Campaign India Team
Jun 19, 2024

Cannes Lions 2024: India's winners

India finishes the festival with 18 metals, its lowest total in five years, with no Grand Prix and just two Gold.

India took home 18 Lions from its 57 shortlists and 826 entries.
India took home 18 Lions from its 57 shortlists and 826 entries.

India brought home four more Lions on the final day in Cannes, lifting its final metal to count to 18, but woefully underperforming against the stronger performances in the past couple of years. 

Lay's and Leo Burnett teamed up for two of the Lions, winning a Silver for their 'Project Farm Equal'  work in the Glass: Lion for Change category which aimed to make farming more accessible to all genders and a Bronze for their 'Drops of Joy' campaign in the Sustainable Development Goals category.

McCann Worldgroup added its third Lion of the festival, a Bronze for its Dabba Savings Account initiative with ESAF Small Finance Bank in Sustainable Development Goals

TGTHR claimed a Silver for Harpic's Loocator campaign, an app to help women find a safe and suitable public toilet.

Despite a rise in entries and shortlists, India ultimately fell behind its stronger metal count in the past two years. Last year India won 25 metals, surpassed in 2022 when the nation brought home a record 48 Lions.

Heading into the final awards ceremony, Leo Burnett and Ogilvy Mumbai lead the pack with five and four Lions respectively. 

With 57 shortlists on 826 entries this year, India well-eclipsed the 43 shortlists in total last year, but hasn't been able to convert into metals at the same rate.

Here's the award breakdown so far by agency:

Leo Burnett Mumbai 16 2 2 1   5
Ogilvy Mumbai 9 3 1     4
McCann Gurugram 9 2   1   3
Early Man Film Mumbai & Kondurkar Studio, Delhi 2 1 1     2
VML Mumbai/Wunderman Thompson Mumbai 11 1 1     2
FCB Kinnect 3   1     1
TGTHR Mumbai/Reckitt 1   1     1
Dentsu Creative Gurgaon 3         0
DDB Mudra & Wieden+Kennedy New York 1         0
FCB Gurugram 1         0
Brand David Communications 1         0
TOTAL  57 9 7 2 0 18

Leo Burnett Mumbai brought in another Silver Lion and Ogilvy Mumbai added a Bronze on day four of the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. 

Leo Burnett won in Creative Effectiveness for its Oreo campaign that tied the cookie's launch in 2011 to India's Cricket World Cup win in a bid to recreate sports magic. 

“To be picked as a Creative Effectiveness winner you have to be the best of the best consistently," said Rajdeepak Das, CCO Publicis Groupe South Asia and chairman of Leo Burnett South Asia. "And we couldn’t be prouder to take home a silver for our Mondelez Oreo #BringBack2011 campaign. This campaign is a powerful example of how creativity can play an effective role in driving business, fostering a deeper connection with the audiences and building the brand.” 

Ogilvy Mumbai, meanwhile added a Bronze Lion for its 'Vi Human Network Testing Network' campaign for Vodafone. 

On Wednesday Leo Burnett had won a Gold Lion in Creative Data for 'Turf Finder', an innovative campaign on behalf of Pepsico's Gatorade that used Google traffic data to identify low traffic sites in order to create temporary play courts for sports like cricket and basketball. A day earlier the campaign had picked up a Bronze Lion in the Entertainment for Sport category.

India also earned two more Silver Lions on Wednesday in the PR category. FCB Kinnect won a Silver Lion for its 'Lulumelon Eoss' campaign for HDFC Bank, while VML Mumbai also took Silver, its second Lion for Coca-Cola's 'Sing to Remember' campaign, which also won a Bronze Entertainment for Music Lion on Tuesday. 

On Tuesday, Early Man Film scored a Silver and Bronze Lion in Film Craft for their sensory striking 'The Steel of India' work for Jindal Steel. 

Leo Burnett Mumbai and VML Mumbai, the shortlist leaders, each won their first Lions, both Bronzes. The former won an Entertainment Lion for Sport for its 'Turf Finder' work for Gatorade which helps communities find playing fields for sport. VML, meanwhile, picked up an Entertainment Lion for Music for 'Sing to Remember' for Coca-Cola. 

On Monday, McCann Worldgroup bagged India's first Gold metal of the year at Cannes Lions 2024 in the 'Health and wellness' category. It won it for the 'Fit My Feet' campaign that it crafted for Buckaroo Footwear. Incidentally, this campaign also bagged a bronze metal in the same category and was also shortlisted for the 'Brand experience and activation' category.

Ogilvy Mumbai also won a bronze in the 'Health and wellness' category for its ‘Impossible Choice’ campaign that it had designed for St Jude India Childcare Centers. It highlighted how young cancer patients are forced to discontinue their treatment due to lack of funds and makes an impassioned plea for people to donate funds to support their cancer treatment.

Ogilvy further bagged a silver in ‘Outdoor’ category for its Taj Mahal Megh Santoor campaign for Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea together with Rapport Outdoor Advertising. The agency created an installation where santoor strings were strung on a billboard, which caught the falling raindrops to perform a live rendition of the Raag Megh Malhar.

VML Mumbai had high hopes for its four shortlists in the Print & Publishing category in its arresting imagery for its #UnplasticIndia campaign for The Times of India but were passed over by the jury in the awarding round. 

Campaign India

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