Young Guns

Young Guns is a portfolio competition awarding creative professionals 30 years and under, including designers, illustrators, entrepreneurs, and more!

A diverse group of 32 talented creatives in 14 countries and regions have been named winners in the prestigious Young Guns 19 competition, celebrating creative professionals age 30 or younger.

A program of The One Club for Creativity, the world's foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design, Young Guns is the industry’s only global, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies and celebrates today’s vanguard of young creatives.

This year’s entries were received from 38 countries, and judged by a diverse jury of 88 top creatives, nearly half of whom are past YG winners.

Winners were celebrated at Sony Hall in New York City on Wednesday, November 17th.

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Young Guns 19

Boma Iluma


Hometown: Abuja, Nigeria
Current City: Los Angeles, CA

Boma Iluma grew up between Abuja, Nigeria, and Atlanta, Georgia; he has strong emotional and familial connections to both places, communities, and histories. Through acting in commercials (Cartoon Network; the NBA) and the Atlanta theater scene, he cultivated his interest in filmmaking and began directing.

His directorial debut - visual art piece NEGUS - foregrounds how Blackness in America involves being actively unseen and violently misunderstood. It premiered in Los Angeles art circles in 2019. He then directed HEiRS for Nike's Air Jordan - a diverse, Generation Z reimagining of the iconic brand. The piece premiered in 2020 at New York Fashion Week and was showcased at Jumpman, LA.

His narrative short film, COMFORT, was selected in Hillman Grad's Rising Voices Initiative, and premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2021, and was acquired by Amazon Prime Video for distribution. Subsequently, Roman Coppola handpicked Boma to participate in THE SEVEN FACES OF JANE, an innovative feature weaving together eight different 8- to 12-minute short films. The Nigerian-raised filmmaker has since directed films for top brands such as; Oakley, The New Yorker, Jeep, Ford, and more.

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COMFORT Agency: Boma Iluma Category: YG19 Year: 2021
Coloreds: Negus + Mandé Agency: Boma Iluma Category: YG19 Year: 2021
HEiRS Agency: Boma Iluma Category: YG19 Year: 2021
Berhana- Golden Pt. 2 Featuring Mereba Agency: Boma Iluma Category: YG19 Year: 2021
Slam Magazine Voting PSA Agency: Boma Iluma Category: YG19 Year: 2021
Negus Agency: Boma Iluma Category: YG19 Year: 2021




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