Why the Cannes Lions Festival is a big deal for growing creators

Why the Cannes Lions Festival is a big deal for growing creators
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In the sun-drenched realm of Cannes, an event like no other is unfolding.

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is an annual gathering of the world’s top creative minds, leading companies, and advertisers.

This year it’s where the new rules of the creator economy are being written, and every creator should be paying attention.

Here’s what we’re seeing from the festival so far…


Creators get in on the action

For the first time, Cannes Lions is rolling out the red carpet for creators. Yes, you read that right. 

Creators, who once operated on the fringes of the advertising world, are now being welcomed into the grand halls of Cannes with all the pomp usually reserved for Hollywood's elite.

Top creators like MrBeast, Colin & Samir, and Madeline Argy are not just attending; they are headlining. They will be rubbing shoulders with tech giants like Elon Musk and stars like Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

This year’s festival will feature creator-focused panels, networking events, and even a dedicated "headquarters" for creators to meet advertisers. This change shows how creators are redefining the boundaries of advertising and marketing.


What it's like for creators at Cannes

Picture this: you’re sitting on an outdoor terrace overlooking one of the most breathtaking views in Cannes, complete with perfect lighting and makeup stations courtesy of Elf Cosmetics. This isn't just a fantasy—it's the new reality at Cannes, where creators can shoot content that screams luxury and exclusivity. Thea Skelton, vice president of events at Cannes Lions, says, "The backdrop is probably one of the best views in Cannes."

And if the view isn't enough to make you envious, consider the special “creator ticket” priced at a tempting €1,374 ($1,476)—about a third of the cost of a standard pass. It’s as if Cannes is saying, ‘Hop in, creators! The water is warm.’

Why the Cannes matters for creators

There is a major shift in how advertisers view and use the influence of creators. 

As Ammar Kandil, co-founder of Yes Theory, puts it, "Creators are the ones who have people’s attention through the work that we do. Ultimately, advertising is based on being able to monetize that attention."

For creators, this festival is a golden opportunity to mingle with top advertising executives. It’s a chance to forge new partnerships and make deals that could elevate their brands to new heights. 

Samir Chaudry of Colin & Samir highlights the rare opportunity to sit down face-to-face with marketers. "Those are people making decisions to spend with us, and learning the problems they are trying to solve teaches us a lot about our own business."

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