of the jurors work for the biggest world communication networks. We have also however included representatives of progressive independent agencies, whose success and influence keep growing. The jury also presents representatives of brands that bet on creativity in their communication – Carlsberg, McDonalds and Unilever. The delegate for Czech creativity is the new ADC Czech president Radouane HadjMoussa.

Check out all the jurors’ professional profiles here.

The 2014 jury president is Alexander Schill from Serviceplan

05/02/2014The most awarded European creative director is coming to PIAF a second time next year. Two years ago he was a member of the jury led by Gideon Amichay. Next year he will stand at its head. The agency Serviceplan, led by Alexander Schill, has grown considerably in recent years and has become the largest independent agency in Europe. Alex has won over 30 Cannes Lions and he holds the third place in worldwide ranking of Chief Creative Officer (Big Won). He stands 9th at PIAFYS for the year 2012/13. Serviceplan holds the same position among the most creative agencies of the world (Big Won). The agency operates offices in nine countries around the world, its clients include BMW, Lufthansa and O2.

A creative award for students

05/02/2014The State agency CzechTourism has announced a creative contest for the best campaign to promote the Czech Republic as a tourist destination for students of European universities. Participation is open to students especially in marketing, economics and art universities from European countries. The winner will be elected by the PIAF jury and will be announced at the Best of ... 2014. The finalists will attend the festival free of charge. The winner will be rewarded with a financial prize of 8,800 Euro. Further information here.

PIAF 2014 is taking place from May 19th to 21st

23/12/2013As is custom with PIAF, the first day will be devoted to the judging session. The international conference will then be held on the following 2 days. It will once again present the most interesting recent campaigns as well as their creators. The burning issue of public interest campaigns – especially state campaigns made by public contract - will be reopened. The entire festival program will culminate with a showcase of winning entries.

Baron and Mescall once again at the top of PIAFYS

23/12/2013Prague - Pat Baron (pictured) and John Mescall are leading the largest global ranking of creatives at the start of the new 2013/2014 season. After taking into account the results of the festivals Cresta Awards, Golden Drum, Loerie, MIAF and Spikes Asia, almost 750 professionals have already made it to the ranking PIAFindYourSelf. It is no surprise that at this point, Asian and Russian creatives have a strong presence. The European creative stage, including Alexander Schill, who was the top ranked European creative last year (9th) and will be presiding over the PIAF2014 jury, has not yet started building up its position at PIAFYS. Check out the full
ranking here.

PIAFYS takes into account 26 international festivals in total. The season ends with the results of the Cannes Lions 2014. PIAFYS is regularly updated. Last season, 3500 professionals made it to PIAFYS, the first 2 names on the ranking were Pat Baron and John Mescall from McCann Australia.

Conference Record Breaker

Over 400 people attended the PIAF conference this year.  The first day opened the important topic of communications of state administration and public institutions.  The advertising field communicated its aim at creating guidelines for public tenders and a general price list for communications services which would assist clients in being able to identify worthless offers.

The second day was high quality and aimed at emotions in advertising.  Several times during the day we were reminded that standard methods of one-way communication are lacking or not effective.  MVP agency’s experience with the presidential campaign of Karel Schwarzenberg stuck out among the flow of case studies and trendy presentations.  We also heard that advertising is now more responsible than before and can be a tool for making the world a better place and was backed by several campagins.  Chris Nann from the German Serviceplan when he announced that the digital project connecting people in Europe and Africa with the help of technology got the Bill Gates Foundation grant.

PIAF Gave Out 48 Awards


"People generally hate advertisements.  The winners of PIAF awards are different," says Chris Garbutt, the jury president and Chief Creative Officer of the French branch of Ogilvy.  "Clients often want ideas that they know work.  We, however, awarded innovation and new ideas.  A good advertisement must be unexpected.  Every good campaign brings us one step closer to ridding advertisements of their bad reputation," said Garbutt before the PIAF award ceremony.

The live rock PIAF „theme song“ opened the evening PIAF awards program followed by a quick showing of all awarded work.  The focus of the evening was not on the awarding formalities but focused more on the actual showcase of Best of…work.  The Czech and Slovak work naturally got the most applause in addition to the two Russian representatives of Red Pepper, the winners of the longest legs in heels category.

