With less than a month to go until Super Bowl XLIX, anticipation is building with millions of fans around the world eager to learn which advertisements will take center stage during The Big Game.
PepsiCo’s Doritos brand — which has consistently presented some of the most memorable and talked-about ads of Super Bowls past — announced the 10 finalists in its “Crash the Super Bowl” contest who will be competing for coveted Super Bowl XLIX airtime and a shot at a $1 million grand prize and Universal Picture dream job.
Selected from nearly 4,900 submissions representing 29 countries around the world, these 10 finalist ads include a record four international finalists, setting up the possibility that a filmmaker from outside the U.S. could take home the top prize for the first time in contest history. Fans are now invited to vote for the best ad on www.doritos.com from January 5 to January 28.
Two finalist ads will air during the Super Bowl XLIX broadcast, one selected by fan votes here and the other by the Doritos brand. The creator of the ad receiving the most fan votes will win a guaranteed $1 million grand prize, as well as an opportunity unlike any other in the history of the contest: a chance to work as a contractor for a full year onsite at Universal Pictures in Hollywood, where they will lend their creative talents to a variety of projects, including future Universal Pictures releases such as “Pitch Perfect 2” and other big comedies.
The 10 Crash the Super Bowl finalist ads (in alphabetical order by finalist last name) are:
“Doritos Angler” by James Bedford, UK
“Baby’s First Word” by Travis Braun, USA
“Selfish Sneezers” by Devon Ferguson, Canada
“The Lemonade Stand” by David Horowitz, USA
“Trouble in the Back Seat” by Jason Johnson, USA
“Mis-Spelling Bee” by Brian Kleinschmidt, USA
“What Could Go Wrong?” by Alex Pepper, USA
“Doritos Manchild” by Armand de Saint-Salvy, Australia
“When Pigs Fly” by Graham Talbot, Canada
“Middle Seat” by Scott Zabielski, USA
The 10 finalist ads were narrowed down from 29 semifinalist ads by a qualified panel of judges, including executives from the Doritos brand, advertising professionals, and actress/producer Elizabeth Banks — who is making her directorial debut on “Pitch Perfect 2” and has starred in critically acclaimed films such as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Seabiscuit,” and “Pitch Perfect,” as well as global franchises like “The Lego Movie,” “The Hunger Games,” and “Spider-Man.”
“It has been an incredible experience to lend a hand in selecting the finalists for this year’s Crash the Super Bowl program,” Banks said. “I’m excited to see which ad captures the hearts of fans and which filmmaker will win the life-changing opportunity to work at Universal.”
“Doritos fans are among the most talented and creative individuals out there — they’ve blown us away each year for nearly a decade,” said Ram Krishnan, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Frito-Lay North America. “This year’s contest is no exception and proves once again that amazing content can come from anywhere. The competition is just heating up — we’re excited to find out which finalist ad the world rallies around and selects as this year’s grand prize winner.”
Each of the 10 Crash the Super Bowl finalists will win an invitation to Arizona to attend Super Bowl XLIX and watch the game from a private suite, where they will tune in to learn which finalist ads will air for the world to see. The eight finalists whose commercials don’t air during the broadcast will each win $25,000. The runner-up whose ad airs, but does not receive the most fan votes, will win $50,000. The Super Bowl XLIX broadcast is set for Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, on NBC in the United States and local broadcast networks around the world.