IADT and NFS Graduate takes Cannes Young Director Award
National Film School graduate, Stevie Russell, recently took first prize in his category at the Commercial Film Producers of Europe’s Young Director Award in Cannes.
27-year-old, Russell, who graduated from the Film & Television Production programme at IADT in 2008, continues to add to his rising status as a director after coming out top in the Broadcast Europe category for his Road Safety Authority film ‘RSA: Loaded Weapon,’ which was produced by Dublin production company Tidal.
Russell, who is the creative director at Tidal, has previously won awards at the Kinsale Shark (commercial) Awards, as well as a People’s Choice award at the IMTV awards. He was also nominated in the music video category in Cannes for a video he shot for Irish band Kodaline but was not successful.
Held in association with ‘Shots’ magazine and the Commercial Film Producers of Europe, the Young Director Award is a prestigious accolade for those working in the commercials world and the awards ceremony was attended by advertising agencies across the globe.
The director of photography was fellow NFS Film graduate, Ruairi O'Brien, while score and sound design was looked after by another IADT alumnus, Gareth Averill. Both offline editor, John O'Connor, and assistant director, Ruairi McKenna, are also former Dun Laoghaire students.
Stevie Russell was previously nominated for the Young Director Award in 20120 in the Best Test category for a Wrangler Test Ad.