The jury awarded 48 prizes.  The grand prix was not given as the rules for the grand prix are very difficult as the work must be complex and must score in several categories.  The judging this year was the longest in the history of PIAF and lasted deep into the evening hours.  Chris Garbutt commended the jury where in addition to top creatives there were also super high class worldwide marketers.  This mix allows for a debate of a new quality.

Finalists Announced


The PIAF jury announced shortlists in all fourteen categories.  This year 100 agencies from 24 countries entered 360 entries.  PIAF received entries from 5 agencies in Brazil and many new entries from the French market (a market never really represented at PIAF in the past).  More work from Slovakia as well, 40 entries in all.  PIAF’s entry in the Hungarian national rating brought entries up to 9.  The most exotic entries were from Arab Emirates and Korea.  Czech work was represented as a third of all entries.  The categories with the most entries were Flash Impact, Storytelling, Principle of Game and Audience Engagement.  49 Czech and 13 Slovak entries were shortlisted.  The biggest stakes are riding on Ogilvy Group, Young & Rubicam, Kaspen/Jung von Matt and Havas.  Work from Russia, France, USA and Hungary were also successful.  See shortlists here.

PIAF Shall dance - Special DJ set


Work then Play  – after both days of PIAF! It is the first year that the visitors of the evening programme Shots in the Dark won't have to head home after the show. The bar in the festival's foyer will stay open and we may even dance! A special DJ set created from the  hudebnibanka.cz database will play until at least midnight. Shots in the Dark are on Tuesday 21 May from 19.30 and entry is free. More on the program here. Festival-goers will hear the same music show (longer version) after the second day of the festival as well.

"Our DJ will play produced music in an original set combining genres and modern sound.  PIAF attendees will have direct access to the hudebnibanka.cz database," says Jan J. Nedved, the executive of Studio Fontana.

The database contains over 300,000 songs from all genres from Arabian Folklore to Classics to contemporary dance.

PIAF Final Final Deadline 25th April

18/04/2013Competitors will have until 25 April to enter their work into PIAF, the international creative competition. The international jury, led by Chris Garbutt (Ogilvy France) will make their decisions on May 21 and 22 in Prague.  The PIAF judging system allows for any innovative work whether ATL, BTL, media planning, sales support, design or brand creation to be entered.  Special categories this year are aimed at best beer commercials and state and public institution tenders. For more info about awards please click here.

The Prague Mayor has given his letter of auspices to PIAF 2013


Bohuslav Svoboda, the Mayor of Prague again gave his letter of auspices to PIAF and has promised to attend the festival during its opening conference block called "In the Public's Interest" which will address communications of state administration and public institutions.

The City of Prague is a main client for communications projects and campaigns and this is why we are happy to have Radka Hrstkova, the magistrate's communications manager, present in the closing discussion on the future and legislative conditions of communications in the public's interest in the Czech Republic.

For more info about programme, please click here.

Our conference is busting at the seams


Tuesday – the first day of the conference will be exciting.  We have 5 interactive workshops and the first conference block.  This time we have decided to limit the workshop capacity to allow for the active participation of the listeners.
The icing on the cake will be a workshop by the former creative director -multimedia for the American legendary Rolling Stone magazine. This workshop is suited for art directors and creatives in addition to representatives of print media. The same day we have prepared a conference block on communications of state and public institutions.  In addition to inspirational campaigns, we will also have a look at how this sector works abroad and how it works in the Czech Republic.  The US Ad Council, which has been producing public service campaigns since WWII will present its American model.  On the evening of the first day will again show the Shots in the Dark – a free show reel for the public.

The second day will be dedicated to emotions in current communications and marketing.  We will hear from top marketers from brands such as Absolut, Adidas and KLM. You can also look forward to a presentation from our PIAF Jury President Chris Garbutt of Ogilvy France or Christoph Nann of one of the most creative agencies in the world – German Serviceplan.  Will Rust will be the conference moderator.  PIAF is scheduled for 21 and 22 May this year.  A detailed programme will be announced at the end of March.

