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New Ford ads from Denmark tackle divorce with an engaging approach

Pressemeddelelse   •   Mar 11, 2016 15:40 CET

“The Family” is launched as a three part miniseries telling the story of a struggling family going through a divorce. 

With Denmark currently experiencing a higher amount of people getting divorced than in the last 10 years Ford Denmark addresses a range of difficult emotions that many Danish families can recognize. Despite the new family pattern, there is hope at the end of the tunnel.

“The Family” has been developed in collaboration with Ford Denmark who, with this unconventional theme, wants to challenge the glamorous images that car commercials typically paint of the happy family on the road to new adventures. Instead the film focuses on everyday life, where extra energy can be in short supply in a family where the familiar life is disrupting. Watch the movie here

Kristine Dam Jensen, Marketing & Communications Supervisor at Ford Denmark explains: "Ford wants to challenge the way people think and experience advertising. We want to engage consumers in a different way by talking to their feelings - both the positive and the negative. By creating a film that is based on one fragmenting family, we tell the story that new family structures can result in positive new ways of living.”The film is a new variation of the theme "Success Against the Odds" that Ford Denmark introduced with the films about the Danish surf collective Oh Dawn, photographer Kenneth Nguyen and Noma chef Søren Westh.

Lene Dahlquist, Communication and Public Affairs, Ford Denmark adds: “At Ford Denmark we believe that people and their needs come first. If people are to succeed, the right conditions must be present - and although things may be about to fall apart, Ford would like to position itself as a backbone in family life, that you can always count on.”And continues: “The car is a gathering point for the family. This is where we meet and part and where we have time to talk – it facilitates everyday challenges."

The Family represents a unique opportunity to really be able to tell a story and it is extremely brave of a brand to take the time. Typically you only have 15-30 seconds to get the message through. "We believe that there is a huge potential in this format, and we are proud to help Ford Denmark take this big step," says Thomas Bjerg, CEO of Very. He adds: "We are very excited to work with Ford Denmark who has had the courage to take on an issue as important as this one. Ford has had confidence in the insight and strategy behind this project."

Film director Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen examines how to get everyday life to function when the familiar life is changing. "My ambition with the short film was to tell a story about making it through the challenges. There have never been so many families disrupting, as is the case in Denmark in recent years. But the new family structures can also result in positive new ways of living. My film serves as a voice in the debate on family constellations and I believe that we are going to see many different constellations of families in the future," says Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen and continues: "I am proud to be working with Ford Denmark, who has had the courage to get involved in this project where other brands would pass."

The latest development for Ford Denmark's news story includes a 2-minute trailer from the short film "The Family". The trailer-add has succeeds in penetrating the trailer block in the cinemas, which usually is closed for commercial adds. The trailer can be seen on Danish cinema screens across the country.

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The short film (three episodes) has got a great start and has reached more than 130,000 views online. The short film alone has been viewed by more than 50,000 times, and there are currently more than 85 editorial stories - including international media as Ad Week and The Huffington Post. 

Facts about "The Family"

One of the biggest US news sites, Huffington Post writes: "Regardless of what the film is selling, it's a beautiful reminder att nothing - not even divorce - can break a family." 

The Family campaign was named "Ad of the Day" by the advertising site Adweek:  

New Ford ads about divorce by Creative Review  

Danish TV2 lifestyle has written about the Ford story that has received international attention

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Mich. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 53,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 68,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (16 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and 8 unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.

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