Ascential Events announced today that Cannes Lions is still scheduled to take place, as planned, from 22-26 June in Cannes, France. But in case it is needed due to the evolution of the spread situation of the COVID-19 the advertising festival may be delayed to the alternative dates 26-30 October 2020.
Simon Cook, Managing Director, Cannes Lions, commented: “As we stand today, all of our plans are proceeding as scheduled and we are still working towards Cannes Lions 2020 taking place as planned on 22 June. However, as the global situation is evolving constantly, we want to be open about our contingency plans. We have consulted with our customers and partners and have prepared accordingly by putting measures in place to allow flexibility, should we need it. As always, the safety of all those involved is our utmost priority, and any decision we take will reflect this.”
The Festival, working closely with the Mayoral office of Cannes and the French Authorities, has secured alternative dates of 26-30 October 2020, if changing circumstances requires to postpone the event from June. If Ascential Events makes that decision, the organiser of Cannes Lions will announce it to their customers no later than 15 April 2020, sharing weekly updates ahead of any announcement date.
Irrespective of the timing of the Festival, Ascential reassures the global creative community that they are fully committed to awarding Lions in 2020: all entries will still be judged and awarded by Cannes Lions global juries. As things stand, anyone who is submitting a Lions entry for 2020 should follow the existing process and timeline.
If anything about that process changes,Ascential underscores that they will issue a further announcement.
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