Short Film Finalists 2017

From well over a hundred entries, the Short Film jury have whittled the shortlist down to just 24 films, some of which have been selected more than once across the 18 different categories. The films, each of an incredibly high standard, range in length from just 2 mins to 15 mins and were judged over 2 days with each project very carefully considered. Regrettably, not all the wonderful films that were entered can be shortlisted, and the jury were forced to make many difficult decisions during the judging process. Jury Chair, Jim Gilchrist said: “The quality was high this year, I'm super proud of the decisions we made, and those that have the golds coming really deserve it, some real standout work.”


The full list can be seen at

A selection of the Finalist Films can be viewed at a private screening at the Festival, whilst the Gold winners will be revealed at the Awards Dinner held at the Trident Hotel on Thursday 21st Sept. A small number of Delegate tickets are still available by applying via the Sharks website

The Jury

Winner of Young Shark Competition 2017 announced

Aditya Hariharan

The winner of the Kinsale Shark Awards ‘Young Sharks’ competition for under 26 year olds creatives has been announced. 

24-year-old Aditya Hariharan, a Copywriter from Memac Ogilvy in Dubai won with his entry, ‘Perspective’ giving an altogether upside-down take on the Sharks!

Speaking about the idea behind the work, Aditya said:” Being a copywriter, I wanted to keep the ad visually simple. I doodled around with different shapes and stumbled upon the shark fin/speech bubble layout, that I thought was quite interesting. After exhausting all shark-related puns, I decided to keep the headline simple too, so I put everything together, crossed my fingers, and hit submit!”

In second and third place respectively are Dublin-based Chris Kennedy with ‘Carnival Winner’, and Portuguese entrants João Vaz and Sebastião Seguro with ‘SHAAAAAAAAARK’.

The entries were judged by Mike Mesbur, ECD Ogilvy Ireland. Commenting on the work, Mike said: "The top three submissions all showed fresh thinking combined with a clarity of execution that really nailed a great communications idea. While there wasn't much to separate them, I chose my winner because it dared to show us a conceptual twist that was right under our noses all along: an upside-down shark fin can look just like a speech bubble.”

As well as UAE, Ireland and Portugal, Young Shark entries came in from the UK, USA, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Switzerland, Singapore, Czech, Estonia, Israel, Canada, Australia, Dominican Republic and Hungary!

Music Video Jury for 2017 Announced

Attracting Top Music Industry Talent - Sony, Prettybird, OB Management and Atlantic Records on Music Video Jury Duty

We’re attracting the music industry's top talents here at Kinsale.  This year’s jury is a real star-studded line-up covering a wide range disciplines from Production company Head and Exec Producer, to Director's Rep and Music Video commissioners from LA and London. 

Exec Producer and founder of Prettybird Juliette Larthe, Otis Bell of OB Management, Shadeh Smith director of Video Production at Atlantic Records and Mike O'Keefe VP of Creative at Sony Music will all be judging the entries.

Now in it's 3rd Kinsale year, the music video awards have slotted seamlessly into the festival schedule, and is helmed as one of the most popular aspects of the festival.  Essentially, it's a great way for those involved in the craft of making music videos to create exposure and awareness of their talent.  Many of our supporters and entrants already work across the world of commercials, branded content and short films, so the festival's embrace of music video is a welcome inclusion, especially as these different art forms often overlap and intertwine. 

Awards include Best Music Video, Best Music Video Director, Best Idea/Concept/Writing for a MV, Best Cinematography in a MV, Best Editing in a MV, Best Colour Grading in a MV, Best Use of FX/Animation in a MV, Best MV for a low budget (under €10k)

Entries cost just $50 per category

Entry Deadline is 1st September - please note this will not be extended

Enter here


Headline Speaker for 2017 - Antonio Fernandez

"What does love look like in a gang?"

How does someone become leader of America's largest Latin Street gang (The Latin Kings), then get sentenced to 15 years for conspiring to sell narcotics, then turn their life around completely and motivate 7000 gang members into a powerful creative force in the community?

Antonio Fernandez, aka King Tone, is the former leader of The Latin Kings, the largest Hispanic street gang in the U.S with 7,000 members in NY and 50,000 across the world.

Antonio was the catalyst in transforming The Latin Kings from an organised crime syndicate into a political movement, fighting for social justice on behalf of suppressed Latin American communities.

He is an expert in leadership, hustle, management, and activism and he uses his life story as both a cautionary tale and a message about self-transformation and now advises business leaders all around the world.  GROW UP GROW OUT, Antonio’s own organisation, helps young people, including prison inmates, to find new paths toward social and personal growth and permanent change. 

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, Dan Lucey of BBDO NY and Guillaume Reboot of BETC Paris. 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.