Jury President Chris Garbutt


His Europcar campaign with crashed cars was enjoyed by thousands on Youtube.  He won countless awards at international festivals and under his leadership Ogilvy France became the Eurobest Agency of the Year twice.  He claims to be obsessed with the future of advertising.  An ideal trait for the PIAF jury President – Chris Garbutt, Chief Creative Officer Ogilvy France.  Another interesting face in the jury is Adrian Botan, Vice President Creative Excellence McCann WorldGroup for Central and Eastern Europe.  Last year PIAF welcomed Alexander Schill from Serviceplan Germany, while this year, Christoph Nann will come to Prague sporting the „European creative superstar“ jersey. Sweden will send Magnus Jakobsson of DDB Stockholm, the creator of many actual winning campaigns, to Prague.

    In line with PIAF’s main idea that creativity adds value whether it is from client or agency we will welcome top marketers to our jury.  Serdar Sirin Ekrem, Advertising Director at Turkish Airlines was awarded the title International Marketer of the Year.  Sebastian Billing as a global director of the iconic Absolut brand will be joining us in Prague for the second year in a row.  Alexander Matt holds a similar position, Global Marketing Director, but his company is Adidas Originals.  ACD Czech nominated Jitka Bret-Srbova, Associate Creative Director of Young and Rubicam Praha. See profiles of all jurors here.

    PIAF will announce shortlists by mid May and on 20 May the jury will meet in Prague for final decision-making.  Winners will be announced at the Best of…PIAF on 22 May in the National Gallery -  Veletržní palace.  The jury will make all the decisions on winners in each category.  This is what keeps the competition level balanced.  Work can already be submitted now.  The deadline is 4 April.

Call for entries


You can send your entries into PIAF 2013’s twelve innovative categories up until 4 April. It is the third year in a row that our international jury headed this year by Chris Garbutt (more info on jurors here) will decide on winners of the best beer ad and state and public institutions.    

We are thrilled that PIAF has established itself enough to be accepted by Hungary into its national rating system and that AKA (the Czech Association of Communications Agencies) raised PIAF’s points to the level of international festivals such as Golden Drum.  I think that the standard of our jury and winning entries reflects this,“ said the festival’s Managing Director, Marek Hlavica.

The jury will announce shortlists by mid-May. The jury deliberations will begin at the start of the two-day PIAF conference.  Winners will be announced at the Best of….PIAF on 22 May in Veletržní palace.

PIAF in Hungarian Agency of the Year


We got great news from Budapest. László Aczél, President of the Hungarian Association of Advertising Agencies and CEO of Y&R Budapest states:

„It is our pleasure to announce that at our last meeting we included PIAF among the main festivals in the Region and included PIAF in our rating system.  We are aware of the effort you have put into making this festival different and prestigious and we want to support you further in our agency community.”

Many thanks for the support.  Hungarian agencies got a total of 8 awards at PIAF. Last year one was silver and one bronze.

PIAF 2013 has a date


Next year PIAF will again be held in May.  The jury will meet on Monday 20 May and the conference will follow on Tuesday 21 May and Wednesday 22 May.  On Wednesday evening we will hold the official celebratory announcement of the competition results.  The competition will be opened at the end of January/beginning of February.  PIAF 2013 preparations are officially underway.

Alexander Schill at the top


Alexander Schill, the Chief Creative Officer of the German agency Serviceplan and member of the PIAF 2012 jury made his way to the top of the annual PIAFYS ranking, which maps and includes accomplishments from June of 2011 to July of 2012.  Another PIAF 2012 juror and last year's PIAFYS winner, Luiz Sanches (Creative Director of Almap BBDO Brazil) made it into the top 10.

PIAFYS is a global creative ranking comprised and updated on the basis of information from public sources. Awards from 26 international festivals are included in the PIAFYS ranking.  There were 3,340 creatives included in the ranking of PIAFYS 2011/2012.  For the final results and to find your position in the ranking, please look here.  PIAFYS 2013 is underway and already includes results of festivals from this Summer and the beginning of Fall.  Check your actual placement here.

