Flying High, Longlist - Commercial

Samsung, Onions

Sam Hibbard


Sam Hibbard searches for the strange in the everyday. In his commercial and narrative work, he has developed a distinct brand of surreal comedy driven by zany eccentrics and suburban oddities. Sam began his career as a copywriter in Australia, before moving to the UK to work as a writer, creative and art director at Fallon, Glue Society, Grey London, WLTBWA, Nonstop and FP7. He made a natural transition into directing, working on humorous and surprising campaigns including ‘Tiny Whale’ for Babbel, 'Nothing to Hide' for Absolut and ‘Blow Dry' for Smart Energy. In 2019, he directed ‘The Smell of Spring’ for Hornbach, ‘Grannies’ for Diet Coke, 'Gift Differently’ for TK Maxx and ‘Christmas’ for Zalando. Sam’s narrative work showcases the versatility of his style. He directed an ode to middle aged debauchery for ‘Best Hugs’ by Dram, as well as the short film ‘Stepney Line Dancer’, a touching tribute to London counterculture. In 2019 Sam directed two Christmas films, for TKMaxx and Zalando which featured music from T. Rex. Sam’s latest film ‘Onions’ for Samsung was a heartfelt story written by sam, inspired by a true photograph.