Cannes is an especially tough ticket to cadge nowadays. But there are plenty of side doors. If the Ogilvy contest was too salesy for your creative sensibilities, there's always the YouTube-Cannes Young Lions 48 Hour Ad Contest. The idea is this: You get 48 hours over the weekend of May 15-16 to write, shoot and edit a video, and then upload it to the Cannes Lions channel. (It's open to those 18-28, no olds allowed.) There, you'll probably be subjected to ritual abuse from other creative types who didn't even bother to enter. Still. You'll also get a shot at a trip for two to the Riviera to rub elbows with the ad elite and trudge through broken glass at the Gutter Bar. The brief goes up at midnight GMT on May 14.
—Posted by Brian Morrissey