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Our new venue for Music Video & Short Film Awards in 2021 (covid permitting). This new event will be held in the spring annually.



Jury President
Short Films


We will soon announce our dates for our Advertising, Digital & Design festival in Kinsale. 


Entry to the delayed 2020 Competition is now closed. Judging takes place Feb 21. Shortlists will be announced by 28 February.
The winners of the 2020 competition will be announced at an Awards event this Spring, details to be announced soon.


We will be open for entries into our 2021 Competition on 1 April. Entries close 30 September 2021.


Jury President


Jury President Statement

Regardless of the genres, themes or styles which pique personal tastes, few would question the power of cinema to tap into our deepest emotions as it submerges us in a wealth of experience outside of our own. However, when it comes to running times, diminutive sibling the short film often gets overlooked. Ignored by many and dismissed by others (who should know better) as simply the training wheels for 'proper' filmmaking, the format despite its increasing prevalence is still woefully overlooked. However, those of us who make short films our everyday business, who eat, breathe and sleep the form, have long known that this is the cinematic canvas where innovation thrives.

Rather than being a hindrance, the infamously low budgets of bootstrapped shorts productions frequently act as a catalyst for filmmakers to turn their passions into action in an arena where the external forces of compromise exert the least pressure. Here is where new generations of filmmakers forge career spanning relationships with collaborators while exploring new ideas. Where veteran practitioners return to stretch their creative muscles free from restriction. Where focus groups, studio notes and audience demographics hold no sway. It is the breeding ground of bold visions, birthing innovative techniques which are developed, honed and deployed in the service of absorbing narratives.

As such, short films should be widely celebrated, not as effective stepping stones to larger ventures - although the best of them routinely fill that purpose - but as pieces of boundary pushing art to be admired in their own right.


  • Best Short Film under 15 mins
  • Best Short Film under 10 mins
  • Best Short Film under 5 mins
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Irish Short Film
  • Best Acting Performance
  • Best Animation
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Direction
  • Best Editing
  • Best Original Music
  • Best Production Design

Entry Fee €50 + vat


  • The Film should be no longer than 15 minutes excluding opening titles and credits
  • The Film must have been “completed” and “aired" no earlier than 1st January 2019
  • Closing date for entries is 8 January 2021.
  • Any film that has been entered into a previous Sharks Shorts festival is not eligible.
  • You agree that The Film may be screened to a private audience at the Sharks SF Festival.

  • We accept films that have been published on the internet as well as films on the short film circuit.

  • Branded Content should be entered in the Advertising Section.
  • Optional: English Subtitles will help the jurors 'understand' films submitted in their original language.

  • The Shortlist (Finalists) will be published on our website by 1st March 2021
  • The jury reserves the right not to make any award in any category if the creative standard has not been met.
 The decisions made by the jury are their personal subjective opinions and for reasons of confidentiality we do not provide further comment on individual entries.

  • You grant us permission to use a still image (of your choice) for publicity purposes on our website and social media pages.

  • Irish Entries should be directed by an Irish Passport holder and produced in Ireland by an Irish production company.
  • No colour bars or black Sequences before or after The Film.

  • Refunds will only be made in exceptional circumstances, and may be subject to a deduction for our expenses.