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10 interesting facts about the Cannes Lions juries

Some numbers, facts and unusual anecdotes from the world of the juries

created on Friday 5 May 2017

1. Juries at the Festival will spend at least 1278 hours in judging and discussion. That’s enough time to fly around the world 19 times.

The Radio jury
sit in silence for 3 days, listening to entries on headphones. 

3. In 2016, the latest recorded finishing time of a jury was 2:30am. The Mobile Jury obviously had a lot to discuss!
4. As a truly international Festival of creativity, 50 countries are represented across the juries. That’s 10 more than in the 2016! Vietnam and the Domincan Republic will make their national debut on a jury this year. 
5. You would need 78 London black taxis to fit all of this year’s 390 jurors. When the Festival started in 1954 you would have needed just 4. 
6. Out of 64 years, there were only two occasions in Cannes Lions history where no Grands Prix at all were awarded at the Festival: Once in 1980 (although there was just one jury then), and again in 1995 (two juries). The latter proved particularly unpopular with the audience, who responded with several minutes of booing. 
7. If you were to watch all the entries into the Film Lions from start to finish, it would take at least 100 hours. That’s the same length of time it would take to watch all the Harry Potter films, every episode of Seinfeld and listen to all 17 studio albums by Fleetwood Mac
8. At least 43% of the 2017 juries are women. This marks an increase from 40% on 2016. 

9. If you’re inside the Palais, chances are there’s some judging happening just around the corner. Juries are hidden away in 23 rooms around the building. 
10. In recent years, the most common complaint from members of the jury is about temperature. Despite being in the south of France at the height of summer, air conditioning in the Palais keeps temperatures pretty chilled. This year, for the first time, official blankets will be provided!

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