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Event to be held at The Ace Hotel in downtown LA

Team One and Saatchi LA are to host the Los Angeles edition of the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase (NDS) at The Ace Hotel in downtown LA on Wednesday, July 16. The popular event kicked off at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and will continue on as a global road show in select cities. Screenings in Milan and London occurred in the beginning of July. 

Future events include the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York on Thursday, July 17; and Shanghai Center Theater on Tuesday, October 21. You can find more information here.

Now in the 24th edition, the annual Saatchi & Saatchi NDS has carved out a reputation for acting as a barometer of who are the hot directors to watch, and provides young talent the opportunity to debut on a global platform through the NDS event in Cannes. Saatchi & Saatchi’s Worldwide Creative Board, of which Team One’s Chief Creative Officer Chris Graves is a member, invites directors from around the world to submit for NDS consideration. The final 2014 selection included 19 films by 18 directors.    

This year the reel features a typically eclectic mix of music videos, animated shorts, humor, erotica, surrealism and the grotesque. Directors featured in the 2014 Showcase come from Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, the UK and the US. Alumni from previous installments of the NDS include Spike Jonze, Jonathan Glazer, Tarsem, Michel Gondry and Jason Reitman. 

The Los Angeles screening of the 2014 NDS in the Ace Hotel will be introduced by a short film of the live NDS ‘Feel the Reel’ event in Cannes on June 19, 2014. After the screening of the Showcase reel, a panel discussion will follow featuring famed director and NDS alumni Jason Reitman, and three of this year’s NDS director finalists including Tarik Abdel-Gawad with “Box,” and Ian & Cooper with ”Joel Compass ‘Back To Me.’” The discussion will be moderated by Michael Sagol, Executive Producer at Caviar Content. A before-and-after reception will accompany the screening and panel discussion. Please follow along to the LA event with #NDSLA14, and globally with #feelthereel.

Chris Graves, Chief Creative Officer at Team One and member of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Creative Board said, "I love selecting the finalists for The New Directors’ Showcase every year, and now to be able to bring a piece of the Cannes Lions Festival home to LA is an additional honor. I am looking forward to introducing these talented directors to key people from the worlds of advertising, film, media and production."

The 18 directors and their films are:

Ainslie Henderson

Moving On

Alberto Belli

It’s Not Porn

Accomplice Media, Santa Monica, US

Alvise Avati


Cinesite VFX, London, UK

Donato Sansone


Milkyeyes, Torino, Italy

Ed Morris

Cybersmile #dontretaliate

Rattling Stick, London, UK

Emile Sornin

Disclosure ‘Grab Her’

Division Paris, Paris, France

Ian & Cooper

Joel Compass ‘Back To Me’

Prettybird, Culver City, US

Josh Cole

Rudimental ‘Not Giving In’

Stink, London, UK

Kibwe Tavares


Nexus Productions, London, UK

Kyra & Constantin

Rollin’ Wild

Simon Bonde & Peder

Ghost of a Smile

Uitch Iscratch, Copenhagen, Denmark

Tarik Abdel-Gawad


Bot & Dolly, San Francisco, US

Tatia Pilieva

First Kiss

Durable Goods, Venice, US

The Sacred Egg

Breach ‘Jack’

Riff Raff Films, London, UK

Tripp Crosby

Conference Call in Real Life

Green Tricycle Studios, Cumming, GA, US

Truman & Cooper

Kid Wise ‘Hope’

Colonel Blimp, London, UK


The Sunday Times ‘Icons’

Academy Films, London, UK

Vania Heymann

Bob Dylan ‘Like a Rolling Stone’

Prettybird, Culver City, US

Vania Heymann

Walking Contest

Prettybird, Culver City, US

You can view the directors' reels here.

Little Black Book is proud media partner to the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase, which is set for global screenings. The next two are set for New York and Los Angeles. 

For more coverage, ticket details and info, please click here.

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