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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Cannes Lions

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I’m an international student. May I apply?

Yes. The American Pavilion welcomes international applications; we require only that applicants speak English.

I’m a grad student. May I apply?


Do I need a current passport to apply?

We do not require proof of a valid passport to apply, but accepted students must provide this soon after their acceptance. We highly recommend applying for a passport at the beginning of the application process; it can take up to six weeks to obtain one. A good place to start is the US Department of State web site, or try calling your local post office. Please keep in mind your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended return date.

I am not a film student. May I apply?

Yes, as long as you are interested in Advertising & Marketing, or learning about careers in those industries you are welcome to apply.

I’ve applied to the program before. Can you use my original application and consider me again?

No; you will need to reapply in full.

Can I get school credit for the program?

Many students have received internship credit for the program. If you are interested in obtaining credit, you will need to speak to your school about the correct procedure.

I can’t stay for the whole program. May I come late or leave early?

No; participants must attend the entire program.

My finals conflict with the program dates. What can I do?

This is rarely an issue since the Cannes Lions Festival always takes place in the second half of June. However, if your finals conflict with the program dates, we recommend talking to your individual professors to come up with an alternative to traditional finals (e.g., taking them early or late, writing a paper instead, or getting an “incomplete” to finish any pending projects when you return). We are also happy to write a letter confirming your acceptance or speak to any professor about the matter.

If I’m accepted and later am unable to attend, can I get a refund of the program fee?

No. Festival accreditation is nontransferable and we are allotted a limited number of badges each year, meaning that if a student drops out, his or her Festival badge cannot be used for another student.

I am not from the US. How do I get a visa to travel to France?

You will need to contact your respective government organization that handles visas as requirements vary. We are happy to assist you with this process (such as writing a letter confirming acceptance), but getting any required travel documents is entirely the participant’s responsibility.

I don’t have a lot of advertising-related experience on my resumé. Will this hurt my application?

No; we are interested in non-advertising experience as well.

What does “passport-style photo” mean?

It means your photo must be:

  • ID-style, full front view of face with light background
  • No headwear or other items/people in the photo
  • Taken within the past 6 months, showing current appearance
  • Color
  • Minimum size: 100×140 pixels
  • Maximum size: 1MB
  • Title of the file must include your full name (i.e.: Doe_John.jpg)

Why do you need my photo to consider my application?

Photos are not considered as part of the application. We request them so that if accepted, we can start the process of getting a participant’s Festival accreditation badge as soon as possible.

What are you looking for in an applicant?

Mature, independent and hard-working students who are interested in exploring the intersection of advertising, marketing, and technology.

If I am accepted, what are the travel dates?

The program begins on June 15 and ends on June 22.  You should arrive in Nice, France (NCE) on June 15 (preferably before 5:00p.m.) and depart on June 22. Keep in mind that most flights leaving from the US, to arrive in Nice on June 15, will depart on June 14.


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