PIAF created new slogan for Prague


We are proud to announce the best slogan for the city of Prague, which came from our special contest! PIAF’s international jury evaluated a total of 252 entries from 31 countries. The winning slogan was „Dear Prague,..“ created by Jakub Vysloužil from Hradce Králové. The jury did not judge the slogan‘s graphic design but rather its wording which paraphrased the letter’s salutation or its confidential and intimate relationship with the addressee (Prague).

„We agreed with the Prague City Hall to hand over all entries to the City. If any of the entries were interesting to them, they can contact the author and begin a cooperation. Our competition is not binding for the City of Prague in any way,“ adds Marek Hlavica, managing director, PIAF. The only requirement was the award for the winner: a weekend trip to Prague. The other shortlisted work came from Italy, The Netherlands, Hungary, Czech Republic and Portugal. The City of Prague has supported PIAF ever since it started in 2010.


30/04/2012Today, being creative is not enough. Prague International Advertising Festival awarded work which goes beyond the usual "boxes" and is truly innovative. The Jury led by Gideon Amichay awarded the Grand Prix to the Lego "Builders of Sound" by Serviceplan Germany. A special machine was built from Lego for the launch of the new feature film Star Wars in 3D in Germany. Alexander Schill, Chief Creative Offices of Serviceplan, commented: "Lego is a fantastic client, because the product is fantastic, everybody knows it and loves it. What we aim in our work is to push creativity and be very innovative. With Lego, you should never build the same piece, even with the same bricks you have"
Check the full showcase of „out of the box“ work from Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Slovakia, India and Spain here.

Gideon Amichay: creativity changes life for the better

20/04/2012Before the PIAF Jury meets in Prague to choose the best out of the box work, we asked the Jury President and Key Note Speaker Gideon Amichay few questions.
This year PIAF has decided to revolutionize award categories by eliminating distinctions between advertising on traditional and new media. Do you think it makes no sense to distinguish the two?
Gideon: I think that great work can be done in both. It's good to honor big ideas coming from traditional advertising, although personally my heart is with innovation.
What does creativity mean for you today?
Gideon: The ability to change life for the better.
What are the most innovative forms of unconventional marketing today?
Gideon: I think Google is doing some great thinking to help marketing these days. I believe Facebook is about to set a different arena for brands and true engagement. I'm looking forward the Olympic games in London, which I'm sure will be a great platform for unconventional marketing.
How important is digital and how much difficulty will big agencies have in adapting their creativity to new media?
Gideon: Digital is important because it has changed the world for the better. It´s ability lies with achieving good results for brands, but it´s greatness lies with the benefits it creates for people. I don’t think we need to "adapt" our creativity. With digital we have so many possibilities to create, to touch people, to engage them and simply to do so much more than ever before. That's why it isn't about "adapting", but about exploring.
(for www.ninjamarketing.it)

PIAF Awards shortlist released!

16/04/2012This is what you have been waiting for. Check out the finalists of the most innovative advertising contest at the most ambitious festival - PIAF 2012. Alltogether 116 entries from 20 countries made it into the final. They received at least the same number of votes for and against from our Jury. Shortlisted entries will be awarded by PIAF Certificate. Among shortlisted work are top agencies from Australia, Brasil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UAE and United Kingdom
Key dates:
PIAF Conference                   25-26th April
Awards ceremony                26th April

Secure your ticket today!
During the Award ceremony "Best of PIAF" we will also be announcing the winners of our out of the box game on Facebook and the hopefully also the new international slogan for Prague. Where to go in the evenings? The first festival day you can visit the Shots in the Dark (free entry), the second day join the afterparty in the festival venue - Veletržní palác

Great jury is waiting for your entries. NOw!

02/03/2012Now it´s serious. From February 1st the call for entries starts and you have five weeks to complete your entries. Your "out of the box" ideas deserve a contest, which changes the old rules of advertising festivals. If you have an award winning idea you trust, you might need another idea to win the award. Find some tips how to make a great entry at PIAF below.

