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Short Film & Branded Content 2023

We have merged our Short Film & Branded Content into one section so that all the entries are judged by the same jury.


A big thank you to this year's judges;

Jane White - Founder JW Collective

Jane is the Founder of JW Collective, established in 2016 to find fresh and future-facing ways of delivering production craft for film, commercials and content.  She is happiest connecting production and creative talents! Her roster includes partnerships with the leading global service production companies - Division.Film, Indochina Productions, Radioaktivefilm, Shelter Film and Twentyfour Seven, along with the award-winning director/screenwriter Tom Carty and The Nerve boutique music library. During her career, Jane has worked across multiple industry sectors - Agency Board Account Director at Euro RSCG, Client Services Director at Framestore and brand Owner/Marketing Director of a financial services start-up.  She’s an avid supporter of the FireFlies charity cycling team and a Voluntary Director at The Conscious Advertising Network, where she EP's the production of their 'Conscious Thinking' podcast.

Karen Cunningham - Director at Prettybird

Josh Steele - Senior Creative at Arsenal Football Club

Stephen Rogers - Creative Director at Droga5 in Dublin

Ricky Rose - Director at 1staveMachine

It took 2 months for the judges to watch all the entries, hundreds of films from all over the world, and then 2 days in Brighton, working out of the Soho Beach House, deciding the shortlist then negotiating the winners.

The full list of winners and finalists can be found on our Sharks Award-Winning Search Page

Winners Screening Party

This year we screened all the 17 winning films from both Short Films and Branded Content sections at the iconic Everyman Cinema in London's Hampstead.

Short Film Categories

  • Best Short Film under 25 mins

  • Best Short Film under 15 mins

  • Best Short Film under 10 mins

  • Best Short Film under 5 mins

  • Best Animated Short

  • Best Documentary Short

  • Best Irish Short Film

  • Best Acting Performance

  • Best Animation

  • Best Cinematography

  • Best Direction

  • Best Writing

  • Best Editing

  • Best Original Music

  • Best Production Design

Branded Content Categories

  • Best Documentary under 5 mins

  • Best Documentary over 5 mins

  • Best Fiction under 5 mins

  • Best Fiction over 5 mins

  • Best Filmed Brand Experience/Stunts & Events/TV Shows etc under 5 mins

  • Best Filmed Brand Experience/Stunts & Events/TV Shows etc over 5 mins


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