Ad Stars releases 2018 finalists: Thailand has 239, Japan 234, Korea 125 and Philippines 103

AD STARS 2018_ poster 01.jpgAd Stars has announced this year's finalists. From a total of 20,342 entries, 1,719 have been shortlisted by an international panel of 229 judges from 74 countries.
Executive and Final Judges now have the task of voting on the Grand Prix, Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in Busan, South Korea. They will meet one week prior to the 2018 Ad Stars Awards on Saturday 25th August.  
The countries with the highest number of finalists include Thailand (239 finalists), Japan (234 finalists), Korea (125 finalists), Australia (118 finalists) and Philippines (103 finalists). Here is a full list of finalists by country:
Argentina - 3 finalists
Australia - 118 finalists
Belarus - 3 finalists
Brazil - 37 finalists
Chile - 3 finalists
China - 97 finalists
Colombia - 3 finalists
Costa Rica - 9 finalists
Croatia - 1 finalist
France - 1 finalist
Germany - 6 finalists
Hong Kong - 64 finalists
Hungary - 7 finalists
India - 53 finalists
Indonesia - 68 finalists
Japan - 234 finalists
Jordan - 1 finalist
Kazakhstan - 3 finalists
South Korea - 125 finalists
Malaysia - 44 finalists
Nepal - 1 finalist
New Zealand - 90 finalists
Pakistan - 54 finalists
Panama - 1 finalist
Peru - 19 finalists
Philippines - 103 finalists
Portugal - 1 finalist
Russia - 1 finalist
Singapore - 43 finalists
Slovakia - 1 finalist
Slovenia - 1 finalist
South Africa - 3 finalists
Sweden - 8 finalists
Chinese Taipei - 30 finalists
Thailand - 239 finalists
Ukraine - 1 finalist
United Arab Emirates - 20 finalists
United Kingdom - 5 finalists
United States - 42 finalists
Uruguay - 13 finalists
Vietnam - 1 finalist
Hwan Jin Choi, Chair of the Ad Stars Executive Committee, said, "It is exciting to see so many different countries represented on the shortlist for the 11th Ad Stars Awards. Ad Stars accepts entries free of charge so that it's fair for anyone to enter, no matter how small their company is. As a global festival, we aim to discover excellent creative ideas from anywhere, so we are very happy to see such a diversity of companies represented on this year's shortlist."
AD STARS Trophy.jpgFive Executive Judges will lead a panel of around 30 Final Judges: Wooh Hoh, Chief Creative Officer of Hakuhodo Asia Pacific; Toby Talbot, Chief Creative Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand; Joji Jacob, Co-Founder and Creative Partner at BLK J in Singapore; Anna Qvennerstedt, Copywriter and Chairman of the Board at Forsman & Bodenfors in Sweden and Ari Halper, Chief Creative Officer at FCB New York.
Ad Stars is the only global advertising festival to reward two US$10,000 cash prizes to its Grand Prix of the Year winners. Winners will be revealed at the 11th Ad Stars festival, a three-day festival of ideas and creativity that runs from 23rd to 25th August 2018 in Busan, South Korea.
Ad Stars also welcomes entries from non-professionals as part of its mandate to be a festival for everyone interested in creativity, not just for those in the advertising industry. This year, 162 entries from non-professionals have made the shortlist.
Purchase tickets to Ad Stars 2018 before 31st July to receive a 10% discount. Online registration closes on 3rd August 2018. For more information visit here.

DOWNLOAD THE AD STARS FINALISTS: Finalists_Professional_AD STARS 2018-2.pdf

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