Inspiring Creativity is at the heart of Lions Festivals. Our Festivals and Awards are the world’s greatest celebrations of creative communications in all its forms. Here is where the global creative industries come together to meet and find the inspiration to achieve even greater things.


The Lions Festivals family includes five annual global and regional celebrations of creativity. 


18 - 25 June 2016, Cannes, France

Cannes Lions, The International Festival of Creativity, has been the home of great ideas since 1954.

Over 62 years, we’ve grown into an intense and transformative eight-day programme of inspiration, celebration, learning and networking, driven by the belief that creativity is a force for business, for change and for good.

With more than 15,000 delegates from nearly 100 countries now attending the Festival each year, we are a global meeting-place where branded communications professionals can connect, share and discover.

The world’s most coveted creative accolades are judged and presented at the Festival. The 24 Lions attract more than 40,000 submissions 


18 – 19 June 2016, Cannes, France

Lions Health is dedicated to life-changing creativity, mobilising the ideas that transcend challenges in health and wellness communication. With insights from thought-leaders, marketers, specialists and scientists, Lions Health connects global healthcare and pharmaceutical professionals, allowing them to share creative successes, problem-solve and do business.


21 - 22 June 2016, Cannes, France

Lions Innovation embraces enabled creativity, using data and tech as catalysts for ideas and generating the chemistry to activate them. Start-ups with game-changing products, investors with backing power, brands with customer needs and storytellers that bring a vision to life collide at Lions Innovation, kick-starting creative collaborations. 


23 - 24 June 2016, Cannes, France

Lions Entertainment showcases unskippable creativity, exploring how content can become culture and reframe customers as fans. Platforms reinventing consumption, labels and studios navigating channel disruption, the talent in the spotlight and representation behind the scenes come together at Lions Entertainment to create compelling partnerships and brand stories.


While many may think eyes are fixed purely on stages during our events, every aspect of the business has become a platform for exposure. And that’s why so many brands choose to work with us as the most effective way of forging connections with the branded communications industry. The world meets at our festivals each year ready to do business, and there are multiple opportunities for exposure and engagement. We tailor commercial solutions so that every brand we work with is perfectly positioned to engage their desired audience. Our partners and sponsors range from established household names to newly launched products, advertising agencies to technology platforms, government associations to production houses, and all points in between.

Contact our festival sponsor teams:

  • Spikes Asia Festival Sponsorship

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  • Eurobest Festival Sponsorship

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  • Cannes Lions Festival Sponsorship

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  • Asian Marketing Effectiveness Festival Sponsorship

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  • Dubai Lynx Festival Sponsorship

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    Email Visit site


Philip Thomas
Philip Thomas

Philip Thomas is CEO of Lions Festivals. He began his career as a journalist, working on national and international magazines and newspapers, and editing Empire, the UK’s biggest-selling movie magazine, before moving into publishing.He was Managing Director of FHM Worldwide, taking the UK edit...

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Terry Savage
Terry Savage

Terry Savage is Chairman of Lions Festivals. Its flagship festival, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, is the world's leading celebration of creativity in communications. Prior to his appointment in 2003 as CEO of Cannes Lions, Terry Savage, an Australian natio...

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Jennifer Hildreth
Jennifer Hildreth

Jennifer Hildreth is the Finance Director at Lions Festivals. She joined the company in February 2014Her previous roles have included serving as EMEA Chief Financial Officer at WPP’s Digital Agency POSSIBLE, Senior Manager in M&A Transactions at WPP, and Senior Manager at Deloitte.Jennifer...

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David Davies
David Davies
Managing Director, Content

David Davies has over 20 years of experience of leading content businesses, including launching Grazia magazine in the UK; editing Heat, FHM and Q magazines; and running DMC Publishing, a media and events business focussed on clubbing and electronic music.In ...

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Liz Moseley
Liz Moseley
Marketing Director

Liz Moseley has over 15 years’ marketing experience, predominantly on market-leading consumer media brands at emap plc, Telegraph Media Group, News UK and Bauer Media. Liz led the re-branding of emap plc to Top Right Group in 2012 and joined Lions Festivals as Marketing Director in Januar...

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Ray Suitters
Ray Suitters
Commercial Director

Since joining EMAP in 2000, Ray Suitters has worked across the company's whole portfolio of events and publications and currently serves as Commercial Director for Cannes Lions.Starting out in magazine advertising, mainly in the retail space, Ray was quickly appointed Commercial Director across all ...

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Rob Dembitz
Rob Dembitz
Corporate Development Director

Rob Dembitz joined Lions Festivals in January 2012 after several years in private equity and venture capital. His role is to develop strategic initiatives for the Lions Festivals business; new festivals, acquisitions, joint ventures, new revenue channels. If you have an idea that you think will help...

