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Welcome to The Cannes Lions School

Enabling creative thinking. Enhancing creative skills. Empowering creative bravery.

Cannes Lions has been training the creative industry  since 1995. In that time The Cannes Lions School has evolved from a one-off competition for rising creative stars, to a week-long event that takes in extensive and varied learning programmes and competitions designed to cater to multiple disciplines and career stages. .

The World’s Biggest Creative Campus

This is the home of the Cannes Lions School: a sprawling campus supercharged with infectious creative energy, fuelled by a passion to overcome mediocrity and bustling with the industry’s best and brightest.

Cannes Lions School Honorary Chairman

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is delighted to confirm Maurice Levy as The Honorary Chairman of the Cannes Lions School. Together we will work closely to ensure that the next generation is nurtured, encouraged and championed, exploring new opportunities to engage the global young lions community throughout the year.

Commenting on his appointment Mr Levy said: "I am honoured that the Festival asked me to take on the role of Honorary Chairman of the Cannes Lions School, an initiative that I believe is essential for supporting and promoting future generations of creative minds. We are in a people industry and must remain true to this by helping young talents to bloom, flourish and grow. At Publicis Groupe, we value the people behind the work we create above all else; our talents are our strongest assets. I am more excited than ever to see what the future generations of talented individuals will bring to the Festival and to the industry as a whole, and the Cannes Lions School is a great gateway to achieving a more creative future."

Maurice Levy

The Academies

The Cannes Lions Academies mould rising stars from across the world into the next generation of creative leaders. Open to any professional under 30, each Academy exposes high-potential talent to a career-changing learning experience, combining classroom sessions with world-class speakers, tutored by industry legends. Each academy agenda is carefully curated to enable you to return to your company inspired, braver and take your career to the next level.


The campus

The location for all the classrooms right in the heart of the festival action. The 2017 campus is much improved: classrooms are bigger, noise pollution is minimised and sessions also taking place on the terrace overlooking the Cannes Lions Beach. Featuring delicious food, mobile charging stations and installations to interact with, this is a great base to explore the Festival from.

The networking

With academies made up of agency and clients from across the world, you have the chance to meet and make connections with people of varied nationalities, skillsets and disciplines. On Sunday 18 June, we kick off with a joint academy presentation called Creativity Matters, followed by drinks. At the end of each day, all academies will hear a thought leadership session that builds their personal brand followed by some drinks

World-class speakers

The academies catapult participants straight into the industry and bring them face to face with their heroes. Each year, industry legends, award-winning writers, designers, entrepreneurs and the Festival’s main-stage speakers attend classroom sessions, pushing you to your creative limits, taking part in Q&As and offering up hard-earned advice. 

The outcome 

When the week is out, academy delegates return home more confident, more effective and better equipped to make better business decisions. Everyone who has taken part will have honed their craft, improved their knowledge base, learnt from the best, made new contacts, set new career goals and become a champion of creativity. They'll also have memories to last a lifetime. 

Find the perfect academy for you


Strong leadership is key to business success. And no matter how high up the ladder you climb, there’s always room for improvement. The executive learning opportunities on offer at Cannes Lions cater to the development needs of senior leaders, helping them to drive performance and gain that all-important competitive edge by putting creativity at the heart of their organisations.


Cannes Creative Leaders Programme

To help creative executives lead their teams, agencies and companies more successfully, Cannes Lions and the Berlin School of Creative Leadership offer a special two-week intensive training initiative taking place in Berlin and Cannes.

CMO Accelerator 

This highly customised two-day programme is unlike any other currently available, enabling senior marketing leaders to return to their companies better prepared to deliver sustainable and endurable brand value.

Masters of Creativity

A five-day professional qualification designed to help people with around seven years’ industry experience hone their skills in everything from selling creativity to strategic leadership.


The future of our industry lies in the hands of its youngest members and there are all kinds of opportunities at Cannes Lions for students working towards a career in communications. Each academy is designed to catapult careers forward and prepare young creative professionals for exciting new opportunities in the industry. 


Roger Hatchuel Academy 

Led by Clive Challis, the head of Central Saint Martin’s globally respected advertising course in London, this intensive course blends classroom sessions with a selection of Festival content, kick-starting the careers of young creatives. 

Portfolio Reviews

A strong portfolio is crucial for securing your first break in the competitive creative industry. To help up-and-comers out, these review sessions give students the chance to talk through their book with an industry expert and get tips for showing off their talent to maximum effect.

One to Ones  

These sessions match students with an experienced Cannes Lions jury member for an individual, hour-long mentoring session. Learn how to get ahead in the industry from people who’ve already made it and take your first steps in forming a professional network.  

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