Aaron Duffy is a creative maker and thinker who joined 1stAveMachine in 2007. Aaron works with a love for visual communication, and always finds unique ways to delight viewers. Aaron’s ability to think outside the box was recognized early on in 2009 with his heartwarming SUPER BOWL spot for Google. His next project for Audi garnered a Bronze Lion at Cannes. In 2015, Aaron was named one of the "30 Most Creative People in Advertising Under 30” by Business Insider. Aaron has racked up numerous awards since and continues to work with some of the biggest brands in the world, helping them tell inspiring stories with extraordinary methods. These brands include Meta, Snapchat, Google, and many more.
Anthony Dickenson is a talented and accomplished multidisciplinary artist with a strong focus on film, photography, and fine art. With nearly two decades of experience, he has developed a distinct artistic style that is evident in his work across various mediums. As a director and photographer, he has honed his skills to capture emotion and the natural world in a unique and impactful way. His sensibility and vision come through in his heart-wrenching film for World Animal Protection. Anthony’s ability to capture motion in a natural, cinematic, and interesting way and his love for innovative camera techniques caught the attention of many brands including Sony and Amnesty International.
Baz’s work is colorful, eclectic and surreal, embodying a generation raised on internet culture. He loves experimenting with different mediums beyond advertising, venturing into music artist’s branding and visuals, music videos, and feature films including the SXSW favorite, GAME OF DEATH. Baz has an incredible range, as seen in the surreal worlds built in KLO PELGAG and the real people vignettes in FACEBOOK ROOMS. He is also the creator and director of Montreal’s irreverent and eye-popping kids variety show, BARBADA, often compared to Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
Brut is a mixed-media collective formed by Martin Allais and consists of Bounty Banana, Angela Stempel, Mostro, Dedo Ciego, Juan Behrens, Jurij, Hugo Morais, Maliboo, Malota, Novenero, Not Flipper and Alba Prado. Their fresh and innovative approach hijacks the imagination. Recently, Brut director Dedo Ciego had the exciting opportunity to collaborate with the renowned Goo Goo Dolls for their new music video entitled RUN ALL NIGHT. Brut's team of directors runs the gamut of animation styles from 2D cel animation to stop-motion and 3D, and they have masterfully combined these diverse techniques to create eclectic and fresh visuals. Additionally, Brut has demonstrated a knack for seamlessly integrating live action into their creative alchemy, as showcased in the awarded film INTENSITY, directed by Bounty Banana, and the music video remix of Kylie Minogue's hit single, CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD.
Irish directors Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, known as D.A.D.D.Y., boast a two-decade partnership spanning commercials, music videos, and films. Renowned for irreverent comedy, they infuse cinematic finesse into their storytelling as seen in their work with brands like Frosted Flakes, National Lottery, and Wells Fargo. D.A.D.D.Y. aren't just filmmakers; they're also accomplished authors. Their scientific tomes 100 FACTS ABOUT SHARKS and 100 FACTS ABOUT PANDAS are on Amazon. Their recent horror comedy, EXTRA ORDINARY starring Will Forte, premiered at SXSW, securing 15 awards. It even won Best Irish Film at Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards. They're now developing a serialized version of the film.
Danielle Katvan is an award-winning director of narrative and commercial content. Her directing style is defined by its heightened visual aesthetic and offbeat, comedic sensibility. Her comedic tone ranges from playful and cheeky to totally absurd. Danielle’s eye for directing was recognized first by SHOOT Magazine’s New Directors Showcase and a Silver Clio for her film for Vogue. Shortly after, she was also named one of Film News Briefs' "Filmmakers to Watch." Danielle has also excelled with narrative content. Her short films have received numerous accolades, such as the Kodak Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, San Diego International Film Festival Best Short, and a world premiere spot at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival for her short film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s THE FOSTER PORTFOLIO. Adding to her impressive portfolio, Danielle recently directed the film UNSTOPPABLE PLAY for Lego, featuring Megan Rapinoe and other stars from the Women's US Soccer team. Her award-winning comedic expertise is also evident in the viral hit for Hilton Hotels' THE AD YOU STAY IN, a 10 minute TikTok Ad.
