EPICA AWARD 2015 CEREMONY & AFTER PARTY
Flashback to Berlin
The Epica Awards ceremony took place at the legendary Kino International cinema in Berlin on November 19. As well as the prize-giving itself (see the full results on this site), the event featured a performance from cabaret star Gayle Tufts, the city’s most popular American entertainer. It ended with a sixties-themed party led by a DJ dressed as Robin, the Boy Wonder.
Emotions ran high during the Epica Awards ceremony in Berlin. The setting was the famous Kino International cinema, opened in 1963. It was the scene of movie premiers in the GDR and still retains a certain Cold War chic.
The event kicked off with local entertainer Gayle Tufts – an American in Berlin – who belted out “Let Me Entertain You” to a lively crowd. The winning work was greeted enthusiastically, often with laughter and always with applause.
A sombre note was struck when it was announced that Fabrice Dubois, the copywriter behind Publicis Conseil’s animated spot for the Renault Twingo, had been killed in the terrorist attacks on Paris a week earlier. The jury were made aware of this only after awarding the spot a Gold. A moving speech by the agency’s director general, Patrick Lara, and Cédric Guéret, co-executive creative director, was followed by a minute of applause. The atmosphere was one of defiance rather than tragedy.
The evening continued with the presentation of the top prize for Direction & Cinematography to Watts of Tokyo for its Shiseido film, “High School Girls?” This popular choice went on to win the Film Grand Prix.
When the full results had been announced – with additional Grand Prix wins for J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam (digital), AdamandeveDDB (press) and Demner, Merlicek & Bergmann (outdoor) – it was party time. The audience spilled out into the foyer, where a DJ dressed as Robin spun 60s classics in an event organised by the production company Sizzer Amsterdam. Appearances from Cat Woman and a Sinatra impersonator kept the cocktail-drinking crowd entertained until the early hours.
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