Cannes 2021: Cossette leads Canadian agencies in Film

Ogilvy, NFA and BHLA also helped win seven Lions in the category, while FCB won Silver in Sustainable Development Goals.
SickKids-Foundation

The final day of the 2021 Cannes Lions netted five Canadian agencies a few more trophies to add to their shelves once they return to the office.

Cossette led Canadian wins in the Film Lions, with a Silver for the “SickKids Moms VS. Hard Days” campaign, using a vlog-style format popular with online parenting communities to show the high and low points a mother goes through while helping her child through treatment. The agency also won a pair of Bronze Lions for “SickKids VS. This Is Why,” which turned the focus of fundraising efforts back to the main reason it needs to build a new hospital: the children it treats.

Ogilvy also added to its haul for Dove’s “Courage Is Beautiful.” The campaign – which also won two Grand Prix for its stark, close-up photography in both Print and Industry Craft – won a Silver and Bronze Lion in Film for the campaign video comprised of many of the same images of frontline healthcare workers.

Broken Heart Love Affair also won its first Lion of the festival (and since it opened its doors last year), picking up a Bronze for Kruger’s “Unapologetically Human” masterbrand campaign.

No Fixed Address rounded out the wins in Film, picking up a Bronze Lion for “Happy Birthday Twitter,” a campaign for the Canadian Centre For Child Protection that featured survivors of sexual assault taking the social network to task for the role it can play in stalking, harassment and abuse due to the shortcomings of its content flagging and removal processes.

While there were no Canadian wins among the seven Titanium Lions awarded this year, FCB Canada managed to pick up a win in another highly competitive category, adding a Silver Lion in Sustainable Development Goals to the awards it has already won this year for “Project Understood” for the Canadian Down Syndrome Society.

Film (2 Silver, 5 Bronze)

SILVER

“Courage is Beautiful”
Dove
Ogilvy London/Toronto

Partners: Outsider Editorial (Toronto), Big Sync Music (London), Kevin Sargent Music (London), SNDWRX (Toronto), TenThree Editing (London), Mindshare Canada

“SickKids Moms VS. Hard Days”
SickKids Foundation
Cossette

Partners: Scouts Honour

BRONZE

“Courage is Beautiful”
Dove
Ogilvy London/Toronto

Partners: Outsider Editorial (Toronto), Big Sync Music (London), Kevin Sargent Music (London), SNDWRX (Toronto), TenThree Editing (London), Mindshare Canada

“Happy Birthday Twitter”
Canadian Centre For Child Protection
No Fixed Address

Partners: Ad Hoc, Outsider Editorial

“SickKids VS. This Is Why” (2)
SickKids Foundation
Cossette

Partners: Scouts Honour, Saints Editorial, OMD Canada, Alter Ego Sports, Pirate, The Vanity

“Unapologetically Human”
Kruger Products
Broken Heart Love Affair

Partners: Jigsaw Casting, Scouts Honour, Alter Ego, Married To Giants, The Vanity, Vapor/RMW, Wavemaker Toronto

Sustainable Development Goals (1 Silver)

SILVER

“Project Understood”
Canadian Down Syndrome Society/Google AI
FCB Canada

Partners: Fuel Content, Alter Ego, Grayson Music, Outsider Editorial, Glossy PR, Bliss Interactive