Lions School

The Cannes Lions School is the umbrella name for the Festival’s competitions, mentoring opportunities, academies and executive learning programs.

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.

Wherever you sit in the creative communication ecosystem, a Cannes Lions course will help take your career to the next level.

For Young Professionals:

LIONS Academies
World-class training for future stars

The LIONS Academies help rising young talent under the age of 30 fast-track their careers and become the next generation of industry leaders. They combine inspiring classroom sessions with world-class speakers, hands-on learning and coaching from industry legends at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

The search is on for the 30 young professionals who will learn first-hand from the world’s greatest brand and industry leaders.

Mark Tutssel, ex-Global Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett Worldwide, described the experience as "five years learning in five days." Prepare to be inspired. Prepare to change your life.

Brand Marketers Academy

– The Brand Marketers Academy is a certificate program for daring brand disruptors who want to unlock the power of creativity for themselves and their brands.

Creative Academy

– The Creative Academy is designed to catapult young talent to the next level of their careers. Learn from world-renowned CEOs, CCOs, artists, actors, directors, journalists, and creative superstars. Young creatives are propelled by ground-breaking ideas and building a world-class network.

Media Academy

– The Media Academy is for action-oriented media professionals looking to arm themselves with the latest tools and knowledge to create cut-through media campaigns.


For Leaders:

Leadership training caters to the development needs of senior managers, delivering what companies are increasingly demanding - creative direction that drives corporate performance and competitive advantage. The CMO Accelerator program excels in providing this training.

CMO Accelerator Program

– Created for CMOs and senior marketing directors, a carefully curated program helps the select group focus on key issues they and their brands are facing. Led by Jim Stengel, ex-Global Marketing Officer of P&G, the program emphasizes inspiration and actionable initiatives to deliver brand value and confront risk-aversion. For more information visit: or contact

For Students:

Roger Hatchuel Student Academy

The Roger Hatchuel Student Academy is a student learning program designed to introduce students to the advertising industry and help them kick-start their careers. A select group of top students in advertising, communications and other creative disciplines undertake intensive mentorship from industry thought leaders, marketing luminaries and the world’s most celebrated creatives. There is no entry fee but entry is by invitation only from the U.S. Festival Representative. For information, contact

Benefits of attending Academies

  • Empower others to use creativity to drive business innovation and growth
  • Learn to make better, braver creative decisions
  • Development of collaboration and leadership skills
  • Expand your professional network
  • Increased personal confidence
  • Graduate with a personal action plan to implement learnings
  • Exude a greater confidence with clients
  • Bring a fresh perspective to your work and career
  • Graduate with a Diploma, only available upon completion of The Cannes Lions School
  • Become your company’s champion of creativity

Recent graduates’ accolades:

“It is single-handedly the most important and invaluable week of my life.” AE, TBWA\Paris

“I feel like I have accumulated more than five years of experience in these five days. Extremely empowering and inspiring.” AE, Ogilvy

“I now know I have a lot of potential and I can’t wait to show the world and really make a difference.” Planner, Mediacom, Philippines


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