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Registrations are now open for Cannes Young Lions


If you have what it takes to create an award-winning advert under pressure and in the most extreme of conditions – and still come out smiling on the other side – we are looking for you! If you want to test yourself against the finest young creative talent in the country for the ultimate prize, read on…

Cinemark, as the official local representative for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, is sponsoring the Film category of the Young Lions competition again South Africa this year. The search is on for teams comprising two young professionals (such as an art director and a copywriter) and who are currently working in a creative communications, advertising or digital agencies. Registrations are now open on the Cinemark website ( to enter the 2018 version of the competition. You will have just 48 hours to show us what you are made of.

The creative brief, which will have a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) angle, will be posted on the Cinemark website at 12:00 noon on Saturday, 07 April 2018, and all completed entries need to be uploaded onto the same website by no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, 09 April 2018. No late entries will be accepted.

You will have just 48 hours from the time that the brief is made public to film, edit and deliver a 60-second commercial. And, if you win the South African competition, this is the contest you will face all over again in the Cannes Young Lions competition, because you will find yourself heading to France to compete against winning teams from across the world in the global event! And, your local winning advert will be shown on our big screens at Ster-Kinekor cinemas across the country.

The team of two young creatives (aged 30 and younger, born on or after 22 June 1987), who win the national competition in their home country, compete at the Cannes Festival for the prestigious honour of being crowned the Young Lions of Cannes 2018. The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the Young Lions competition take place in Cannes, France, from 18 – 22 June 2018.

So, what are you waiting for? Register today to enter your winning team combination on the Cinemark website, and get ready for the most intense 48 hours of your life … this is how dreams come true!