MAD STARS Opens NEW STARS 2024 Competition

MAD STARS has announced the opening of its NEW STARS 2024 competition.

The opportunity not only spotlights outstanding talent to potential employers throughout the region, but also offers junior creatives an immersive experience in one of Asia’s most vibrant creative hubs. The Gold award winner will also receive a workation in Busan, the most picturesque coastal city in Korea.

The competition aims to develop the creative skills that will fast-track career paths, be a showcase for junior creatives’ ideas and abilities and enhance their network, introducing them to mentors and judges from the top tiers of the industry.


NEW STARS is the headstart for creatives all over the world who are under five years in their career and aspire to learn and develop their experience to be able to soar. It is scheduled to run from 20 to 23 August, for 4 days at BEXCO in Busan, Republic of Korea. Its judges are composed of ten top level industry professionals from eight countries.

Participants may apply as individuals or teams of two. They may also be specialising in occupations such as marketing, public relations, advertising or technology.

Applications are open from 2 April to 6 June, 2024, by filling out the registration form on the MAD STARS website (only in English). Participants will be selected based on their clear reasons for applying, the introduction they create and their sincerity toward NEW STARS and their career. Accepted finalists will be announced on the NEW STARS website on 15 June. A registration fee of US$1,300 is the payable.

The competition will run over two days, followed by judging and then a number of benefits. These include special sessions and conversations with jury members and plenty of time to absorb, enjoy and by inspired by the MAD STARS festival. Other benefits include being invited to the MAD STARS Opening ceremony and Gala, the NEW STARS networking Party, MAD STARS networking party and MAD STARS Awards Show and Closing Gala.


NEW STARS finalists also receive accommodation and meals for 5 nights and 6 days (airfare and transportation costs are not provided), free registration to access MAD STARS 2024 (full package), a trophy for all winners Bronze and above and certificates of participation for all finalists.

Kazuhide Adachi, Creative Director, Dentsu Inc., and NEW STARS judge last year, commented, “The nurturing of young people is necessary so that this industry doesn’t become old and desolate. I think they will destroy what they think is wrong with this industry one after another and rebuild it with a new perspective.”

NEW STARS 2023 Gold winners, Rizki Bastian Vincentius Jeremy and Vinda Perdana, Alva – Olrange, Indonesia, stated, “Sharing perspectives and finally meeting so many creatives from around the world has been incredible. We are deeply honoured to represent Indonesia in this competition and view this achievement as both a reminder and the beginning of all that the future holds.”

NEW STARS is the opportunity for juniors to become the creative they have always wanted to be. Apply here.

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