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Short Film Scriptwriting

Updated: Apr 2, 2022

Competition 2021

The Shark Awards inaugural short film script writing competition attracted hundreds of entries from 32 countries around the world. The script submissions covered a wide range of entrants from first time writers to seasoned professionals. Each entry was assessed against the simple criteria set out in the invitation to enter, resulting in 37 entries going forward to reach the coveted shortlist. Following further consideration, six scripts made it to finalist stage and one winner was chosen by acclaimed features director Paddy Breathnach.

Each entrant was required to submit a 500 word synopsis to win a coveted Shark trophy and €1000 in prize money.


Sharks Short Film Script Writing Competition Finds it's Soulmate in Winning Entrant - Mary Kirwan

The 5 minute short film script follows Gwen, a pedantic believer in all things mystical who has just received a sketch of her soulmate. Determined to find love and hope in a pandemic, she launches her own personal search campaign. Mary's script was heralded the best by Paddy, he commented: “Choosing a winner wasn’t an easy task as there were many great scripts entered but for me “Soulmate Wanted” stood out because of it’s wonderful comedy and humanity, it’s great concept and the precision and craft in the writing. “

Mary, a costume assistant coming from the theatre world in Dublin, this is her first ever script and said: “I am over the moon to win this award. Winning it has quietened any thoughts that writing is just a pipe dream and has really encouraged me to keep going.”

The script is available to prospective directors/producers who may wish to collaborate with Mary to get this made into a finished film.


Q&A with competition winner Mary Kirwan

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