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Formula One
"We Race As One"
60s
6 Jul 2020
This propulsive ad marks the return of Formula 1 to the sporting calendar, with a rare emphasis on unity instead of conflict. F1 has a reputation for team in-fighting and prickly personalities, but the brand’s new ‘we race as one’ mantra bids to challenge those preconceptions - especially as drivers engage with the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Channel 4
"Be More Rainbow"
40s
3 Jul 2020
Between acting as a symbol of hope during the pandemic and flying on flags during Pride month, the rainbow has been busier than usual in 2020. Channel 4 give the guy himself a chance to speak up about it in this amusing film, which sees the rainbow run ragged trying to keep up with all its pressing commitments around the country.

HSBC
"Barbershop"
60s
2 Jul 2020
This instalment of HSBC's latest campaign focuses on the anxiety of LGBT people who fear being outed. Rupert Russell’s film features a young man discussing the strategies he uses to hide his gender non-conformity when in the hyper-masculine environment of a barbershop, using smart close-ups to highlight his physical and mental strain.

Ford Kuga
"Power"
30s
3 Jul 2020
Will Kanye West's purported run for President lead to his music being featured in ads with more or less frequency? It's difficult to imagine tracks like 'Power' becoming more ubiquitous, seeing as they're already used to add the vaguest semblance of interest to nondescript car commercials like this Ford Kuga plug.

Jorja Smith
"Rose Rouge"
5 mins 57s
6 Jul 2020
Samona Olanipekun’s well-curated promo uses footage of Black Lives Matter protests in order to keep the fire burning. As Jorja Smith elegantly covers ‘Rose Rouge’ by St Germain, Olanipekun highlights some of the defining moments of anti-racism marches past and present. One of the jazzier protest films you’re likely to see this year.

Samsung Galaxy
"Awesome is for Everyone"
48s
3 Jul 2020
Awesome is for everyone, according to this lively Samsung Galaxy commercial. Like a millennial fever dream, the ad reels off the A Series smartphone’s features via GIFs, knock-off memes, and in-your-face animation. Those who survive the audio-visual onslaught can then enjoy perks like extended battery life and a supposedly awesome camera.

Durex
"Let's Not Go Back to Normal"
60s
6 Jul 2020
As the country prepares to open up and further ease lockdown (and many seem to have already decided the pandemic is over), Durex take the opportunity to remind viewers that it's not just Covid-19 they need to avoid spreading. A variety of relationships are represented throughout the film, making it clear that condom use is encouraged across all genders and sexualities.

HSBC
"Florence"
60s
2 Jul 2020
HSBC's latest campaign draws attention to the struggles that come from trying to live authentically in an unaccepting world. Championing minority voices, the work features stories from people across all walks of life - each of whom faces their own mental, emotional, and practical challenges in a society that presumes everyone is straight.

Birth UK
"Bloody French"
1 min 32s
1 Jul 2020
Birth announce the launch of their UK arm with this quirky, celebrity-focused outing. Actor Tobias Menzies lists his credits in self-satisfied fashion before stumbling over the name of the company he's meant to be introducing. The gag is drawn out a tad, but the surprise appearance of Menzies's Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington ensures a droll finish.

Little Dragon
"Where You Belong"
3 mins 36s
1 Jul 2020
This promo for Little Dragon's latest track 'Where You Belong' takes a visually dynamic approach to scrapbooking. Shots of gigs, tours, and musicians playing together and celebrating backstage feel like they're from another world now, which is only heightened by the liberal use of fizzy VFX. Nostalgic and forward-looking by turns.

Semintele Alka
"Laidback"
57s
3 Jul 2020
This curious ad from Romanian snack brand Semintele Alka takes laidback living to new levels. From horizontal influencers to stretched-out skateboarders, director Tom Wilson's film shows people who've found other ways to lie down on the job. It's a fun and, erm, flat way to draw attention to the brand's new packaging.

Engelmüller
"Drive to Win"
2 mins 02s
1 Jul 2020
This diverting Czech ad offers an insight into wartime survival, with car manufacturer Aero under threat from both Hitler and Stalin at various points. Shot like a hard-boiled history lesson, director Prokop Motl’s film uses atmospheric lighting and evocative production design to illustrate the marque's supposed mettle.

Glass Animals
"Heat Waves"
3 mins 56s
2 Jul 2020
Director Colin Read and psychedelic pop band Glass Animals have enjoyed a busy lockdown together, so to speak. Following May’s 'film it yourself' promo for ‘Dreamland’, Read and frontman Dave Bayley hit the streets of Hackney with speakers in tow. How many concerned artists would do the same in order to play live once again?

