Experience the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

Join us this summer on the French Riviera and experience the magic and world-renowned talent of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity! Immerse yourself in the largest global gathering of advertising and creative professionals. Join the thousands already registered and celebrate the best of creativity in brand communication, discuss industry issues and network with people from over 90 countries.  

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is held each June at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France. During this five-day festival, you will have the opportunity to attend multiple award ceremonies, as well as an opening and closing gala. Each day, you will also attend lectures, seminars and workshops conducted by professionals from all over the world.

You will have the opportunity to earn a three-hour credit during this summer excursion. For your coursework, you will observe and evaluate the best creative content the industry has to offer. The festival pass will grant you access to the cabanas and beach events set up by companies such as Google, Facebook, Spotify, Pinterest, Twitter, the United Nations, NBC Universal, Unilever, Hulu, etc.

Join Dr. Porter this June to experience the fantastical world of Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and expand your perspectives on global media and creative culture. 

Watch the 2019 Cannes Lions Highlights

How do I apply? 

 Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have at least 30 hours credit toward their degree. Graduate students may also apply. 

Who is the Program Director? 

Dr. Porter will lead the 2022 LSU at Cannes Program and teach the offered course. Dr. Porter has led four different student groups to this festival. He has also co-led the Magical Media Tour in the Manship School to England, Scotland, Wales and France and the LSU in Paris Program twice.

What do I get with the Cannes Student Pass?

The Cannes Student Pass includes the following: Opening and Closing Dinner Celebrations, Badges to the Cannes Lions Festival, all five awards shows, passes to the Cannes Fringe Festival activities, access to content sessions on the beach from corporate sponsors such as Facebook, Spotify, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, etc, and access to exclusive winner content after the festival. This pass is included with your overall program cost of $2,600.

What are my course offerings? 

LSU Students in attendance will enroll in MC 4971: International Brand Cases, taught by Dr. Lance Porter. This course will count for 3 credit hours at LSU.  

Are meals included? 

Students are responsible for purchasing their own meals while on this program, aside from the welcome and closing dinner celebration that is provided by the program. Meals are estimated at $30 a day, contingent on personal eating habits. The student residence is just a couple blocks away from a grocery store that provides any necessary food and household items and "Restaurant Row." 

Are transportation costs covered in the cost of the program? 

Students are responsible for international airfare (Typically around $1,300) and rail, bus, taxi costs while in the country (estimated total approximately $250). After the rail to and from the festival, Cannes is a walkable city, and students will be central to necessary areas. 

Accommodations & Program Logistics

During this two-week program, students will stay in Cannes, France in a long-term housing residence. The hotel, Résidence Canne Verrerie, is centrally located to grocery stores and cafes and offers a 15-minute walk to the festival.  It is located in a quiet, residential area district of la Bocca and includes an outdoor swimming pool and Mediterranean gardens. The beach is less than one football field away (road to cross). The coast offers close to five miles of beachfront (33 private and public beaches). Le Café Bleu restaurant near the swimming pool.  

In the morning, the hotel offers a shuttle to the town center where the students may enter the festival. A train is also available for € 1.50 when the students return to the hotel in the evening.

Student Lodging:

Students will stay four to a room in a small, furnished apartment hotel in Cannes that features a balcony, sitting area, private bathroom, and fully equipped kitchenette for groceries and cooking. Wi-Fi access is available (maximum of 5 devices per room to browse, read emails and research).

The residence also has a bar and restaurant. The "Café Bleu" restaurant is located within the residence, near the pool. A bakery service is available.  Students will also have access to the tennis court, table tennis and a games room in the hotel if they so choose.

Accommodations include: bed linen, bath linen, household linen (bath mat + dish towel), cleaning kit, end-of-stay cleaning fee (except dishes and kitchen area), and basic WiFi access.

Video made by UGA students from last year's program: