Awards FAQ

When is the next edition of Cannes Lions?

The next edition of the Cannes Lions Festival including Awards will take place June 21-25 2021, when we look forward to welcoming back the world’s top brands and the creative industries to celebrate the best of global creativity.


I submitted entries for Cannes Lions 2020, what happens next?

The work that would have been judged in 2020 will now be judged at the 2021 festival.


Can I still enter work that would have been eligible for Cannes Lions 2020?

Yes, you can enter either ‘2020 Work’ or ‘2021 Work’ up until the final deadline on 15 April 2021.

The specific eligibility dates and requirements for ‘2020 Work’ and ‘2021 Work’ are detailed on our Rules & Eligibility page.

If you're not sure whether your work is eligible get in touch. We strongly recommend checking eligibility before you start to create your entry submissions. 


Will ‘2020 Work’ be judged against ‘2021 Work’?

Work from the 2020 eligibility period will be judged in separate sessions to work from the 2021 eligibility period.

The same jury will judge both year’s work, but in separate sessions.


Will you be awarding Lions for work from 2020 and Lions for work from 2021?

Yes, we will be awarding two sets of Lions at the 2021 festival; one set for work from the 2020 eligibility period and another set for the work from the 2021 eligibility period.


Have there been any changes to the Lions and categories in 2021?

We have not removed any categories or Lions from the 2020 list, however we have introduced new categories. You can find out more about what’s new here.

If you feel your work is better suited to a new category, you will be able to move your work. Please see Part A of the Rules for further information. 


I have submitted physical supporting material already, what will happen to it?

If you have already sent materials for your entries then we will store them in preparation for judging at Cannes Lions 2021. If you choose to withdraw your entry we will recycle your entry materials where possible.


Entry Process FAQs

Is my work eligible for Cannes Lions?

The entry must have been created within the context of a normal paying contract and genuine brief from a brand OR, if it’s a case of self-promotion or a non-profit organisation, the brand has approved all the media / production / implementation. More information here.

Eligibility dates are dependent on the Lion and year that is being entered. Please check the eligibility criteria for each Lion on our Rules & Eligibility page. If you're not sure whether your work is eligible get in touch.


What are the key dates for entering my work into Cannes Lions?

Entries open 14 October 2020 and our final deadline is 15 April 2021. You can find further details on our Dates & Fees page


How do I choose where to enter and find out more about the entry process?

Awards Experts are available all year to talk you through the process and give you further advice about any specific queries, including help with category selection. Contact us here.


Where can I find the material guidelines or media specifications?

The Supporting Material Guidelines can be found in Entry Kit 1. Download the Entry Kit here.


When should I send the physical material?

In light of the disruption faced by the industry, we are opening earlier than usual to give you more time to prepare your entries for judging in 2021, however we ask that all entrants delay sending any physical materials relating to their entries until further notice. We will be in contact in the coming months to confirm the process. 


I'm worried I won't be ready to submit my work before the deadline. Can I ask for more time?

If you are concerned that you won’t meet the final deadline on 15 April 2021, please get in touch.


Can I pay first and upload material later?

All media included in your entry must be the final version at the point that you complete and pay for them. No replacement or additional media can be accepted after an entry has been finalised and received by the Festival without exception.


What payment methods are accepted?

We accept Credit Card and Bank Transfer Payments. If you wish to change your payment method after you have submitted your entries, please get in touch with our Awards Experts for more information.


Does the entry fee cover all my entries?

The entry fee is charged per individual entry, i.e. one piece of work entered in a single category. The fees per Lions differ, you can check the fees here.


I have submitted my entries, what happens next?

After submission, each entry is reviewed by our Awards Experts before it is presented to the Jury. Please make sure that the Entry Contact is ready to be contacted by our team if we have any need for clarification about your entry. Find out more about the judging process here.


Can I withdraw my entry?

To request a withdrawal, please email with your entry number and title.

Please check our Dates & Fees page for further information on the withdrawals process.


When do I find out if my work has been shortlisted or awarded??

Shortlists will be announced on The Work and appear in Lions Daily, a daily printed publication which is available at the Festival. Winners are announced at the relevant Festival award shows and will appear online and in Lions Daily the next day.