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All the help you need to craft an award-winning entry

Make sure you are ready when entries open on 19 January by reading all our helpful advice about what sets winning work apart from the rest.

Learn from Lion winners  

You can find every Lion-winning and shortlisted entry since 2001 – complete with case files – in the Cannes Lions Archive. Browse through these standout examples to give yourself an idea of how to set your own work apart from the crowd. 

Get the lowdown on the judges you need to impress

The Cannes Lions Juries are made up of some of the industry’s most distinguished members. Check out who makes up the panel for your entry category to see who exactly your work needs to connect with. 

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Each category’s detailed entry kit provides a comprehensive checklist for entering your work. They will be published soon so keep you eyes peeled for more information to help you polish your submissions.

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Need help getting your work entry ready? Our dedicated Awards Team is always happy to answer any questions you have about submissions. You can get in touch with the relevant Awards Manager for your work here.

Advice from the experts

Have you got your sights set on one of those iconic trophies? We’ve gathered insights from Cannes Lions jury members to give your work the best possible shot at success.
  • Tick Keep it simple “Less is more. Many case films fail to communicate a clear idea and a compelling strategy.”
  • Tick Keep it brief  “The Juries are perfectly capable of grasping whether a project has merit based on a concise, coherent explanation.” 
  • Tick Keep it international “English isn’t always the first language. Entries that hinge on a cultural nuance may require additional information.” 
  • Tick Keep it fresh “You may have lived and breathed the work, but the Jury hasn’t. Look at the idea with a fresh pair of eyes and distill it for a new audience.” 
  • Tick Keep it relevant  “Carefully consider the best category for your entry and ensure that it demonstrates both relevance and specifity for your audience.”