The Young Lions Film Competition

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.

How does it work?

  • Contact your rep to find out about local competitions
  • Compete in your local competition
  • Win your local competition!
  • Travel to Cannes Lions
  • Compete and earn your place on stage at Cannes Lions 2020

The challenge

You'll be briefed by a charity or NGO about their communication challenge. Then you'll have 48 hours to come up with an original idea in response to the brief, film your footage and edit it into a captivating ad. This will be judged by a selection of industry experts before the winner is crowned live at the festival.

Who is it for?

  • Art directors
  • Producers
  • Film makers
  • Creatives


  • Winner of local competition
  • Aged 30 or under

"All the people you meet are as passionate about this as you are and you get to share stories and moments with incredible people from all around the world.."

Daniel Zaldumbide, Maruri Grey Ecuador

Apply for the competition via your festival rep

Find your Local representative