MUSIC VIDEO

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Shark MV Winners 20/21

Vaughan Arnell: "It was such an honour to be president of the Shark music video awards for 2021 Each year the creative bar gets set higher and higher , but this year it went to the max. The standard of art was beyond amazing. It was such a rush watching the films from the world I love so much. A world I feel so proud to be part of. I would like to say a big thank you to all judges who gave their time and expertise in creating the final supreme list. I found the whole experience so inspiring and can’t wait to see what next year creates."

GRAND PRIX

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PRODUCTION CO. of the YEAR

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IRISH PRODUCTION CO. of the YEAR

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Best Music Video
Best Music Video

'Sad Day' entered by FRIEND

Best Music Video
Best Music Video

'Virtuous Circle' entered by Film Boldly

Best Music Video - Ireland
Best Music Video - Ireland

'Phoenix' entered by Motherland

Best Music Video - Ireland
Best Music Video - Ireland

'A Hero's Death' entered by Motherland/Partisan Records

Best Music Video for Low Budget - Ireland
Best Music Video for Low Budget - Ireland

'Bloodstain' entered by Motherland

Best Music Video for Low Budget
Best Music Video for Low Budget

'Mesmerize' entered by Caviar

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'Brock Neal Roberts' entered by Agile Films for Music Video 'Trap Phone'

Best Direction
Best Direction

'Sad Day'entered by Doomsday Entertainment

Best Editing
Best Editing

'Criss Cross' entered by Stitch

To view shortlisted videos click here

**Please note there is no pre-determined minimum or maximum number of films required to make a shortlist. The jurors are tasked with selecting work that is well above standard quality as the bar for their selection. Equally there is no pressure on the jury to find a winner. At The Sharks we do not operate a 'Best in Show' principle, so if the jury feel the Gold standard has not been met this year, in any particular category, then it is possible that no prize will be awarded. 

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  • International - Aigel 'You're born' entered by blacklist mgmt

  • International - Salvatore Ganacci 'Boycycle' entered by Business Club Royale

  • International - Mura Masa & Slowthai 'Deal Wiv It' entered by Canada

  • International - Duck Sauce 'Mesmerize' entered by Caviar

  • International - Califato ¾ 'Fandangô de Carmen Porter' entered by DUDE

  • International - Jordan Klassen 'Virtuous Circle' entered by Film Boldly

  • International - FKA Twigs 'Sad Day' entered by Doomsday / FRIEND

  • International - Idles 'War' entered by Ground Work

  • International - Waze & Odyssey, George Michael, Mary J. Blige & Tommy Theo 'Always' entered by OB Management

  • Ireland - Fontaines D.C. 'A Hero's Death' entered by Motherland

  • Ireland - Kojaque & Luka Palm 'Phoenix' entered by Motherland

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  • International - Duck Sauce 'Mesmerize' entered by Caviar

  • International - Jurdan Bryant 'Words For Thomas' entered by Compulsory

  • International - Taylor Bennett 'Don't Wait Up' entered by Doomsday Entertainment

  • International - The Manor 'Swazz' entered by Park Village

  • International - D Double E 'Fresh N Clean (Silence the Critics)' entered by Riff Raff Films

  • International - Dearly Beloved 'Close Encounters' entered by Little League

  • Ireland - JyellowL feat. Chris Kabs 'Mademoiselle' entered by Bold Puppy

  • Ireland - Why-Axis 'Bloodstain' entered by Motherland

  • Ireland - Delush 'Guess We Got a Problem'

  • Ireland - Sprints 'Drones' entered by Taller Stories

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  • International - Brock Neal Roberts at Agile Films

  • International - Sevdaana at Tony Petersen Film

  • Ireland - Ayla Amano at Feel Good Lost

  • Ireland - Ais Brady

  • Ireland - Ignas Laugalis

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  • ​International - Aigel 'You're born' entered by blacklist mgmt

  • International - Salvatore Ganacci 'Boycycle' entered by Business Club Royale

  • International - Dua Lipa 'Physical' entered by Canada

  • International - Duck Sauce 'Mesmerize' entered by Caviar

  • International - FKA Twigs 'Sad Day' entered by Doomsday Entertainment

  • International - Califato ¾ 'Fandangô de Carmen Porter' entered by DUDE

  • International - Waze & Odyssey, George Michael, Mary J. Blige & Tommy Theo - 'Always' entered by OB Management

  • International - S+C+A+R+R 'The Rest of My Days' entered by 'Passion Paris Production'

  • Ireland - David Keenan 'The Healing' entered by Collective Films

  • Ireland - Ring Saigo 'Everything You Love' entered by Lagoon Company

  • Ireland - Art of Algebra & Breezy iDeyGoke 'Praying on a Gamble' entered by Mark JD Smyth

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  • International - Riz Ahmed 'The Long Goodbye' entered by Final Cut

