A Small Vižinada-based Agency Took Home Three Balcannes Lions, and the Belgrade Branch of McCann Took Home the Best Agency Title

Belgrade’s McCann branch took home the title of Best Agency of 2019, and the best project in the entire region was Art Directed by Nature by Studio Sonda, which fascinated the regional jury after Cannes, and is three Lions richer this year

The awards for the best projects in the region were presented at this year’s BalCannes review held as part of the 12th Weekend Media Festival, which brought together five thousand media and marketing communications experts in Rovinj.

The projects were selected by as many as twenty experts ranging from the client, agency and media side, who gathered to jury in Sarajevo, and were hosted by BalCannes`  longtime partner and friend, Media Marketing. This year, the contestants had the opportunity to find out how advertisers, agencies and journalists view the same projects, and each of these juries awarded the best projects of their choice.

The prestigious title for the best BalCannes agency went to McCann Belgrade. The Art Directed by Nature project by Studio Sonda was named BalCannes’ best project, and it also took home the title of the best project by a jury of agency representatives and the best foreign project title! The Imago Ogilvy Agency`s Boranka project was voted best by the client jury.

The media jury award went to the Minus 33% project by BPCS, which competed for the first time at BalCannes this year. Jana. Deep Above All is the best regional project and the award went to the Croatian branch of Saatchi & Saatchi.

It’s no secret that BalCannes brings together great projects from across the region that are often the result of extraordinary stories. That is why, this year, BalCannes decided to award being bold and giving creative freedom to agencies, and award another Lion for client courage! This award was given to the Coca-Cola Love is always the right way! By McCann Agency in Skopje and The Coca-Cola Company.

Dunja Ivana Ballon, Executive Director of HURA and BalCannes, said:We want to reward the clients’ courage, boldness, patience and audacity in communication, and we are really happy to support the jury’s proposal for this additional award. We hope that others will be inspired by this and make good use of the fact that the communications industry has  great powers in forming the views of the general public. “

For everyone that wasn`t able to attend the festival, all projects from BalCannes will be published on the BalCannes Yellow Pages, an online database of advertising agencies that serves as a useful tool throughout the year for advertisers looking for new business partners. The region’s top 25 projects, listed below, will also be found in the new Creative Portfolio edition.

The organizers of BalCannes are the Croatian Association of Communication Agencies (HURA) and Weekend Media Festival.

The best BalCannesa 2019 projects in alphabetical order are:

  1. #StayClean – McCann Beograd
  2. A1 Lappsus – Bruketa&Žinić&Grey
  3. Art directed by nature – Studio Sonda
  4. Beba bira gde – McCann Beograd
  5. Boranka – Imago Ogilvy
  6. Coca-Cola Love is always the right way! – McCann Skopje
  7. EVN Online – Publicis Skopje
  8. Good Night, Intolerance! – Grey Ljubljana
  9. Insta Literary Stories Between the Lines – Grey Ljubljana
  10. Jana. Duboko iznad svih. – Saatchi&Saatchi Croatia
  11. Lavovske priče – Ovation BBDO
  12. Minus 33% – BPCS
  13. Ne odričem se – McCann Beograd
  14. Ostajemo di smo – BBDO Zagreb
  15. Prilika života – Señor
  16. Sjetan Božić – Señor
  17. Spomenik neisklesanom tijelu – Imago Ogilvy
  18. The Milk Books – Futura DDB
  19. The Theatre Interpreter – Grey Ljubljana
  20. The Voice Of The Lake – Saatchi&Saatchi Skopje
  21. Untouched by Light – Bruketa&Žinić&Grey
  22. Veliki hrvatski naivci – Señor
  23. Vip Mame – Leo Burnett Belgrade
  24. Words have weight – IDEA Plus Communications Skopje
  25. Žuja za tate 2 – BBDO Zagreb.



The Croatian Association of Communications Agencies (HURA) is the leading industry association in the market communications sector in Croatia. Our members are some of the best and most acclaimed Croatian agencies.

Together, we organise the Days of Communications, a national advertising festival featuring industry competitions (Effie, IdejaX, and Young Lions), HURA’s HOWtoWOW marketing academy, BalCannes regional marketing agency showcase and numerous other projects.

Our goal is to improve market conditions and advance the entire industry, which includes lobbying, negotiating with legislators, promoting the profession, conducting research, producing industry statistics, consulting and more.

Abroad, we work as a part of EACA (European Association of Communications Agencies), and we are the exclusive representative of Cannes Lions and Effie Worldwide for Croatia.

More about HURA at www.hura.hr.

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