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2024 Scriptwriting Competition


Daniel Burkitt - ‘The Bandstand’

Laura McNichols on why she chose The Bandstand, "it felt really rooted in its community and had a black humour running through the story and characters and it layered in neatly the conflict between North & South and the challenges of dealing with modernity - its a fun story and believable".


Daniel Burkitt is an advertising creative at agency Fold7, originally from South London, where he still lives. Daniel will collect his Shark Trophy and £1000 prize at our Short Film Winners Screening Day at the Everyman Cinema in Hampstead on the 15th February.


Daniel on what it means: "It’s a fantastic result for me, this is the first individual accolade I’ve won since the sixth form German prize (and only about 6 of us studied it). It’s given me a world of confidence for all future writing endeavours. Massive thanks to Sharks for running the competition, it’s a great opportunity and I’m very proud to be scooping up the iconic Sharks Head trophy."

We don't print the winning script due to copyright reasons, however we are happy to put you in touch with the writer - click to email


Isabel Harvey & Reuben Harvey - 'A Leap Year’
Eoghan Heneghan & Emma McKernan - 'The Awkward Cousin of Inspiration’
Eoghan Heneghan - ‘Lorem Ipsum’
Lydia Clarke - ‘Brass Neck’

Judge - Laura McNicholas

Laura McNicholas - Photo .jpeg

We're delighted to announce the appointment of Laura McNicholas as this year's judge of our annual scriptwriting competition. 


Laura established and runs 925 Productions in Dublin. The 925 slate includes the feature film SPILT MILK currently shooting with the support of Screen Ireland, Coimisiún na Meán and RTE.


The 925 drama slate includes THE LIBERTIES and HONESTLY both developed with the support of Screen Ireland and YES! developed with RTE - these are all now financing, and the horror/ comedy feature film THE MOUNT which is in late stage development with the support of Screen Ireland. 


Laura is currently taking part in the Creative Leaders 2024 programme with Creative Skillset. A member of Screen Producers Ireland - she is also an alumni of TorinoFilmLab SeriesLab and the Rotterdam IFF Producers Lab.


Laura: "I am delighted to have been invited to judge the script entries for the Shark Short Film Scriptwriting Award. This free to enter competition is an incredible opportunity for emerging writers to create a script with a specific brief in mind. Recent winners at the Shark Short Film Awards have gone on to secure funding from other competitions and to then have them produced.


In crafting a short film script you can show how you can tell a story in an original and creative way that can be used in TV and on-line content for advertising, product placement and branded content"


Laura will be assessing the entries, received from all around the world during December 2023. The shortlist will be announced on 19th January and the winner on 5th February. The £1000 prize and coveted Black Shark trophy will be presented at our Short Film Awards screening & Presentation Day at the iconic Everyman Theatre in London's Hampstead on 15th February 

The brief to our 2023 '5 minute short film' competition.

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