Judges announced for the 2014 Cinemark Young Lions Competition

Judges for Cinemark’s Young Lions competition have been revealed as competitors gear up to put their creative skills to the test in order to stand a chance to travel to Cannes and compete in the international festival.

The judges for Cinemark’s Young Lions competition are from all over the world, bringing international expertise to the judging panel.They are: Jason Apaliski from the USA, Mihnea Gheorghiu from Romania, Yordan Zhechev from Bulgaria as well as locals Justin Gomes, Ross Chowles and Kirk Gainsford.

The local competition, where these esteemed judges will be evaluating the talent, will launch on 17 February. Open to all creative professionals under the age of 28, teams must register before 10 March on the Cinemark website.

A brief will be emailed to registered competitors on 11 March at 12h00. Creatives then have 48 hours to submit their piece by 13 March at 12h00 before the judging begins. March 25th will the see the winners announced after careful evaluation by the handpicked judges.

The prize? An opportunity to represent South Africa in the Young Lions Competition at the 61st Cannes Lions Festival, which will be held between 15 and 21 June, including return flights to Nice, France, a full week’s Young Lion Registration, accommodation for the team and an entry to into the International Cannes Young Lions Competition.

Cinemark’s Marketing Manager Yvonne Diogo says: “We have leading SA Creatives who have judged at international awards shows and festivals. This together with the inclusion of international jurors is sure to establish an even more elevated judging perspective.

Afterall, in Cannes, the jury will be of an international make up. The bar has been raised and now it is for the Young Lions Team who is most worthy to prove themselves and be the victor.”

Registration opens on Monday 17 February on http://cinemark.co.za/cannes-lions/

For more information on the judges visit:

Mihnea Gheorghiu

Instagram: Mrsbrebenel

Facebook: mrsbrebenel

Twitter: @mrsbrebenel

His work: Most of his work can be found at http://makelovenotphotoshop.com/

Jason Apaliski
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jason-apaliski/3/9a8/a62
Twitter: @JasonApaliski

Yordan Zhechev
LinkedIn: http://bg.linkedin.com/pub/yordan-zhechev/1/742/b6

Justin Gomes
LinkedIn: http://za.linkedin.com/pub/justin-gomes/1b/176/176
Twitter: @justinjgomes

Ross Chowles
LinkedIn: http://za.linkedin.com/pub/ross-chowles/12/b65/977
Twitter: @JupiterCT

Kirk Gainsford
LinkedIn: http://za.linkedin.com/pub/kirk-gainsford/39/618/677
Twitter: @prophetkirk