The Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland (IAPI) has today announced the six winning creative teams who will represent Team Ireland at this year’s annual international Cannes Lions Festival, the worlds most respected advertising awards festival.  12 of Ireland’s most creative young stars will compete on an international stage in Cannes this June, against teams from all over the world in the film, print, PR, social media and marketing disciplines.

2018 saw an increase in entries for the Cannes Young Lions competition with over 140 candidates developing their most creative ideas to be in with a chance of winning the once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their respective industries on an international stage.

Speaking on the shortlist announcement Jay Taberner, Acting CEO IAPI said: We’ve been completely blown away by the calibre of entries in this year’s national heats – I can honestly say that the future of the Irish creative industry is safe in the hands of our young talent if what we’ve seen from our entrants this year is anything to go by. For the 5th consecutive year we’ll be taking an Irish team to Cannes and in terms of life and career experience it’s unrivalled. The five day trip gives our creative stars the best opportunity to learn about the best marketing communications in the world, global trends for the industry while also allowing them to present their ideas on a world stage and ultimately propelling their career to the next level.

The Cannes Lions are the most established and coveted awards for the creative and marketing communications industry. Winning at the Festival puts creatives among the world’s elite.

Further information on the Cannes Lions Festival can be found at


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