Francesco Bestagno

Creative Director, Demner, Merlicek & Bergmann, Austria

“I’m honored to be part of this top-level international delegation. I’m looking forward to a demanding week spent with an impressive jury put together by experts from diverse cultures and areas of expertise, to exciting conversations, to interesting cases that will hopefully surprise, amaze, and inspire me and that will allow me to further hone my criteria and instincts for excellent work.”

Francesco Bestagno was born 1966 in Sanremo, Italy. He graduated 1987 at Art School St. Ulrich in South Tyrol and also as one of the first alumni of Prof. Walter Lürzer at „School for Applied Art Vienna“. After his education he started first as a Graphic Designer at Demner, Merlicek & Bergmann. Later he became Art Director, Head of Digital Media and currently he is working as Creative Director as well as member of the company management. His work throughout the past 25 years has been awarded many times around the world. Bestagno is one of the most awarded Creative Directors in Austria.

Just to name a few: Cannes, Clio, Cresta, Golden Drum, Mobius, New York Festivals, London International Advertising Awards, Creative Club Austria, Epica, Eurobest, Columbus, Montreux, AFSP, John Caple Award, ADC Europe.