The World's Biggest Creative Campus

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.

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81% of alumni describe the experience as life-changing

Supercharge performance

86% of alumni now make better creative decisions.

Accelerate your career 

67% of alumni were promoted post Festival.

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

Cannes Lions has been training the branded communications industry since 1995. In that time the Cannes Lions School has evolved from a one-off competition for rising stars to a week-long essential event for anyone wanting to accelerate their career.

"The most inspiring and collaborative experience I could have imagined"

Claire Elsworth

Young Media Academy delegate 2017

"If you went out and tried to pay for the same quality of content elsewhere, you just couldn’t do that."

Marc Landsberg

Founder & CEO, socialdeviant

"A lifetime of inspiration condensed into one week."

Trong Ronakiat

Young Creative Academy delegate 2017

For students

We’re committed to giving those at the start of their careers a helping hand to break into the industry, raise their profile and build a network of contacts. For this reason the Cannes Lions School offers mentoring opportunities and a unique student academy.

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.

And the Young Lions Competitons

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.

The 2018 courses

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

The Roger Hatchuel Academy

Experience intensive mentorship from industry thought-leaders, marketing luminaries and some of the world’s most celebrated creatives.

Young Creative Academy

This course provides attendees with access to the industry’s greatest minds and insights into the world’s most-awarded creative work.

Young Marketers Academy

This five-day course addresses the importance of creativity in communications and the marketer’s role as a future brand leader.

Young Media Academy

The Young Media Academy aids delivery of greater client ROI by amplifying ideas and maximising results in a changing planning and buying ecosystem.

CMO Accelerator Programme

This course prepares senior marketers to deliver brand value and is customised to meet the needs of participants, with exclusive speaker sessions and discussions.

Cannes Creative Leaders Programme

Delivered as a collaboration between Cannes Lions and the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, this programme is designed to address the changing branded communications landscape and how to lead creative departments.

Past Cannes Lions School Speakers

Annie Leibovitz

Photographer

Chuck Porter

Crispin Porter + Bogusky

David Droga

Droga5

Graham Fink

Ogilvy & Mather China

Jack Dorsey

Twitter

John Hegarty

Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Lee Clow

TBWA\Worldwide

Sir Martin Sorrell

WPP

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'reone of the best place at the Festival to celebrate your creativity on a global stage.

Contact your local rep to learn more

The Competitons

Print

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.

Media

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.

Digital

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.

Film

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.

Marketers

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.

Design

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.

PR

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 best week of my life."

Tudor Feraru

Young Lions Film Competitor, UK

"I would recommend it for everyone with a passion for design."

Jonas Emmertsen

 Young Lions Design Competitior, Denmark

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