David's a true multi-talented creative, effortlessly juggling roles as a writer, performer, director, and creative mastermind. Comedy is his playground, and he's a genius at turning intricate ideas into relatable storytelling. He's left his mark on various TV gems, notably the Emmy contender IT'S BRUNO on Netflix. Plus, he's cooked up captivating projects for like Youtube, Google, and Heinz. David is also a TikTok guru and award-winning social strategist. He kickstarted the "Group Hug" TikTok channel, and is one of the co-directors and writer behind Hilton Hotels' THE AD YOU STAY IN, a 10 minute TikTok Ad that racked up 30 million views and snatched multiple awards from DA&D, One Show, and AICP.
Em is a versatile director, photographer, and Installation artist. Her approach is focused on the belief that embracing new formats & tech can help us tell better stories. Em is influenced by surrealism and finds inspiration and joy in places where the high brow and the low brow co-exist. Her visual style is a sensorial combination of a soft aesthetic paired with the witty and hyperreal. Em’s distinctive visual style can be seen in campaigns for TikTok, Facebook, Little Moons and more. Her print work has been featured in international publications and exhibitions.
EspadaySantacruz is a pioneering hybrid design studio, seamlessly fusing craft, innovation, technology, and creativity. Their exceptional work in projects embracing robotics, AI, and filmmaking have garnered them numerous awards, including Cannes Lions, Clios and D&AD Pencils. This collective already has an award-winning portfolio of projects: notably a clever spot for JOSÉ CUERVO where two AI robots go on a date, a campaign for CARVANA in which they used AI to create 1.3M personalized videos and KLICK HEALTH'S first ever AI radio DJ. EspadaySantacruz seamlessly infuse innovation and premiere filmmaking into works of art that elegantly communicate a brand’s message.
Henri & Sebastian
Henri and Sebastian, an esteemed directing duo, have a built a robust international portfolio. These two directors came together to combine their talents in live action, animation and storytelling. Renowned for their high-energy campaigns, they have notably contributed to brands like Facebook and WhatsApp. Their work is characterized by meticulous art direction and clever execution as seen in commercials like OREO COOKIE PEOPLE and LEGO CUBE.
They have an uncanny ability to meld mediums and bring a master cinematic eye to everything they create.
Jonathan Gurvit, an award-winning creative director of over a decade, seamlessly transitioned to become a director, impressing global audiences. His projects, fueled by fearless imagination and courageous curiosity, stand out—like the captivating Palacio de Hierro film. Notably, his cinematic prowess shines in sweeping spots for brands like Toyota and Renault. A heartwarming Mercedes spot, INTELLIGENCE BY YOUR SIDE further highlights his diversity and ability to tell human stories that visually wow an audience. Jonathan has secured 18 Cannes Lions, 20 Clios, and over 400 other industry awards. His trajectory underscores his exceptional ability to blend vision and storytelling, leaving an indelible mark on the industry.
Karim is a prominent commercial director renowned for his vivid and colorful style, consistently enhanced by meticulous art direction and captivating in-camera techniques. Karim has become a go-to director with brands like Target and Google, but he has an extensive portfolio encompassing diverse genres and brands. Beyond his directorial achievements, Karim extends his creative prowess to design, objects, sculptures, and painting, reflecting a multifaceted artistic approach. His professional journey resonates with an ethos that fuses work and play, resulting in a body of work that is both innovative and intellectually engaging.
Lake Buckley is a proficient multidisciplinary director, designer, and creative director. Known for her ability to infuse a touch of enchantment into her projects, Lake deftly blurs the boundary between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Her past role as a creative director enriches her work, translating her visionary concepts into dynamic creations that hit perfectly on the core communication. A keen innovator, Lake seamlessly melds practicality with imagination, resulting in a portfolio that captivates. Her work has earned recognition from respected platforms including Fast Company, Sundance Film Festival, ADC Young Guns, SPD Awards, and the Walker Art Center. Lake's artistic finesse and masterful combination of direction and design always uplevels her work.
Marc Reisbig is a distinguished film and animation director. He leverages his knowledge of many visual techniques into powerful films that have a contagious energy. Whether its in his stop motion work like FROOTI or his live action films like WALMART, Marc expertly injects a sense of humanity and humor in a perfectly balanced manner. His creative portfolio encompasses music videos, short films, documentaries, and commercials for prominent brands such as Ikea, United Airlines, Sony Playstation, Facebook, Microsoft, Volkswagen, and Citroen.
