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See our new script writing competition with a €1000 cash prize for the winner.


Our new venue for Music Video & Short Film Awards in 2021 (covid permitting). This new event will be held in the spring annually.



Jury President
Short Films


We will soon announce our dates for our Advertising, Digital & Design festival in Kinsale. 


 '5-minute Short Film' Script Writing Competition

The Brief
Lockdown generally isn't much fun, but there are occasional opportunities that arise and we're absolutely sure of this as we're providing one of them. To cut to the chase, now (while you have a bit of spare time) might be a good time to consider the Sharks' short-film script competition. 


"The Sharks short film script competition you say?"


Yes, which couldn't be simpler - we're looking for short film scripts, specifically no longer than five mins (you might get away with ideas timed at 5 mins 11 secs-ish but any longer and we'll definitely know you're taking the..).


You'll need just three things; 1) a terrific idea 2) a 500 word synopsis of your terrific idea and 3) a script to show how it will be shot.'s basically it.


There's a cash prize of €1000 for the script judged (by a top director) to be the best.


So, if you're fed-up watching daytime re-runs of repeats of re-showings of Friends (ffs how many of them did they make!?) get your thinking cap on and get busy.



Features Director Paddy Breathnach to Judge Script Writing Competition

We're proud to announce that our judge for the very first Shark Awards short film script writing competition (bit of a mouthful that!) is the brilliant and very lovely features director Paddy Breathnach.


Paddy began his own career making short films and natural history documentaries before the draw of story telling through film drama became his format of choice!


His most recent feature film ‘Rosie’ - with screenplay by Roddy Doyle - explores the heartbreak of homelessness and was awarded first prize at the French Film Festival "La pauvreté sans clichés" in Montreuil, and also showed in Toronto.


In 2015 Paddy directed the very open, honest and really quite moving Spanish language LGBT film ‘Viva’ which was set in Cuba and won the ADL Stand Up Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and shortlist for best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards. It also premiered at Telluride and screened at Sundance.

Paddy said: "I'm very honoured to be judging Shark Awards Short Film Script Writing Competition. These opportunities are vital part of the film industry and the creative community, not only for the emerging of new talent but adding fresh ideas, a new energy and way of thinking to the status quo which can only add to the evolution of creativity and innovative ideas. During my judging, I’ll be looking to be utterly engaged and wanting to feel compelled to turn to the next page.”


Paddy will select the winning script out of an expected high number of entries hoping to win the coveted cash prize of €1000 and be honoured as Shark Awards Short Film Script Writing Competition winner!

Competition Conditions


  1. Open to entries worldwide written in English language only.

  2. We close for entries on 17th March 2021.

  3. The Script must be your original creative work, and you warrant that you are the sole creator. Writing teams are accepted.

  4. You agree we may publish the synopsis of the winning script. You retain all rights to the Script itself and any other creative materials submitted to the Competition.

  5. You agree that your submission will not infringe, misappropriate or violate the intellectual property, privacy or other rights of any third party.

  6. You are solely responsible for protecting your intellectual property rights in the Script.

  7. The script must not have been previously produced into a movie before the winner is announced.

  8. Participation in the competition constitutes permission to use the winners name and photograph on our website and in promotional material.

  9. We will publish a shortlist of Finalists, prior to announcing the winner, here on our website and in social media.

  10. The team at The Shark Awards (writers and producers) will sift the entries to create a manageable list for our judge to review.

  11. This is a free to enter competition, therefore you agree there is no contract entered into, implied or otherwise.

  12. You accept that the decisions made by the staff and judges are their personal subjective opinions and for reasons of confidentiality we do not provide further comment on individual entries.

  13. We reserve the right to revoke/disqualify any entry or award for a breach of these rules.

Entry Instructions

  1. Submit your entry via Filmfreeway (see link below)

  2. Name the PDF file as per The_Film_Title.pdf

  3. The Film Title should sit in the header at top of page.

  4. No credits should appear on page.

  5. The 500 word synopsis should sit immediately under the Film Title.

  6. The script should follow.

  7. You may include a treatment or storyboard if you so wish.


Please note that the brief is for a '5 minutes or less' Short Film, not Heaven's Gate! Entries should be written as succinctly as possible. The judge will principally be looking for an idea that can be compellingly expressed in a 5 minute time-length. This should be clear from the synopsis. It is quite likely that any entry that clearly fails this first objective will be discarded from further reading. Once the 5 minute rule has been established the script and treatment will help visualise the execution into moving image. Think 5 minutes, less is more!