  • International - Coldplay 'Trouble in Town' entered by Machine

  • International - Moses Boyd 'Stranger Than Fiction' entered by Riff Raff Films

  • International - Dua Lipa 'Physical' entered by Stitch

  • International - Rolling Stones 'Criss Cross' entered by Stitch

  • Ireland - JyellowL feat. Chris Kabs 'Mademoiselle' entered by Bold Puppy

  • Ireland - Fontaines D.C. 'A Hero's Death' entered by Motherland

  • Ireland - Why-Axis 'Bloodstain' entered by Motherland

  • Ireland - Sprints 'Drones' entered by Taller Stories

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  • International - Rolling Stones 'Criss Cross' entered by Black Kite Studios

  • International - 'Projector' entered by FRIEND

  • International - Arlo Parks 'Caroline' entered by MPC

  • International - DJ Shadow 'Rocket Fuel' entered by The Mill

  • Ireland - Sprints 'Drones' entered by Taller Stories

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  • International - Beardyman ft. Joe Rogan '6am (Ready To Write)' entered by Electric Theatre Collective

  • International - FKA Twigs 'Sad Day' entered by MPC

  • International - Dua Lipa 'Break My Heart' entered by No.8

  • International - Waze & Odyssey, George Michael, Mary J. Blige & Tommy Theo 'Always' entered by OB Management

  • International - S+C+A+R+R 'The Rest of My Days' entered by Passion Paris Production

  • Ireland - No music videos were shortlisted by the jury

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  • International - Salvatore Ganacci   'Boycycle' entered by Business Club Royale

  • International - Duck Sauce 'Mesmerize' entered by Caviar

  • International - Stormzy 'Superheroes' entered by COMPULSORY

  • International - FKA twigs 'Young Turks' entered by Doomsday Entertainment

  • International - Califato ¾ 'Fandangô de Carmen Porter' entered by DUDE

  • International - Waze & Odyssey, George Michael, Mary J. Blige & Tommy Theo 'Always' entered by OB Management

  • International - Pharrell Williams (ft. Jay-Z) 'Entrepreneur' entered by PRETTYBIRD

  • Ireland - Jape 'I Want to Get Right' entered by Fail Safe Films/Rye Films

  • Ireland - Sprints 'Drones' entered by Taller Stories

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  • International - Yusuf/Cat Stevens 'Where Do The Children Play' entered by Black Dog Films

  • International - Calvin Harris, Ft. The Weeknd 'Over Now' entered by Carbon & Ammolite

  • International - Duck Sauce 'Mesmerize' entered by Caviar

  • International - S+C+A+R+R 'The Rest of My Days' entered by Passion Paris Production

  • Ireland - Christy Moore 'The Voyage' entered by Jam Media

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  • International - Arlo Parks 'Caroline' entered by Agile Films

  • International - Hania Rani 'F Major' entered bu Black Dog Films

  • International - Califato ¾ 'Fandangô de Carmen Porter' entered by DUDE

  • International - Ferran Palau 'Flora-Caic' entered by PRIMO

  • Ireland - Kojaque & Luka Palm 'Phoenix' entered by Albert Hooi

  • Ireland - Aimee 'What My Mamma Gave Me' entered by Bold Puppy

  • Ireland - David Keenan 'The Healing' entered by Collective Films

  • Ireland - Junior Brother 'Life's New Haircut' entered by Feel Good Lost Ltd

  • Ireland - Jape 'I Want to Get Right' entered by Fail Safe Films/Rye Films

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  • International - 'Projector' entered by FRIEND
  • International - 'You & I' entered by FRIEND
  • International - Waze & Odyssey, George Michael, Mary J. Blige & Tommy Theo
    'Always' 
    entered by OB Management
  • International - Aigel 'You're Born' entered by Blacklist Management
  • International - Dua Lipa ' Physical' entered by CANADA
  • International - Dua Lipa 'Break My Heart' entered by Worldwide Production Agency
  • International - Joywave 'Obsession' entered by Mad Meridian
  • Ireland - Aimée 'What My Mamma Gave Me' entered by Bold Puppy
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  • International - FKA Twigs 'Sad Day' entered by FRIEND
  • International - Charli XCX & Christine & The Queens 'Gone' entered by FRIEND
  • Ireland - No music videos were shortlisted by the jury
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  • International - Asaf Avidan 'Earth Odyssey' entered by Niccolo Montanari
  • International - Waze & Odyssey, George Michael, Mary J. Blige & Tommy Theo - 'Always' entered by OB Management
  • International - Vaundy 'Fukakoryoku' entered by Nakama
  • International - Lous And The Yakuza 'Dilemme' entered by Scheme Engine
  • Ireland - No music videos were shortlisted by the jury

MORE SHORTLISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED

Judging

Running a creative awards and festival (well just awards this year, see worldwide pandemic thingy) there are certain things that we absolutely MUST get right. Get these things wrong and we simply wouldn't last (nb: we're in our 58th year). Maybe the most important thing is getting the right judges. Judges that entrants can look at and think "yeah, I'm happy they have the right stuff to judge my work". We won't wax lyrical here about the quality of the judges/juries we've managed to put together this year, their bios will tell you all you need to know. But we would like you to keep in mind how flexible they've been in the present, very tricky Covid climate that has been (week-to week sometimes) changing how we can and will be carrying out the judging. This year we needed to find brilliant creative minds who can also roll with the punches. Creativity with calm. We believe this is what our judges have given us and we're very grateful. 

