The 2018 Official Young Lions Competition is sponsored by the Globe and Mail Inc. (“Competition Sponsor“). Competition Registration will run until 11:59 p.m. EST on February 23, 2018 (the “Competition Registration Deadline“). Young Lions Print, Digital, Media and Marketers entry submission runs from Saturday, March 3 at 9:00 a.m. EST to Sunday, March 4 at 9:00 a.m. EST. Young Lions Film entry submission runs from Saturday March 3 at 9:00 a.m. EST to Monday March 5 at 9:00 a.m. EST. The entry submission form will be live only during these periods. Late entries result in automatic disqualification – THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.
TIP: Budget extra time prior to the entry submission deadline to ensure you aren’t rushed to complete the submission form.
- Until Feb 23: Registration opens for the 2018 Canadian Young Lions competition
- Mar 3-5: Competition dates
- Week of April 2: Live judging for shortlisted Young Lions Media and Marketers teams
- April 24: Winners are announce on stage at CMDC 2018 in Toronto
- Jun 18-22: Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France
To be eligible to enter the Young Lions, entrants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who at the time of entry are: (a) at least the legal age of majority in their province or territory of residence and not older than 30 years of age prior to June 22, 2018; (b) have a good understanding of spoken and written English; (c) hold a valid passport at least 6 months from expiry without any restrictions on travel; and (d) available to attend the 2018 Cannes International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France on June 18, 2018 – June 22, 2018 (the “Festival”) (“Competition Entry Requirements”). In addition to the Competition Entry Requirements, to be eligible to enter Young Lions entrants must be: (i) professionals employed by or working freelance for a creative communications, advertising, or digital agency (the “Creative Agency”) for the Digital, Print and Film Categories; or (ii) employed by or working freelance for: (A) a media agency; or (B) specific in-house media department in an agency (“Media Agency”), for the Media Category. In addition to the Competition Entry Requirements, to be eligible to enter the Marketers Category entrants must be: (a) professionals employed (i.e. not freelance) in the marketing department of a company that engages the services of a creative communications, advertising, or digital agency (the “Client Company”). If the Competition Entry Requirements and Young Lions Requirements (as applicable) are met, such entrants are eligible entrants (“Eligible Entrants”).
To enter the Competition, Eligible Entrants must: (1) complete and submit a Registration Form on the Competition Website; (2) pay a non-refundable CAD$75 Registration Fee; and (3) submit a Competition Entry that meets the requirements of a Competition Brief and the 2018 Official Young Lions Competition Rules (as applicable) prior to the applicable Competition Entry Deadline. The Eligible Entrant who completes the Registration Form first (“Team Member 1”) will specify his/her Team Member 2 who will then participate in the Competition as a team (a “Team”). Limit of two Eligible Entrants per Team. Eligible Entrants may only be a member of one Team. Limit of one Competition Entry per Team.
Each Competition Entry will be evaluated by a panel of qualified judges (the “Judges”) as selected by the Competition Sponsor. For the Media and Marketers categories, there will also be a live judging round during the week of April 2, 2018, where the top five teams will present their submissions. Based on the judging criteria, the Judges will select the top three Competition Entries for each Category of Young Lions (“Selected Teams”). To be confirmed a “Finalist”, Selected Teams must have: (a) complied with the 2018 Official Young Lions Competition Rules (as applicable); (b) signed and returned a release and indemnity and any other documents required by the Competition Sponsor; and (c) confirmed that at least one Eligible Entrant of the Selected Team is available to attend the CMDC Conference on April 24, 2018. At the CMDC Conference, the Competition Sponsor will announce one Finalist per Category in Young Lions as the winning Team (the “Winning Team”).
Each Winning Team will be eligible to receive a prize consisting of: (a) round-trip economy airfare for the two Eligible Entrants of the Winning Team from the major airport closest to each such Eligible Entrant’s residence to Nice, France, including return airport transfers; (b) at least seven nights’ accommodation in a shared double-occupancy standard room, in Cannes, France during the Festival; (c) two full-week registration passes to attend the Festival; and (d) registration and participation in the 2018 Global Young Lions Competition (as applicable) to represent Canada at the Festival (the “Prize”), upon confirmation by the Competition Sponsor that each Eligible Entrant of a Winning Team has: (i) complied with the 2018 Official Young Lions Competition Rules (as applicable); (ii) signed and returned a release and indemnity and any other documents required by the Competition Sponsor; and (iii) confirmed: (A) his/her acceptance of the Prize as awarded; and (ii) he/she availability to attend and participate in the 2018 Global Young Lions Competition (as applicable) at the Festival. Approximate retail value of the Prize is CAD$7,500 dollars based on a Toronto departure. Odds of winning the Prize depend on: (a) the number of Teams registered per Category; (b) the number and quality of Competition Entries submitted per Category.