Guardian launches UK Cannes Young Lions competition for 2015

Guardian News & Media is partnering with Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity to launch the Cannes Young Lions competition for 2015, which aims to showcase young talent working in the UK advertising and communications industries.

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is a six day festival (21 - 27 June) which gives advertisers and media professionals a forum to network, trade skills, learn and celebrate excellence. The Guardian’s competition, open to all up-and-coming creative and media professionals, will give winning entrants the chance to represent the UK at the festival.

David Pemsel, deputy chief executive, Guardian News and Media, said: “The UK is a world leader in advertising, and so it’s vital we nurture and celebrate the industry’s brightest young talents. It’s why Cannes Young Lions is so important, and why the Guardian is supporting it for the seventh year running. Very best of luck to everyone entering."

Steve Latham, head of talent and training, Cannes Lions, said: “It’s that time of year again where the best young mavericks in advertising battle it out for the chance to represent their country at Cannes Lions. The standard is always exceptionally high, and I expect this year to be no exception. Good luck to everyone taking part - and I’ll see you in June!"

To take part in the competition, entrants must currently be UK residents or have a valid UK work permit, be participating in the industry and be 28 years of age or younger. The challenge for entrants is to respond to a brief from a charity in 24 hours for print, cyber and media entries and 48 hours for film. The UK sends four teams of two to the Cannes Lions Festival, one each for media, cyber, print and film.

Applicants must first register their interest at by 12pm on Wednesday 11 March 2014 in order to receive the competition brief. The competition brief will be made available for download online to all registered entrants at 4pm Friday 13 March 2015. Entries must be submitted no later than pm on 4pm on Saturday 14 March for print, cyber and media entries, and no later than 4pm on Sunday 15 March for film entries. The winners will be announced in May.