UAE Secures 21 Lions at the 2023 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

The United Arab Emirates wins 21 majestic Lions – 1 Grand Prix, 1 Gold, 6 Silver and 13 Bronze, at the 2023 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

 

The 70th edition of the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity drew to a close on 23rd June 2023, with the United Arab Emirates winning a total of 21 Lions – 1 Grand Prix, 1 Gold, 6 Silver and 13 Bronze, across multiple categories, including first-time wins in the categories of Glass: The Lion for Change, Entertainment for Music, and Creative Data. The UAE also amassed an impressive count of 89 shortlists, truly exemplifying its creative prowess on the global stage.

 

Winning agencies from the UAE include Impact BBDO Dubai, FP7 McCann, Leo Burnett, ‿ and us, VMLY&R, Saatchi & Saatchi ME and Havas Middle East. Their remarkable achievements serve as a testament to the thriving creative landscape within the UAE and the country’s capacity to compete at the forefront of the global advertising and marketing industry.

 

2023 UAE Winning Agencies

 

Philip Thomas, Chairman, LIONS, said, “The body of Lion-winning work that emerged from the Jury rooms points the way forward, and demonstrates the power of the industry to drive change, build businesses and shape society. Congratulations to all those who entered, who made the shortlists, and who won a Lion at the Festival’s 70th edition to set the creative benchmark on the global stage.”

 

The 70th edition of the Cannes Lions Festival also marked a significant milestone for the UAE, as it boasted the largest contingent of jurors to preside over a single festival. Notably, Ali Rez from Impact BBDO made history by becoming the first-ever Jury President from the MENA region, while Sandro Gelashvili from Google contributed as a jury member for the inaugural Entertainment Lions for Gaming category.

 

Cannes Lions 2023 Jury

 

Symon Medeiros and Jonathan Cruz from ‿ and us, along with Chloe Salloum from the American University in Dubai, proudly represented the UAE in two esteemed events as part of the Festival: the International Young Lions Digital Competition (for young creatives under 30 in the digital category) and the Roger Hatchuel Academy (a mentorship program for university students in creative communications). Their participation exemplifies the UAE’s commitment to nurturing and empowering emerging talent in the ever-evolving creative landscape.

 

Cannes Young Talent

 

Commenting on their experience at this year’s Festival, Saymon and Jonathan from ‿ and us, expressed, “Attending Cannes Lions is always a fantastic experience. It’s a hub of creativity and inspiration where we can gain insights from the best ideas around the globe. Moreover, it’s an excellent opportunity to interact with past colleagues and connect with individuals we aspire to collaborate with in the future. This year, the Young Lions competition centered around Rocket Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young children prepare for school. We were given 24 hours to develop a digital solution for their brief. It was truly rewarding for us to utilize the power of creativity to assist them in solving real-world problems.”

 

Speaking about her experience at this year’s Roger Hatchuel Academy, Chloe Salloum from American University in Dubai said, “Representing the UAE at the Cannes Lions Roger Hatchuel Academy was a remarkable experience that exceeded all of my expectations. The week-long program has completely transformed my life and mindset, pushing me to embrace heightened creativity and purpose in my work. Beyond the educational aspect, I had the privilege of forging deep connections and friendships with my fellow Roger Hatchuel Academy graduates. As a member of SheSays Dubai, I was thrilled to learn that 80% of the academy members were women! That is a true testament to the brilliance of women in this industry, and I was ecstatic to be a part of it.”

 

She further added, “I want to thank my professor, Dina Faour, who has been the driving force behind all of this. I am grateful to American University in Dubai for providing me with the academic knowledge and professional exposure I need to start my career. Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude to the Motivate Val Morgan team, especially Dumindrini Ratnayake, for her professional guidance and support throughout the entire Roger Hatchuel Academy experience. The program has left a special mark on my heart, and I am eager to utilize the invaluable insights I have gained to contribute to the dynamic advertising industry in the UAE.”

 

As the official representatives of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in the UAE, Motivate Media Group and Motivate Val Morgan extend heartfelt congratulations to the victorious agencies, esteemed jury members, and talented young representatives who proudly showcased the UAE at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

 

 

Sources: Cannes Lions ‘The Work’

The Second Edition of LIONS Live Returns!

LIONS Live, the five-day virtual broadcast, will run from 19-23 October, 2020.

 

Cannes Lions is back with its second edition of LIONS Live – five days of practical insight and an insider’s view of creative excellence as Grand Prix and Gold Lion-winning teams share honest accounts of how their work came to light (or perhaps nearly didn’t).

Hosted on the Cannes Lions global platform, LIONS Live is free to access, for the entire global community, from 19-23 October 2020.

Each day is themed and designed to offer practical insight to impact careers, transform business and drive progress through creativity. The event will conclude with an expert “how to” guide from creative stalwarts, provocateurs and agitators who will provide a breakdown of the day’s learning into practical next steps.

 

What’s On:

Day 1:  Creative Culture & Leadership

Industry leaders from around the world reveal the practicalities behind driving a creative culture.Hear from multi-award-winning creatives on how they’re remotely leading transparent, inclusive and flexible work environments that enable creativity to thrive.

 

Day 2: Creativity in Action, Part One

Celebrate the brilliant thinking and craft that goes into delivering the world’s best creative campaigns. The team will lift the lid on Grand Prix winning work from Berlin, Copenhagen, London, New York and Warsaw and one can hear brutally honest accounts from the people who worked behind the scenes from beginning to end.

 

Day 3: Creative Effectiveness

In June, LIONS introduced new research around Creative Effectiveness and a new framework for measuring creativity – the Creative Effectiveness Ladder. The line-up will explore work that has driven consistent business growth, what “creative commitment” actually means, and how one can produce outstanding results on a smaller budget. At a time when marketers need to justify every buck, this day will provide some answers.

 

Day 4: Creativity in Action, Part Two

Thursday is part two of “Creativity in Action series”. Work from Dubai, Stockholm, São Paulo, Tel Aviv will be dissected by the people who actually made it as part of the “Behind the Scenes” format devised by the team at LIONS, based on the feedback that one wanted more case studies on award-winning campaigns. Tune in for another day of the world’s best work deconstructed.

 

Day 5: Creative Capabilities and Processes

On the final day of LIONS Live, interesting talent from all over the world will share how they are producing fast, cheap, good work right now, from home. Does one need an entirely new set of capabilities to keep up with consumer demands or can one just make some easy tweaks? This day will turn some of your existing thinking on its head and may even ask you to reconsider whether what your current way of doing things is actually the best way.

 

Join LIONS Live:

LIONS Live has partnered with Google to live-stream content through YouTube, with all content also being available on demand through the LIONS Live platform.

Click here to register for LIONS Live for free.

Click here to access the full programme.

 

Motivate Media Group and Motivate Val Morgan are the official representatives of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in the UAE.

 

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Source: Cannes Lions