HEINEKEN takes home record number of awards from the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity 2013

Amsterdam, 25 June 2013 - HEINEKEN has reinforced its strong creative credentials, with a total of 17 prestigious awards won at the 2013 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The record number of wins for the company included Heineken®'s first ever Grand Prix in Creative Effectiveness (¹) for its 'Open Your World' global integrated campaign and a Gold Lion PR for 'The Candidate', which was also selected for a TITANIUM and INTEGRATED BRONZE (²) award.

The 'Legendary Journey', part of the 'Open Your World' campaign (³), encapsulates Heineken®'s approach to asking its drinkers to live beyond their boundaries, inspiring men across the world to seek new experiences. The campaign was developed in partnership with Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam.

'The Candidate', created with Publicis Italy and activated by Edelman London, outlined the brand's creative and unconventional approach to recruitment. It was released earlier this year and rapidly became a global viral and PR sensation, amassing 2.8m views within 7 days and unprecedented global media buzz.

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the world's biggest celebration of creativity in communications. At this year's event, more than 35,000 entries from 92 countries were showcased and judged.

Heineken®'s investment in design and innovation was also recognised and celebrated. Its futuristic igNITE bottle picked up Silver for its use of Exhibitions or Live Events and Bronze each for its Your Future Bottle and The Wall of Opportunities activations.

Alexis Nasard, Global Chief Marketing Officer and President Western Europe at HEINEKEN, commented: "We are delighted by this recognition. Creativity is a decision which entails risks. These awards, and more importantly, consumers' choice at every consumption opportunityvindicate these decisions. Clients get the creativity they deserve from their agency partners, and we are thus thankful to both our agency partners and our employees for keeping the bar high, and keeping us and our brands part of the conversation'.


Notes to Editors:

1 Creative Effectiveness Lions will honour creativity which has shown a measurable and proven impact on a client's business - creativity that affects consumer behaviour, brand equity, sales, and where identifiable, profit. It will aim to establish a direct correlation between creativity and effectiveness.

2 Titanium and Integrated Lions. The idea is central to the award and everything, whether it's for a car or toothpaste, telecommunications or charity, big budget or low budget is considered. Campaigns cannot be directly entered into the Titanium category, but the jury decide which campaigns should be considered for the award, hence the prestige

³ The 'Legendary Journey', part of the 'Open Your World' campaign can be viewed via this link:



  • Titanium (Bronze) -1
  • Grand Prix Gold - 1
  • Gold - 1
  • Silver - 5
  • Bronze - 9

Detailed list

TITANIUM - BRONZE - The Candidate, PUBLICIS, Italy

GOLD GRAND PRIX - Creative Effectiveness - Heineken's Legendary Journey - Heineken - W+K- Netherlands

GOLD - PR - The Candidate - Heineken - Publicis, Edelman - Global

SILVER - Promo & Activation - Best Sponsorship or Partnership Campaign - The Candidate - Heineken - PUBLICIS Italy - Italy

SILVER - Promo & Activation - Best Corporate Image & Information - The Candidate - Heineken - PUBLICIS Italy - Italy

SILVER - Media - Integrated Media - Longer Merry Christmas - Heineken - JWT - Puerto Rico

SILVER - Design - Exhibitions or Live Events - igNITE - Heineken - DDB & Tribal Amsterdam - NETHERLANDS

SILVER - Radio - Radio as a Medium - Longer Merry Christmas - Heineken - JWT - Puerto Rico

BRONZE - Media - Audio - Longer Merry Christmas - Heineken - JWT - Puerto Rico

BRONZE - Promo & Activation - Best Product and Service - Amstel Trophy Can - Amstel - DDB & Tribal - Netherlands

BRONZE - Direct - Product Launches - The Real Master of Intuition - Heineken - PUBLICIS Italy - Italy

BRONZE - Outdoor - Stunts and Live Advertising - The Real Master of Intuition - Heineken - Publicis Italy - Italy

BRONZE - Mobile - Products - Murphy's When it Rains it Pours - Murphy's Irish Stout - Publicis Dublin - Ireland

BRONZE - Design - Online Digital Design - Your Future Bottle - Heineken - DDB & Tribal - Netherlands

BRONZE - Design - Exhibitions or Live Events - The Wall of Opportunities - Heineken Italy - Publicis Italy Amsterdam - NETHERLANDS

BRONZE - Film Craft - Direction - The Express - Heineken - W+K - The Netherlands

BRONZE - Film Lions - Branded Content Internet Films - The Candidate - Publicis - Italy

For further information please contact:

Marnie Kontovraki, HEINEKEN

Tel : +31 (0) 20 5239 355 / pressoffice@heineken.com

Dave Pugh, Edelman PR

T: 0207 047 4000 /  David.Pugh@edelman.com