However big or small your idea is, it deserves the greatest out of the box Jury. We have more stars to come to the Jury and to the conference too. AlmapBBDO, Droga5, Saatchi&Saatchi London, Serviceplan, Wrangler, Absolut Vodka, T-Mobile, and more.

Mindshare helps PIAF with media coverage


Communication of this year‘s PIAF has been prepared in close cooperation with Mindshare media agency. PIAF should appear in print, OOH, radio and digital, chirrup to applicant as well as to clients and finally help all creative and interested people to hatch out on the right place.

How to make your entry: Ten things to think about

31/01/2012Dejan Štajnberger, creative director of VCCP Prague, on what makes good entry:
1. Think about hard work. American Rom was one of the best campaigns of 2011. It took  2,5 mounts to edit the case study video!
2. Think PC screen big. Biggest ideas can be missed, if they appear in small copy on the screen.
3. Think movie trailer. Decide, if you case study video is going to be a drama, triller or comedy…
4. Think about actors, friends... just never let your creative people appear in your video as passerby, audience etc. This is a fake.
5. Think about details. But don´t mention all numbers. You want to be the interesting person, not the one, who knows everything
6. Think about voiceover. I would rather listen then read. You?
7. Think about Facebook and Adsoftheworld. First place your idea there and it may give you some feed back or free PR.
8. Think like my account gilrfriend. Jury members have their own job to do, so often someone else is making the judging. Girlfriend?
9. Think fake. There is always a bit more merit to fake "fork" for big clients, than to real work for small clients.
...and think about advice from PIAF staff via email entries@piafawards.com or phone + 420 234 721 150.

Gideon Amichay named PIAF 2012 Jury Chairman


"It´s ok to go to a place you don´t know"," said Gideon Amichay (right) in Prague at the PIAF festival a year ago.

Recent partner and creative director of Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R and one of the most respected creatives of world advertising likes to try things no one else has. This is why he liked last year's PIAF with its innovative competitions and also why he won the Grand Prix for the work of his agency. Gideon will preside over the international jury alongside with 13 creative professionals and marketers from all over the world. We proudly announce the first Jury members:

  • (left) Adam Kakembo, VP of Marketing and Products of the Wrangler brand for EMEA
  • (middle) Luiz Sanches, of AlmapBBDO Brazil, last year's star on the global list of creative directors PIAFYS

Creative concept made by VCCP Prague


This year’s creative partner is VCCP Prague.  The slogan „Out of the box thinkers welcome“ in addition to the campaign’s visuals confirm the fact that PIAF is different than those other advertising festivals. The creative director of VCCP Praha is Dejan Štajnberger.  Nydrle is in charge of PIAF digital work.

Key dates

Call for entries                     1st February
Entries deadline                   7th March
Shortlist announcement    11th April
PIAF Conference                   25-26th April
Awards ceremony               26th April

Dramatic changes in PIAFYS 2011/12


The first running results of the worldwide creatives ranking in 2011/12 indicate a dramatic change in the top ten.  The results of the following festivals (taking place after PIAF 2011) were reflected in the ranking: Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia, Loerie, D&AD, ADC Europe, Red Apple, Kiev International Advertising Festival, Golden Hammer, and Golden Drum.

First place is currently held by Mark Fitzloff and Susan Hoffman (Wieden & Kennedy Portland). Click here for additional results.

PIAF 2012 to be held in late April


Next year's PIAF, Prague International Advertising Festival, will be held a little earlier than before – on April 25 and 26, 2012. The international jury will vote a day earlier. Once again, the two-day conference will welcome mostly foreign experts in the field of marketing and communication from all over the world.

The PIAF festival has already started working on its third year. The innovative competition categories, introduced in May of this year, have proven to be useful, and thus will continue to be the pillar of the festival. The festival organizers are striving to make an agreement with the National Gallery so that the festival can again be held at the Veletržní Palace.

Final results of PIAFYS 2010/11


The most comprehensive world rating of creative professionals in the area of advertising, PIAFindYourSelf, has ended its assessment of the period between PIAF 2010 (May) and PIAF 2011 (May). The title of Creative Professional of the Year went to Luiz Sanches, Creative Director of the Brazilian agency AlmapBBDO. Look for your name in the complete chart here.