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Carolyn Lowery
Carolyn Lowery
Festival Director

Carolyn Lowery is the Festival Director for Lions Festivals' flagship event, Cannes Lions.Carolyn was appointed to the role of Festival Director in 2006. A veteran of Cannes Lions, Carolyn first joined as a member of the entries team in 1986, progressing to Head of Entries before becoming Operations...

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Emma Farmer
Emma Farmer
Festival Director

Emma Lancaster is the Festival Director for the Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity. She joined Lions Festivals in March 2011 and has headed up the company's Festival for the MENA region ever since. Before joining Lions Festivals, Emma worked at Centaur Communications.

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Andrea Hayes
Andrea Hayes
Festival Director

Andrea Hayes is the Festival Director for Lions Festivals in the Asia-Pacific region. She oversees Spikes Asia, The Festival of Asian Marketing Effectiveness and Digital Asia Festival.She was appointed to the role in 2013 and prior to this made a major contribution...

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Louise Benson
Louise Benson
Festival Director

Louise Benson is the Festival Director for Lions Health, the International Festival of Creativity in Healthcare Communications, and Eurobest, the Festival of European Creativity.Louise has worked in events for the creative industries for over a decade, most recently as Festival Director at the Guard...

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Privacy Policy

1. Introduction

1.1 This Privacy and Cookies Policy sets out the privacy and cookies policy of Lions Festivals Limited, Company Number 7814172 (England) whose registered address is at The Prow, 1 Wilder Walk, London W1B 5AP and its subsidiary companies (“Lions Festivals”), who controls this website. For the purpose of the Data Protection Act, the data controller is Lions Festivals Limited.

1.2 Lions Festivals is committed to protecting the privacy of its users and the purpose of this Privacy Policy is to describe to you how Lions Festivals will use personal information about you that is submitted to Lions Festivals.  

1.3 By providing your personal information to Lions Festivals, you consent to the collection and use of it and any other information provided to Lions Festivals in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If at any time you wish to change the uses of your personal information to which you have consented, please contact us at

1.4 Lions Festivals may revise this Privacy Policy at any time by posting an update on its website(s). Please ensure that you check this website and any other Lions Festivals website(s) you use from time to time to review the then current Privacy Policy and to update your preferences. This Privacy and Cookies Policy was last updated in November 2012.

2. Collection of Personal Information

2.1 The types of personal information collected and stored by Lions Festivals might include your name, date of birth, e-mail address, postal address, telephone number, fax number and credit/debit card details (to the extent permitted by the Data Protection Act 1998 and related legislation (“the DPA”). 

2.2 Lions Festivals (or any of its sub-contractors) may collect personal information about you in the following ways: :

(a) any data which you provide when you complete and submit an application to Lions Festivals to register on its website(s) or receive email alerts or other communications from Lions Festivals;

(b) any data that you provide via postings to forums and blogs and any other posting that you make to a Lions Festivals website (in such circumstances the information posted by you will, of course, also be available to users of the website throughout the world);

(c) during any transaction with us; and

(d) any other data which you provide to Lions Festivals when you enquire about our activities, email, telephone or write to us or otherwise provide us with personal information. 

2.3 Lions Festivals (or any of its sub-contractors) may also receive information about you from third parties, for example a friend who wants to tell you about one of our websites.

3. Storage and retention of your information

3.1 Lions Festivals will keep your information on a secure server. The technology that Lions Festivals uses and the security policies which Lions Festivals has implemented are intended to safeguard your information from unauthorised access and improper use. 

3.2 Lions Festivals will keep your information (to the extent permitted by the DPA) to enable Lions Festivals to use it for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy.

4. Use of Your Information

4.1 Lions Festivals may use your personal information (subject in each case to the requirements of the DPA) for the following purposes: 

(a) administering your website account(s) and otherwise in connection with any service for which you have provided your information, including any email alerts, transactions with us and competitions and promotions that you take part in; 

(b) responding to any enquiry you make;

(c) subject to your consent, sending you newsletters and/or alerts and information regarding Lions Festivals’ or any third party's future services (in all formats to which you have consented eg post, email, text); and

(d) for generating aggregated statistics about users, traffic patterns etc of the Lions Festivals website(s) and other services and developing Lions Festivals' marketing plans. 

4.2 Lions Festivals may also disclose your information (subject in each case to the requirements of the DPA) as follows: 

(a) if you have given your consent for Lions Festivals to do so, to other selected organisations to enable them to contact you or send you information by post, telephone and/or email;

(b) to third parties selected by Lions Festivals as part of aggregated and anonymised statistics about users, traffic patterns etc of the Lions Festivals website(s);  

(c) to such individuals and/or bodies as necessary to ensure Lions Festivals' compliance with any applicable law, regulation, legal proceeding or governmental request;

(d) to such individuals and/or bodies as necessary to ensure Emap's compliance with any applicable law, regulation, legal proceeding or governmental request;

(e) (where you post material that does or may constitute a criminal offence, breach the rights of a third party, give rise to a civil action or breach the Terms & Conditions of the applicable website and as otherwise necessary to protect the rights, property or safety of Lions Festivals and its customers), to any relevant authority or third party requiring Lions Festivals to disclose the identity of or locate anyone posting such material on an Lions Festivals website; and

(f) to any individual making a subject information request to Lions Festivals..

