IAF Changes Jury Rules

NEW YORK The International Advertising Festival is making changes to its Press, Outdoor and Direct jury proceedings, effective next year, the organization said today.

Press and Outdoor juries for the festival in Cannes, France, will be separate next year, although one jury president, who will also oversee the Film jury, will oversee them.

In addition, judging for the Direct category will be changed. Instead of having one jury pre-judge entries at home, and a second jury in Cannes judge the second round, the Festival will consolidate with an expanded jury doing one round of judging in Cannes. The jury will be expanded to 30 next year.

The changes are due to an increase in Cannes entries: last year there were 11,300 press and outdoor entries, along with 1,600 direct entries.

The 53rd International Advertising Festival will take place June 18-24, 2006, in Cannes, France.