The Young Lions

Cannes Lions LogoThe Young Lions competition is open to advertising professionals who are 28 years and under working in the advertising/communications businesses. The participating teams, comprising an art director and copy writer are selected through a pre-selection process in their own country, with the winners attending the Cannes Lions festival in June and participating in the Young Lions Competition where they compete against teams from all over the world.

There are five competitions that take place during the Festival week at the Palais des Festivals. These are for Cyber, Film, Media,Design and Print. Each competing team is briefed by a client to create and execute a campaign within 24 hours (within 48 hrs for Film)

With the world’s top young creative teams competing under intense conditions, pressures and tempers can run high! Winning the Young Lions Competition, however, is a hugely rewarding experience that will change the winner’s career forever. A highlight of winning a Young Lions title is that the metal is presented on stage at the official Cannes Lions Awards Ceremony and the winner also receives free registration for the following year’s Festival.

Sri Lanka’s Young Lions Winners:

Year

Agency

Name

Title

2016

Leo Burnett

Wasim Akram

Media category

Anfaz Amanulla

2016

Shift Solutions

Ryan Rebeira

Cyber category

Sameera Ratnayake

2016

Sarva

Hibshi Moulana

Film categor

Kavinda Welegedera

2016

Unilever

Abitha Pathmanathan

Young Marketers

Aaqib Reyal

2016

AOD

Malika Jinada

Roger Hatchuel

2015

Digibrush Productions

Infas Nias

Head of VFX & Animation

Sarah Ramu

Copywriter

2015

Leo Burnett

Rinesh Jayarathne

Brand Group Head

Hassan Samdin

Junior Art Director

2015

Phoenix O & M

Dushan Pieris

Art Director

Chanuka Wijayasinghe

Art Director

2015

Triad

Shehan Samarasinghe

Account Manager

Dilan Ariyaratna,

Art Director

2015

Leo Burnett

Tasneem Dawoodbhoy

Intern

2014

2014

2014

JWT

Amanda Aluvihare

TV

Dinesh Maheswaran

Phoenix O&M

Dushan Pieris

Print

Nigel Nugawela

Leo Burnett

Shayani Obeyesekera

Design

Sithum Walter

2013

2013

Phoenix O&M

Triad

Ashan Bandaranayeke

TV

Dushan Pieris

Shehan Samarasinghe

Print

Suchintha de Silva

2012

2012

Leo Burnett

 

Triad

Rameez Fasal

TV

Dhanushka Kathriarachchi

Tarisha de Alwis

Print

Ruani Fasal

2011

JWTTriad

Gayan Perera

TV