You can also check the new PIAFYS 2011/12 ranking, which currently includes the following festivals:

ADC Europe, Cannes Lions, D&AD,  Golden Hammer and Kiev International Advertising Festival.

Thank you for beeing with us in Prague!


We just released a new video telling the story of more than two days of PIAF, the biggest advertising festival in Central Europe. We thank all out participants, speakers and the great Jury for taking part. „PIAF is at the beginning. It has a wonderful focus on brands and groving of brands in all aspects. It differentiates PIAF from other festivals. This kind of show should bring more attention. We had a fantastic jury, discussed a lot and made some very good choices. I was happy that I was here, congratulations to PIAF,“ said Michael Conrad, Head of the Jury and President of Berlin School of Creative Leadership.


Luiz Sanches message for the PIAF Festival


The PIAFYS creative ranking is just beeing updated, the annual results were announced on May 12th at the award ceremony in Prague. The number one in the chart Luiz Sanches from Almap BBDO greeted the audience with this video message. PIAF was the last contest of the season, anyway creative directors will keep collecting their points all the year long. PIAFYS (PIAFindYourSelf) is the most complete global ranking of Creative Directors which reflects their achievements at the world’s top advertising festivals since May 2010. Check your current position in the chart.

Conference shows the future of advertising


The PIAF conference on May 11 and 12th will host more than 30 top experts with international experiences from advertising and marketing. The program consists of workshops, presentations, panel discussions and screenings. How can brands involve more human senses? To what extend can creative advertising be effective? How to sell creativity in a company? How to cross the borders? On PIAF conference, agencies and their clients can see the direction where advertising is going.

„We have never had so many international marketing or communication directors presenting in any Czech conference so far. Through giving examples mainly from abroad we want to inspire the local marketing professionals to develop new solutions - brave and working at the same time," said Marek Hlavica, managing director PIAF. "Facebook, Wikipedia, Google, these are mere Beta versions of something, which is still ahead of us. Understanding that a brand will always be in its Beta version, is the key to success in the new world," claims one of the key note speakers Gideon Amichay.

Call for entries now open!!!


From Tueday March 1st, the system for entering works to the Prague International Advertising Festival (PIAF) contest is open. PIAF will accept entries in its new categories till March 25th.

For more info about submitting entries please see www.piaf.cz/competition.

After its debut in 2010, the second year of PIAF is marked by major changes. We have innovated almost everything: a new venue for the festival to take place, the most prestigious jury with clients and creative professionals from 15 countries, and last but not least, a completely new system of categories never seen in any festival so far.

“Our Jury will judge creativity from the birth of a brand to creative forms of distribution and sales. At the same time, we are not looking for the best possible television ad or print ad. We want to honour creativity in delivering key brand messages to the target group using principles such as abbreviation, storytelling or inviting consumers to a playful interaction, for example,” comments managing director of PIAF, Marek Hlavica. 

Participate in a revolution!


This year, PIAF offers a unique chance for agencies and clients to participate to a contest, which is changing the way we think about advertising. The Call for Entries opens in one week precisely, on March 1st. Our twelve basic categories reflect crucial aspects of communication that brands should master today, such as creative sales support, creative use of technologies or audience engagement, to name just a few. In addition, we have two categories you won’t see in any other ad festival: "Best Beer Ad" and "State as an Advertiser". Find out more here.

PIAF Jury is prepared to look for the best brands


Today, we present the rest of our Jury members. In festivals, everything is about people – and celebrities, of course. In May, 19 top professionals including Susan Credle (Loe Burnett USA), Guido Heffels (Heimat), Pete Favat (Arnold Worldwide) and Ian Armstrong (Honda Europe) will join the PIAF jury.

But in PIAF everything turns around BRANDS. The Festival brings a key new element to the competition. Categories are not formed according to traditional media use, from film to outdoor or digital, but they all follow the process of brand building. Respected personalities in the PIAF jury will search for creativity in the whole marketing process, from positioning, product launch to creative means of sales promotion. You can follow the showcase of their work and more information on Facebook and www.piaf.cz. PIAF will announce the categories and call for entries till the end of February and will accept entries till the end of March. Discover the profiles of all Jury members here.