Clap! Clap!
"Moving On (ft. Martha Da'ro)"
4 mins 13s
1 Jul 2020
Guest vocalist Martha Da’ro takes centre stage in this promo for Clap! Clap!’s new single ‘Moving On’. Despite lockdown restrictions, Belgium-based singer Da’ro runs with the track’s title and delivers a pleasingly assured groove. Meanwhile, director-stroke-animator RuffMercy opts for gold leaf and a scratchy, multicoloured outfit as window dressing.

#WeAreLtd
"BCT2020"
51s
29 Jun 2020
This well-executed spoof of Tango’s ‘St George’ ad accuses the UK government of having limited sympathy for, well, individuals trading as limited companies. Having previously castigated French exchange student Sebastian, Ray Gardner targets his Conservative MP (also named Sebastian) and his mob for a lack of financial support during lockdown.

Bodyform
"Womb Stories"
3 mins 28s
1 Jul 2020
To say this three-minute Bodyform ad is a force of nature would be an understatement. Scored by a remix of Pumarosa’s ‘Priestess’, the ad combines live-action with animation to show how the uterus changes over the years. The result is, well, bloody brilliant. Another strong outing from a brand on the frontline of sanitary protection.

Pink Lady
"Taste the WOW"
47s
2 Jul 2020
This latest campaign from Pink Lady apples shows three people having their minds quite literally blown by their new favourite fruit. Animated flourishes - like a roving tongue - accentuate their OTT reactions, while a grating soundtrack suggests more of a nuclear explosion than a burst of taste. Eye-watering and eye-catching by turns.

Short Films
"F*** I Love NY"
83s
30 Jun 2020
As anyone living in a major city knows, the love-hate relationship with one's surroundings is a real phenomenon. This unexpectedly touching film features New Yorkers - notoriously emphatic with their opinions - sharing their thoughts on the downsides of living in one of the world's busiest cities.

Vogue
"Drag Syndrome"
6 mins 33s
2 Jul 2020
Vogue continue their Pride series with this fascinating film which explores the intersection of disability and drag. Director Jess Kohl takes a documentary approach as she profiles Drag Syndrome - an artistic collective of drag kings and queens who happen to have Down's syndrome. It's a bold and beautiful reminder that there's room for everyone under the rainbow.

Short Films
"Feel Good Food"
60s
1 Jul 2020
Tantalising food photography takes centre stage in this charitable short film. Urging people to consider donating to food banks when doing their weekly shop, pantry staples are given star treatment as tins are opened, pasta is boiled, and nutritious foodstuffs are served up with aplomb. Tasty work accompanied by a jovial voiceover from Johnny Vegas.

Coral
"At the Races"
60s
1 Jul 2020
With more professional sports preparing to resume as the country eases out of lockdown, Coral highlight one of the early comeback stories: horse racing. This canny 60” film measures anticipation at different points during a race, working backwards from the elation of a winning bet to the anticipation under starter's orders.

Short Films
"No Place Like Home"
8 mins 37s
29 Jun 2020
There's a charming sense of magical realism in this short film, directed by (and starring) Mark Jenkinson. The piece speculates on a little-addressed aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic: namely, what are wandering spirits supposed to do now everyone's stuck at home? The action focuses on a couple who are searching unsuccessfully for an empty house to occupy.

Barclays
"Away Fans"
77s
1 Jul 2020
Even die-hard Aston Villa fans will admit this Premier League season has been a struggle, pandemic or no pandemic. Former EPL title sponsors Barclays wish to ease at least one Villa fan’s suffering, with a little help from Zoom and a former striker-turned-Homes Under the Hammer presenter. Tom Barbor-Might’s sweet film introduces Tim and fellow match day regulars Matt, Chris, and Simon.

BBC
"A Glastonbury to Remember"
30s
30 Jun 2020
As campgrounds and stages the world over fall silent due to Covid-19, the BBC aim to cheer up gloomy music lovers by airing some of the best Glastonbury moments. This accompanying video focuses on the festivalgoers who brave extreme weather, ticket ballots, and divisive headliners year after year.

Beefeater Gin
"The Spirit of London"
30s
30 Jun 2020
Kennington-based gin brand Beefeater use home advantage in this 30" ad for a summer tipple recipe. Mixing decent shots of London with glasses, fruit, and other cocktail accoutrements, the brand remind viewers that although the pubs might be closed until July 4th, the bar at home is always open. Within reason, we hope.

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