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The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media and digital channels, campaigns, websites and applications. The early deadline is on December 3rd, 2020.

From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards

Lily & The Snowman

Finalist in Entertainment

Entered in Facebook Presence

About this entry

Great brands are anchored in a higher purpose. For Cineplex – the largest theatre chain and one of the largest entertainment companies in the country – that purpose is helping Canadians "prioritize pleasure". Cineplex believes entertainment is meaningful and we could all use more of it in our lives.

Our objective then was to inspire people to rediscover the importance of entertainment and, through the power of storytelling, go from being a company that plays other people's stories to a brand that tells their own stories too.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

The busyness of day-to-day life can consume us and over time, we lose perspective on the things that are most important. People of all ages need to be reminded of the bigger picture—that there is more to life.

It's this perspective we need more of and what better place than Cineplex to rediscover it. When we ask people to "See The Big Picture" we are not only reminding them of an unrivalled entertainment experience, we are also asking them to rediscover the meaningful role entertainment can play in their lives.

To launch the platform, we created a short animated film that told a parable of entertainment in a woman's life, from childhood to adulthood.

The film was released online on Facebook and YouTube on December 15th and features a cover of Genesis "Follow You Follow Me" performed by Canadian singer Adaline. It began playing in-theatre during pre-shows on December 18th alongside the release of Star Wars. Movie posters, trailers, a "Making-of" film, social media posts and more supported the film's release.

Results

During the film's first 12 days (Dec 15-27), the film greatly exceeded expectations in every category. With an online media budget of only $150,000, it received:

Currently, the film has reached over 28 million views. It has received overwhelmingly positive feedback. And many of the comments illustrate our strategy has struck a chord with people across Canada.

Media

Video for Lily & The Snowman

Produced by

Zulu Alpha Kilo & Hornet, Cineplex

Entry Credits

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, Snapchat, and the rest of the social web.

the 13th annual shorty awards for brands and organizations is open for entries! early deadline on dec 3rd, 2020.