AT&T "Close To Home"


Since 2010, AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign has made texting while driving a matter of urgent national importance. The effort has been credited with changing laws and behavior across the country, even the world. But as our smartphones evolved, becoming even more inseparable to our lives, so changed our behavior. Most everyone agreed texting while driving was dangerous. But what about glancing at an alert from Facebook? Or changing a song on Spotify? 

AT&T asked the team at BBDO to create a film that would tackle that issue head-on. The result is "Close to Home," a four-minute film that introduces the viewer to six lives that would be forever changed because of one split-second mistake. 

Within days of its release, the film had been shared over a million times on Facebook. It appeared on the Today Show, ABC's World News Tonight, called "harrowing and heartbreaking" by The Huffington Post. People around the world posted the film along with their personal pledges to never again glance at their phone while driving.

Director: Frédéric Planchon 

Awards & Recognitions

Cannes 2016 - Gold, Film Direction
Cannes 2016 - Silver, Film Editing
Cannes 2016 - Shortlist, Corporate Image
Cannes 2016 - Shortlist, Film Cinematography
AICP 2016 - Best in Show
D&AD 2016 - Film Craft, Direction
D&AD 2016 - Film Craft, Special Effects
One Show 2016 - Gold, Online Film
One Show 2016 - Gold, Craft: Cinematography
One Show 2016 - Gold, Craft: Editing
One Show 2016 - Silver, Branded Entertainment Music/Sound
One Show 2016 - Merit, Social Responsibility
One Show 2016 - Merit, Craft: Writing
One Show 2016 - Merit, Craft: Music/Sound
One Show 2016 - Merit, Branded Entertainment Direction
One Show 2016 - Merit, Branded Entertainment Cinematography
Clios 2016 - Gold, Film Direction
Clios 2016 - Silver, Cinematography
Clios 2016 - Bronze, Short Form
Clios 2016 - Shortlist, Visual Effects
Clios 2016 - Shortlist, Sound Design
LIA 2015 - Gold, Direction
LIA 2015 - Gold, Special Effects
Webby 2016, Nominee, Online Film
Art Director’s Club 2016, Bronze, VFX
2015 Ciclope Festival - Grand Prix
2015 Cristal Festival - Gold x 3, Silver
The Drum - Best of 2015
Adweek World's Best Commercials of 2015-2016