PIAF Jury Almost Complete


The international PIAF jury faces some difficult work ahead – shortlisting and then choosing the best entries in the festival's brand new categories. The Jury, headed by Michael Conrad, will assess the ability to shape or change the position of a brand and communicate it to the target groups. This time, the competition will also cover creative forms of sales and sales support.

The jury will not rest solely on the experience of its president and other widely awarded legends of world advertising. Apart from them, the jury will also include professionals representing the young creative generation, as well as representatives of some of the major clients. Meet the first part of the Jury here.

Michael Conrad to chair the PIAF 2011 jury


Michael Conrad has been one of the most prominent figures in the world of advertising of the past 40 years. His rich experience led him to the perception that creativity is a general principle of work in various professions.

In 1975, he co-founded Lürzer, Conrad Frankfurt, which merged in 1980 with Leo Burnett Germany. In 1982, the agency was renamed Michael Conrad & Leo Burnett.

In 1986, he moved to Chicago as President and Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett International and in 1996 was named Vice-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett Worldwide. In 2000, Advertising Age named Leo Burnett Worldwide 'Global Agency of The Year'. In 2001, Leo Burnett Worldwide got the title of "Most Awarded Agency in the World" by the Gunn Report. Michael retired from Leo Burnett at the beginning of 2003.

Michael has chaired many juries in local, regional and global advertising festivals and is an honorary member of the Art Director Clubs of Germany, Austria and Europe. With the ADC Germany he founded the "Berlin School of Creative Leadership" (www.berlin-school.com) at Steinbeis University and serves as its president. He lives in Zürich, does some consulting in marketing and communication, and is a member of the BOD of Spillmann/Felser/Leo Burnett in Switzerland.

PIAF to revolutionize competition categories


The Prague International Advertising Festival 2011 will be held on May 11 and 12 in the subterranean section of the National Gallery in Prague. The call for entries is planned to be announced in early March of next year. The major change from this year's competition will be a completely different system of competition categories.

"Many experts have confirmed our opinion that the present division of competition categories based on media types is outdated. Coming up with a new viewpoint is risky and no established festival has yet dared make such a move. Who else but a brand new enterprise has the chance to push a new, more current point of view?" adds Hlavica. The fine-tuning of the individual categories is yet to be done. Everything needs to be finalized by the end of February 2011, when PIAF starts accepting competition entries.

Three groups of competition categories will assess not only the ideas of creative minds, but also the ingenuity with which the advertised message gets to the target group and the reaction it elicits. The categories also include creative marketing with an outreach to the phase of sales support. Apart from advertising agencies, PIAF will also more intensively address clients and the media. Furthermore, one advertising project or campaign may score in several categories at once.

PIAF is to keep the typical Czech category of beer ads. Moreover, it will add a special competition for advertising ordered by the state and its institutions.

Advertising projects will be assessed by an international jury in two rounds. Gold, silver and bronze trophies will be handed out to the best on the shortlist of finalists. Entries awarded in several categories will have the greatest chance of winning the Grand Prix award.

PIAF 2011 to move to the subterranean section and the roof of the National Gallery


The National Gallery in Prague ranks among the country's most significant monuments built in the functionalism style. It was destroyed by fire in the early 1970s. Following its reconstruction, it was once again opened to the public in the early 1990s. On five floors, it currently presents art of the late 19th century, last century as well as contemporary art. Among other things, it also boasts an extraordinary collection of French cubism.

Underground, the original screening room was restored, allowing the unused subterranean space to be used creatively. This is where the lectures, workshops and discussions will be held. The flat roof of the building, where a restaurant used to be, will be the venue for the farewell party.

Just like the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the National Gallery in Prague is an architectural artifact by itself. At the same time, it offers a top quality collection of both world and Czech fine art.

"I think that holding an advertising festival in a concealed, concrete underground part of a building which is home to works of so-called high art is symbolic, just like a boisterous party next to the works of Picasso, Braque, Miró and other greats is," says festival director Marek Hlavica.