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The Cannes Lions School continually evolves to meet the needs of the industry, reflect its trends and point the way forward. It's packed with learning opportunities suitable for all levels and multiple branded communications disciplines.

The Cannes Lion School 2018

The Cannes Lions School curriculum is a week-long essential event for anyone wanting to accelerate their career.

For rising stars

The Cannes Lions Academies mould rising stars from across the world into the next generation of creative leaders. Open to professionals under 30, our Academies combining classroom sessions with world-class speakers and coaching from industry legends.

For industry leaders

The Cannes Lions School’s executive training programmes hone leadership skills, enabling senior industry members to boost business performance and drive a creative culture.

The Young Lions Competitions in 2018

Our seven Young Lions Competitions are where the next generation of creative stars go head-to-head. If you're under 30 they're one of the best places at the Festival to celebrate your creativity on a global stage.

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The next generation take the stage

The Young Lions competitions let the next generation of creative superstars demonstrate their creativity on a global stage. Taking place live in Cannes, there are competitions to suit people from every corner of the communications industry. Judged by members of the Cannes Lions Jury it's the perfect opportunity to put your talent in the spotlight.

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The Competitons


The Young Lions Print competition challenges talented young creative to create a print ad within 24 hours with each participating country represented by one creative team.


The Young Lions Media Competition challenges the brightest professional minds working in media agencies to demonstrate their strategic thinking and innovative approaches to solving an important marketing challenge.


The Young Lions Digital Competition will challenge teams to create an integrated digitally led campaign in 24 hours. Teams will be briefed by the client, a charity or NGO, and expected to use digital led executions and the technology behind them to solve the problem.


Imagine having only 48 hours to film and edit a 60-second commercial, filmed entirely on a camera that the Festival provides. This is the challenge that young Creatives face in the Film Competition.


The Young Marketers Competition champions the world’s best young client marketers. Over an intense 24-hour period, teams of two will work to come up with a concise, direct and effective brief – the kind that will clearly act as a creative springboard for an agency.


The Young Lions Design Competition gives graphic and other specialist designers the space to showcase their talent and test their skills against the rest of the industry. Teams of two are required to deliver a brand identity in response to a brief set by a charity or NGO.


The Young Lions PR Competition offers the opportunity to young professionals working in PR agencies to test their skills and showcase their talent on a global stage. After flying to Cannes team have just 24 hours to create an innovative PR Campaign in response to a client brief.

How to get involved

To compete in Cannes teams must first win their local Young Lions Competitions. To find out which competitions are running in your country contact your local Cannes Lions Representative

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The Academy Experience

Participating in a Cannes Lions Academy is like no other learning opportunity in the world. Mark Tutssel, Global Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett Worldwide, described it as "five years learning in five days". It's guaranteed inspiration. It's guaranteed to change your life.

The classroom is your exclusive opportunity to hear speakers up close and personal. You'll even get a chance to directly ask the questions you want answered, which our speakers love. They get to talk to 30 of the brightest talents in the world - trust us, they're excited to hear what you think.

Are you the best?

This year, Academy places are by application only. Tutors want a class of hungry, talented individuals who really want to be there. Your company is investing in you, so you must be serious about your career.

With each class limited to 30 places, it's the best of the best. 67% of Academy alumni have been promoted within six months of attending. Will you be next?

Six days of learning

The Academies kick off at 15:00 on Sunday 17 June with a group welcome session and drinks. Academies then split into their classes to meet the tutors and each other. The Academy experience is specially curated for you by the tutors and Festival, so no other delegate will have a journey like yours.

The Cannes Lions School Campus

The Campus is the heart and soul of the Festival, home to the Academy classrooms and Young Lions Competitions. The space is vibrant and alive, and is a shared space that will also welcome guest speakers, Happy Hour drinks each afternoon, and The Night School on Wednesday 20 June.

Accommodation in Cannes

We have an exclusive selection of accommodation for Young Lions throughout the city, with prices starting at €88 per night. If you're selected for an Academy place, once you have paid for your ticket you'll be sent a link to choose your accommodation according to your budget.

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