Retrospective: Cannes Lions – International Festival of Creativity

The highly coveted International Festival of Creativity has finally come to an end this year, drawing more than 37,500 entries, up from 37,000 last year. Otherwise known as Cannes Lions, the highly prestigious event commemorates the best in creative communication over the globe. The event was held over 7 days, from the 21st to 27th June at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.

Over 13,500 delegates attended the festival this year, with more than 500 speakers delivering keynotes and speeches throughout. This year’s line-up of speakers saw the likes of artist Pharell Williams, YouTube star Grace Helbig, Snapchat’s founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, and many more. With 7 young lions competitions, 5 award shows, two galas, and thousands of networking categories, the Cannes Lions truly reigns over its title of the biggest advertising awards festival in the world.

Winners from the various categories were awarded with the prestigious Lion trophy, which is also widely known to be the benchmark of creative excellence. This year, 18 teams managed to win the highest award that Cannes Lions offers, the Grand Prix, up from 15 last year.

However, the new Creative Data category failed to see a Grand Prix arising out of the many Lion trophies that were awarded to its winners. Cambodia also had its fair share of representation at the festival, where the Lucky Iron Fish team won the Grand Prix for product design. The project, aimed at reducing the number of cases of anemia (iron deficiency) in Cambodia, brought about a fish shaped block of iron, that people could drop into their cooking.

101 Lions were awarded in the Film category, 66 in Film Craft, 63 in Branded Content and Entertainment, and many more. Check out a full list of the Cannes Lions winners here!

For more information about this year’s Cannes Lions festival, check out their official website here. Additionally, check out their official YouTube page for daily highlights from each day of the Festival, backstage interviews, and many more!