Judges

What is it about a Music Video?

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A Word from our Jury President, Vaughan Arnell

I love music videos and I am so proud to be part of such a creative industry. They have been my life and undying passion. From the early years working with Dead Or Alive (You Spin Me Round) and more recently with the likes of Sam Smith and Normani, I have been lucky enough to collaborate with some great artists.  Robbie Williams and I have been making videos together for the last 25 years and they have been some of the best experiences of my career. Thanks Rob.

Music videos have been around longer than most people think. Artists were making films to individual songs since the late 1930’s but it was the introduction of MTV that created the real explosion of the music video as we know it today. I was a runner around the same time as MTV hit our screens. It was like watching tv from another planet and I loved it.

My parents couldn’t afford cable tv and the only place I could view those mini epics was in a pub called The Nelly Dean in Dean Street Soho.

 The VHS quality MTV shows were projected through a smoke-filled room onto a grey, out of focus screen. I would watch the same loop night after night researching all the crew members of my fav videos. My dream was to be part of that new movement and one day direct my own music videos.

 

A lot has changed since those days, the one thing that has never changed is the constant stream of ground-breaking creativity. Music videos have influenced every level of our culture, from feature films to commercials. The explosive visual genre has stamped its mark on every corner of our life.

 

Music videos should be treasured. Each one has become a mini time capsule capturing the music, fashion and social history of a certain moment in time. Almost month by month they have been recording and collating our culture in every small detail. We can see how people dressed, where they lived, how they moved, the politics, the passions, the phones, the sneakers!!

 

The list is endless. A perfect timeline of our social history.

 

That’s enough of the past. What about now and the future? There are so many exciting directors from across the globe creating the most beautiful visuals. Diverse storytellers who want to make their mark. This diversity should be championed and supported every step of the way. From cast, to crew, a collaboration of different minds is how we make great work.

 

Music videos have become an all inspiring art form that never fails to excite me. Let’s celebrate these works of genius. Let’s celebrate all the great talent, the long shoot days, the sleepless nights, the arguments, the tears and the absolute joy of making a music video. There are so many people behind any one video. Teams who work through the night, all with that one goal of creating something different and fresh. They are the game changers. A labour of love that we love to do.

Categories

Conditions

  • Best Music Video
  • Best Music Video for low budget <€10k
  • Best Animation
  • Best Artiste Performance
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Colour Grading
  • Best Direction
  • Best Editing
  • Best New Director
  • Best Post Production/SFX
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Writing/Idea/Concept
  • The MV must have been “completed” and “aired" no earlier than 1st April 2019.

  • Closing dates for entry is 8 January 2021
  • Films previously entered at a Shark Awards Festival are not eligible even if it was in a different category than the one that is now being considered.

  • The jury reserves the right not to make any award in any category if the creative standard has not been met.

  • The Shortlists will be published on our website w/c 1st Feb  2021. The winners will be announced at our new MV Brighton UK festival in the Spring 2021 (date to be confirmed due to COVID restrictions).

  • Best in Category may be awarded to more than one winner. There are no Bronze or Silver awards, we go from Shortlist to Winner, with the successful entrant receiving a coveted Black Shark.

  • Irish companies/individuals may enter work into both Ireland and International categories. These are two separate competitions. As a national show, work entered into Ireland categories will compete with other Irish entries only. Work entered by Irish companies/individuals into the International categories will be judged against International work

  • The decisions made by the jury are their personal subjective opinions and for reasons of confidentiality we do not provide further comment on individual entries.

  • You grant us permission, if requested, to use a still image (of your choice) for publicity purposes on our website and social media pages.

  • Irish Entries should be directed by an Irish Resident and produced in Ireland by an Irish production company, and for 2020 entered by an Ireland Registered company.

  • MV Production Company of the Year (selected from all categories), MV Edit House of the Year (selected from the editing category only) & MV VFX/Post House of The Year (selected from VFX, grading & animation categories) are calculated on a points system and includes shortlisted work. A minimum of 2 winners for different music videos is required. Shortlist 1 point,  Best in Category 3 points, Grand Prix 5 points.
 Points are awarded to entrant company only.
  • Best MV for Low Budget may also be entered into Best MV category (two different entries). 

  • Grand Prix is selected at the jury's discretion.
  • New Music Video Director - the work submitted must have been completed no earlier than 1 Jan 2018 - the Director may not have directed any other work before this date, otherwise he/she cannot be considered as 'New'.
  • Refunds will only be made in exceptional circumstances, and may be subject to a deduction for our expenses.