Announcing the new Kinsale Sharks Creative Bravery Award

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A new accolade for this year’s season and festival, and in association with Creative Social the award celebrates work which has the courage and tenacity to push boundaries regardless of the risks and potential consequences. This is work that only the bravest clients will support and which will have represented a huge Shark sized leap of faith! Chaired by Saatchi & Saatchi WW CEO, Robert Senior the jury includes L.A Roynane, ECD Havas, Mary Doherty of Red Dog and Juliette Larthe of Prettybird. Senior will also be speaking on the topic of Creative Bravery at the Festival which runs from Thursday 21st - Saturday 24th of September.


Robert Senior said: Bravery is the difference between creativity as a narrative and creativity as a business principle. But there is bad and good bravery. Bad bravery simply seeks to shock. Good bravery seeks to solve a business problem through an unlikely but powerful idea that touches the audience and accelerates the business. The Kinsale Bravery Award will be recognising, rewarding and encouraging the latter.

Price is €310 + VAT per entry.

Kinsale launch Young Sharks Award

You're only a young creative once.

We are now accepting entries for the Kinsale YOUNG sharks award.

If you are 26 or older, stop reading here.

If however you are aged between 1 minute old and 25 years old, you have a chance of picking up the title and trophy 'Kinsale Young Shark 2017.'

The winner/winning team (apart from enjoying the sheer joy of being able to jump about saying 'winner winner, chicken dinner' etc) will win free travel & admission to the festival, three nights accommodation and a pass to all talks and events along with a lunch with Tim O’Kennedy whose enviable CV includes Nike, Wieden & Kennedy and D&AD.

The award is judged by Mike Mesbur, ECD of Ogilvy Ireland, who's prolific career includes an unfailing dedication to the nurture of new talent.

ps it's free to enter

New Kinsale Shark Awards Festival Director announced

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Aisling White as our new Festival Director for The Kinsale Shark Awards. Previously Aisling was Account Director at Kennedy PR + Brand, worked with Taste of Dublin, the IFTAs, The Persil Irish Fashion Awards and more recently Down Syndrome Ireland HB Fundays. She has held Senior Client Service roles with Bell Advertising and Des O’Meara & Partners and management roles with The Women’s Mini Marathon and RTE People In Need Telethon.

Kinsale Sharks Chairman Peter Brady says; "Our ambition to keep the Kinsale Shark Awards punching way above its weight in the international arena has led to the appointment of Aisling White as Festival director. With over 25 years’ experience across advertising, marketing, PR, event management and sponsorship. Aisling is a great addition to the team and is ready to promote the Kinsale Sharks experience globally"

Shark Short Film Awards 2017

Now open for Entries


This year we are collecting entries via the FilmFreeway entry system.

There are 17 different categories to choose from, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Documentary Short, Best Animated Short and a host of craft awards. The entry fee is $50 per category, with an EARLY BIRD option which reduces the cost to just $25 for those received before 31st May.

Our judges are professional film-makers and commissioners whose names will be published on this site shortly. 

We close for entries on Aug 31st.

The Shortlist will be published early September.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Kinsale on Thursday 21st Sept.

New PR Agency signed to The Sharks

The Kinsale Shark Awards have partnered with Boopr in London.

Zoe Brooks, Director of boo pr said: “I’ve always supported the Kinsale Shark Awards and Festival, and been a fan of it’s up-close and personal experience, so working alongside them at a time that’s very exciting for the creative community, it’s awards and festivals is the perfect partnership!”