Martin is a multidisciplinary latinx artist with an impressive track record, helming commercials for esteemed brands like Oreo, Facebook, Samsung, and Dr. Pepper. Martin's collaborative effort for SAMSUMG HOLIDAY earned him a coveted Bronze Lion Award at Cannes. Most recently, his animated VR experience chronicling New York City’s punk scene in the 70s, narrated by Rosario Dawson, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to amass a collection of prestigious awards. Outside of commercials, Martin has worked on music videos and visuals for Kid Koala, LCD Soundsystem, De la Soul, Madlib, Dj Rocc, Diplo among others. His work is regularly featured in Vimeo Staff Picks, AICP, Cannes, Klik Animation Festival, SXSW, and Sundance to name a few.
Mathery is a unique Italian directing duo rooted in film, design and photography. Their work ingeniously disrupts everyday life, weaving humor and exquisite art direction into eye popping work. Experts in constructing abstract realms, as seen in A101 and GOPUFF, yet comfortable with grounded worlds like AMEX. Striking a balance between personal projects and commercial ventures, the duo transforms each scene into an avenue for observing and reshaping our familiar world, infusing it with intrigue, irony, and satire.
Maxime Bruneel is a seasoned director renowned for seamlessly blending live action and animation to create a contemporary, visually striking universe. His expertise spans art direction, graphic design, typography, and film. Maxime's portfolio defies artistic confines, characterized by a fluidity in techniques. The music video YOUR LOVE directed for The Aston Shuffle, achieved widespread acclaim, showcased on Motionographer, Fubiz, Stash, IdN, and Vimeo Staff Picks. This propelled Maxime into prominence, cementing his reputation in stylized, minimalist motion design, bolstered by fervent engagement within the web community. He has worked for brands such as Facebook, L’Oreal, Adidas and Gatorade.
Roman Rütten brings a unique and personal perspective to his creative journey and embraces diverse collaborations, celebrating the richness of backgrounds, orientations, and skills. His global work has honed his craft across genres, from documentaries like GUIDED FRAME to sleek lifestyle spots like YOUTUBE MUSIC, to narratives like LIFE OF A STRANGER, and animation—his original field of study. Roman's true passion lies in crafting compelling human stories, often with diverse and inclusive casts, evoking genuine emotions. He treasures authentic connections formed through his work and his ultimate satisfaction lies in touching lives through his films, a drive that fuels storytelling pursuits. His work includes brands such as Garmin, Sonos, Oppo and Google.
Ron Brodie, a culturally attuned filmmaker who incorporates his bicultural Jamaican-American heritage into his work, boasts an impressive portfolio spanning commercials, music videos, and branded content. He's directed commercials for Spotify, Instagram, Chime, and Airwalk, showcasing his versatile storytelling skills. Ron has also helmed projects for major television networks like MTV, BET, Discovery, and HBO. Notably, his short film JUMPMAN shot on 35mm film, premiered on Boooom.TV and earned recognition on Vimeo's 'Experimental' and 'Narrative Category' channels. Additionally, Ron garnered acclaim for his contributions to Bob Marley's NO WOMAN NO CRY music video, securing an official Vimeo Staff Pick.
Director Tim Brown spans a wide range of disciplines, including set design, fashion photography, art direction. He has directed music promos for artists such as SBTRKT and Tinie Tempah, and has an impressive body of commercial work that includes collaborations with prestigious clients like YouTube Music, Samsung, Macy’s, and Channel 4. He skillfully weaves together diverse elements to craft captivating visual narratives. His impressive projects demonstrate his abilities to combine innovative art direction with a stylised yet organic feel and playful tone. This is exemplified in the WE MAKE TODAY campaign for Instagram, and in the visually powerful film with Lewis Hamilton for BOSE.
Tomi Dieguez is a dynamic figure renowned for his directorial excellence, and creative innovations. His directorial achievements exude design and visual uniqueness. He is a master of live action and animation, with the ability to create powerful stories in either medium, often combining them as seen in ARE WE THERE YET. Tomi's creative breadth extends to his animated series LITTLE BIG AWESOME which premiered on Amazon, winning an Emmy for best art direction. He loves experimenting with new techniques and technologies blurring the limits between innovation, design and storytelling in everything he touches.