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Bestads Six of the Best Reviewed by Toronto's The Garden Co-Founders Shari Walczak and Shane Ogilvie

Each week Bestads picks the very best advertising in the world, in every medium – which is reviewed by a top creative director or team to select their own personal favourites

Bestads Six of the Best Reviewed by Toronto's The Garden Co-Founders Shari Walczak and Shane Ogilvie

This week's guest judges are Shari Walczak and Shane Ogilvie, founding partners, The Garden, Toronto.

Winner: Heroes of Today 'Intolerance Is Still There'. This powerful short film tells a story of the true inhumanity experienced by LGBTQ+ communities. The juxtaposition of past and present is a powerful device and serves to tell the story of heinous hate crimes that should be a thing of the past, but sadly, as the spot reveals, continue to be a daily reality for so many marginalised communities today. It's artful in its execution and the use of deep fake technology was good, although a tad clumsy in its reveal at the end. In all, the spot is a strong reminder of how far we still need to go to be better.

Runner up: Doritos 'Triangle Man'. Weirdly fun, if not a bit too long, this spot is a nice little ode to the art of "mockumentary" film making. It demonstrates a total commitment to the attention to detail and faux seriousness of the genre as it delves into a little piece of human oddity. It's also spot-on brief, with Doritos strategic focus on celebrating boldness and individuality in its desire to appeal to an audience that "rejects the norm". Funny and well executed, my only wish is that we could have seem him actually play the goddamn triangle just once.

Winner: Saving The Survivors 'Cancer'. This one gets a nod simply because it taught us something meaningful and important enough to be called out here in the hopes that the message is shared further. From an execution standpoint the art direction is decent, but the copy felt like it was trying a little too hard. With that, the ad still managed to deliver a very thoughtful message.

Runner up: McDonald's 'McDrive'. The simplicity of the "precious cargo on board" sentiment delivered by this visual metaphor makes this a nice little ad for a brand that seems to have fully embraced the borderless, no language barrier and globally friendly approach to advertising. The ad needs very little in the way of explanation - which is one of the many benefits of creating ads for one of the world's most recognisable brands.

Winner: Playstation PS5 'UK Underground 48-hour takeover PS5'. Those who know, know. This idea plays right into the hearts and minds of those Sony Playstation gamers who love their brand. Buzzworthy and a true demonstration of understanding your target, this simple yet playful takeover is a great example of a brand connecting directly with its fans. In a perfect world.

Runner up: El Universo Newspaper 'The Holy Ad'. This is a nice little headline grabbing idea and one of those initiatives that demonstrates a creativity can be used to chip away at very big problems. It also speaks to the truth that scalable impact can spring from even the smallest of behavioural changes. Simple, thoughtful and well executed, the only question we have on this particular campaign is around the results - those numbers seem big. Kudos to the team if they're accurate. For the sake of the environment, we really hope they are.

Winner: CALM 'Finding the words'. This is a strong example of what happens when the unique capability of a medium meets the power of a compelling message. By leveraging the unique aspect of the YouTube environment, this ad forces the viewer to do the very thing it's asking us all to do - stop and take notice of what people are actually saying when they speak. An important and timely message wrapped up in stellar execution. Well done.

Runner up: IKEA 'Life (at home) by IKEA'. A nice little intersection of where a brand who understands the role it plays in its customers' lives, meets the new realities of a quarantined world. No disingenuous "we're in this together" messages. Simply a well thought out, uniquely ownable and friendly way of saying that no matter how your life changes, IKEA products are designed to adapt to your version of modern life (at home).

Featured Companies: The Garden

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