Cannes Lions award-winning ideas should be celebrated, and we don’t think it’s an appropriate time for that right now.
We’re grateful to all of your teams who have already spent a great deal of time on this year’s awards and the event. Their efforts won’t go wasted.
Work from the 2020 festival will be judged at the 2021 festival. The Cannes Lions Awards will be held in Cannes between June 21-25, 2021. The work eligible for each year’s festival will be judged separately. Separate Lions will be awarded accordingly.
We look forward to celebrating and honouring the work – and bringing the community together again when the world will hopefully be a more stable and optimistic place.
If you have any further queries related to Awards please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are Cannes Lions 2020 Awards still happening?
The work that would have been judged in 2020 will now be judged at the 2021 festival. This work is still being accepted until 30 June 2020 at which point we will close, we will then re-open in October 2020. The final deadline for entries is 15 April 2021.
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.
Are you still accepting entries?
We are accepting entries until 30 June 2020 at which point we will close, we will then re-open in October 2020. 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. The final deadline for entries is 15 April 2021.
You can enter either ‘2020 work’ or ‘2021 work’ when we are open during the above periods, up until the final deadline in April 2021.
We are currently not accepting entries for Creative Effectiveness Lions and will accept entries from October for Creative Effectiveness for both 2020 and 2021, see below for more details.
How will you separate work for each year’s Awards? What are the eligibility dates for each year’s work?
The work eligible for each year’s festival will be judged separately. Separate Lions will be awarded accordingly.
Work for the 2020 eligibility period: implemented for the first time between 1 March 2019 – 31 May 2020. Referred to as ‘2020 work’.
Work for the 2021 eligibility period: implemented for the first time between 1 June 2020 – 30 April 2021. Referred to as ‘2021 work’.
For certain Lions, the eligibility period is slightly different and these details can be found on our Dates & Fees 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 the work from 2020 and 2021 be judged by the same jury?
Yes, the same jury will judge both years’ work, but in separate sessions. Separate Lions will be awarded accordingly.
I have already submitted my entries, what happens next?
Your entries will be judged at Cannes Lions 2021.
If you would like to amend or change your entry, please email email@example.com with your entry number and title and further explanation.
Will work from 2020 be judged against work from 2021?
Work from the 2020 eligibility period (1 March 2019 – 31 May 2020) will be judged in separate sessions from work from the 2021 eligibility period (1 June 2020 – 30 April 2021).
Separate Lions will be awarded accordingly.
Do I need to enter my 2020 work before 30 June 2020?
You can enter work eligible for either 2020 or 2021 up to the 30 June 2020, we will then be closed until October 2020 when we will re-open. In light of the disruption faced by the industry, we are opening earlier than usual to give you and us more time to prepare your entries for judging in 2021. The final deadline is 15 April 2021.
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.
Will there be any changes to the Lions and categories in 2021?
We may add new categories when we re-open in October 2020. We do not intend to remove any categories from the current category list.
If you feel your work is better suited to a new category, you will be able to move your work.
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.
What are the new deadlines?
The new 2021 deadlines are below:
First late fee applies: After 11 March 2021
Second late fee applies: After 25 March 2021
Third late fee applies: After 8 April 2021
Entries deadline: 15 April 2021
We are accepting entries until 30 June 2020 at which point we will close, we will then re-open in October 2020 and stay open until the final deadline, 15 April 2021.
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 Dates & Fees page.
If you're not sure whether your work is eligible get in touch.
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?
As judging will now take place in 2021, 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?Contact our Awards Experts to discuss how we can help you with your entry process.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your entry number and title.
When do I find out if I’ve won?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.