Short List
Category A01. Direction
Idea Creation OPTIMIST Berlin, GERMANY
Production HALAL Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
Name Company Position
Ton Hollander Optimist Chief Creative Officer
Silke Rochow Optimist Executive Producer
Steffen Haars HALAL Director
Gijs Determeijer HALAL Partner & Executive Producer
Brian Ent Brian Ent Editor
Joppo de Grot De Grot Colourist
Thaumar Rep ShoSho VFX Supervisor
Arno Willemstein Arno Willemstein Sound Designer
Sjam Sjamsoedin Super Awesome Studios Composer

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Only equipped with miniatures of the ŠKODA SUV models (Kodiaq*), this film echoes the specific set of circumstances of the director within the limitations of the lockdown in the Netherlands. It is uniquely yet recognisably inspired by the director's own experience of the lockdown. He, as most people, were trying to find a way to work from home undisturbed. His film depicts a father of a family (the director himself), who’s continually being distracted by a small toy car, specifically a KODIAQ. Under the slogan of 'discover new possibilities, the film embraces recognisable home situations in both its execution and narrative.

Cultural / Context information for the jury

Tasking three different directors to shoot a typical ŠKODA SUV film entirely at their home provides an unusual yet (currently) usual starting point, especially for a car commercial. This premise set the tone for three surprising and distinct films for its category. Three toy cars, three creative directors and some necessary props – that’s pretty much all you need to come up with new ŠKODA’s commercials shot at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The film bears strong references to the responsible director. Not only in its direction, executional style or tone of voice, but the particular stay-at-home scenario portrayed in the film is a direct result of the specific confines of the director’s current work-from-home situation. The maker had to redefine his approach and put his skills to the test to provide the home-made look fitting a large-scale campaign. Through confines during lockdown, imagination roams free, resulting in a highly personal execution and end result. The DIY initiative required to steer the directors' vision becomes apparent as limitations were replaced with possibilities. For instance, embracing the boundaries of a limited crew—aka, a crew consisting only of the director and his girlfriend (who did camera operating and focus-pulling when the director was himself acting in the shot) - gets a humorous role in the film itself.