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 ex Wieden & Kennedy and D&AD.

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!”