4.3 In the event that Lions Festivals (or a relevant part of Lions Festivals) is acquired by or merges with another company, your personal information may be passed to the purchasing/merging company amongst the transferred business assets. This will enable your relationship to continue with the relevant Lions Festivals business despite the change of ownership. Your personal information may also be passed (on a confidential basis) to companies with whom Lions Festivals is negotiating such a sale/merger as part of the verification exercise carried out on Lions Festivals by the third party.

4.4 In processing your information in accordance with the above, Lions Festivals may (to the extent permitted by the DPA) send it outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”). Lions Festivals will take all reasonable steps to ensure that in such circumstances your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy but your attention is drawn to the fact that the laws of countries outside the EEA may provide lesser protection to your information than the UK. When you submit your personal information to Lions Festivals you consent to the transfer of your information outside the EEA unless you specifically indicate otherwise.

5. Cookies

When you visit a Lions Festivals website(s), Lions Festivals uses “cookie” technology try to make that experience simple, personalised and meaningful. Cookies are small pieces of information which are issued to your computer or any similar device you use to access the internet e.g. smart phone, tablet or other mobile device when you visit a website and which store and sometimes track information about you're use of the website. A number of cookies Lions Festivals use last only for the duration of your web session and expire when you close your browser. Other cookies are used to remember you when you return to the website and will last for longer.

Lions Festivals use cookies to:

(a) create a specific log-in session for a visitor to a Lions Festivals website in order that page requests by that visitor are delivered in an effective, secure and consistent manner;

(b) recognise when a visitor to a Lions Festivals website has visited before; this means we can identify the number of unique visitors we receive to the website and allows us to make sure we have enough capacity for the number of users that we get;

(c) customise elements of the promotional layout and/or content of the pages of the website;

(d) store your product selections to the shopping basket;

(e) collect statistical information about how our visitors use the website(s) so that we can improve the website(s) and learn which parts are most popular to visitors, and

(f) Gather information through our advertising partners, about the pages on the Lions Festivals website(s) that you visit, and also other information about other websites that you visit, so as to place you in an “interest segment”. This information is then used to serve interest-based advertisements which it is believed will be targeted to your interests. For more information about this type of interest based advertising, and about how to turn this feature off please visit or follow the link to the website of our advertising partners shown below. Without these cookies, advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and to your interests. 

Some of the cookies used by Lions Festivals websites are set by us, and some are set by third parties who are delivering services on our behalf. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that or to notify you each time a cookie is set. You can also learn more about cookies by visiting which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to block cookies using different types of browser. Please note however, that by blocking or deleting cookies used on a Lions Festivals website(s) you may not be able to take full advantage of the website(s) if you do so.

Our cookies:

We have described the main cookies we use and what we use these for below:

Purpose: Used to remember the user for 30 days if they’ve chosen the ‘remember me’ option on login.

(b) Name: CFID & CFTOKEN
Purpose: These are used to identify a user only during their session. They are deleted at the end of a user’s visit.

Third Party cookies:

(a) Name: Messageid, memberid, urlid, groupid
Purpose: These are used to track click-through and purchases from our eshots.

(b) Name: WT_FPC
Purpose: WebTrends uses a cookie to track the number of unique users of this website. It tells us whether the website has a small number of regular visitors or a large number of infrequent visitors. The cookie only relates to what goes on in this website.

(c) Name: __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz
Purpose: These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site by Google Analytics. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Certain cookies are either set by third parties on the Website or these are set by us using the third parties cookie code. More information about cookies placed by third parties and how to restrict or block their cookies can be accessed by following the link to their website.

In addition to cookies, tracking gifs may be set by us or third parties in respect of your use of the Site. Tracking gifs are small image files within the content of our site or the body of our newsletters so we or third parties can understand which parts of the website are visited or whether particular content is of interest.

6. Third Party Websites

Please be aware that Lions Festivals does not control and is not responsible for websites that are referred to or linked from its own websites and that use of your personal information on these websites is not subject to this Privacy and Cookies Policy.

7. Registration

7.1 To access certain parts of the Lions Festivals websites, Lions Festivals may require you to register and provide certain information about yourself. 

7.2 You are reminded that in addition to the provisions of this Privacy and Cookies Policy, where you register you also agree to: 

(a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the relevant registration form (such information being the "Registration Data"); and

(b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it fully up to date.

8. Telephone calls

Please note your calls to Lions Festivals may be recorded for training and quality control purposes.