SHORT FILM

Grand Prix - ' The Long Goodbye'

Congratulations to Wetransfer and their WePresent programme who entered this ispirational and moving film. WePresent supports artistes to profile and  showcase amazing stories.

One Great White Shark Trophy on it's way.

Gold Winners of 2020

**Please note there is no pre-determined minimum or maximum number of films required to make a shortlist. The jurors are tasked with selecting work that is well above standard quality as the bar for their selection. Equally there is no pressure on the jury to find a winner. At The Sharks we do not operate a 'Best in Show' principle, so if the jury feel the Gold standard has not been met this year, in any particular category, then it is possible that no prize will be awarded. 

Shortlists for Best  Short Films of 2020

BEST SHORT FILM UNDER 5 MINS

  • 'Absent' entered by Dog Eat Dog

  • 'Wake Up' entered by The Progress Film Company

  • 'FILTERFACE - Double Tap To Like' entered by Common People Films

  • 'The Decision' entered by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

  • 'Malaria' entered by Bonaparte Films

  • 'Rejoice Resist' entered by Lief

  • 'I Got Through' entered by Sticker Studios

BEST SHORT FILM UNDER 10 MINS

  • '22. Anna Matthews' entered by Ben Hector Films

  • 'Tinned Pears' entered by The Progress Film Company

  • 'Lazy Susan' entered by Park Pictures

  • 'Selling Out' entered by Flare Studios

  • 'Today You, Tomorrow Me' entered by Great Guns

BEST SHORT FILM UNDER 15 MINS

  • 'The Long Goodbye' entered by WeTransfer

  • 'Good Thanks, You?' entered by Try Hard Films

  • 'The Birth of Valerie Venus' entered by Lunapark Pictures + Red Breast Productions + Madrefoca + Clever Mule

  • 'Brothers' entered by HKX Productions

  • 'A Better You' entered by Army of Id

  • 'Drifting' entered by Harp Media

  • 'Balloon' entered by Great Guns

  • 'Hello From Taiwan' entered by Valiant Pictures

  • 'In France Michelle is a Man’s Name' entered by Valiant Pictures

BEST SHORT FILM - IRELAND

  • 'Christy' entered by Feel Good Lost LTD

  • 'Sister This' entered by Parallel Films

  • 'Wrath' entered by Bear Print Media

  • 'A Better You' entered by Army of Id

  • '4x4' entered by Feel Good Lost Ltd

  • 'Boxed Up' entered by Kode Media

​BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

  • 'Saoirse' entered by The Nice Things

  • 'Inferno' entered by 13CO

  • 'Fungophilic' entered by Media Coop

  • 'Simone - A Survivor's Story' entered by Familia

  • 'A Failure of the Imagination' entered by The Progress Film Company

  • 'Running Through Life' entered by DadBod Films

  • 'Radio Vanille' entered by Armoury

  • 'Dino' entered by Nice Shirt Films

  • 'The End of Photography' entered by Great Guns

​BEST ANIMATED SHORT

  • 'The Dead Hands of Dublin' entered by Pink Kong Studios

  • 'The Ghastly Fowl' entered by Once Upon A Story

DIRECTION

  • 'Inferno' entered by 13CO

  • 'Leopard' entered by The Trash Factory

  • 'The Birth of Valerie Venus' entered by Lunapark Pictures + Red Breast Productions + Madrefoca + Clever Mule

  • 'The Passing' entered by Nichola Wong

  • 'Brothers' entered by HKX Productions

  • 'The Ghastly Fowl' entered by Once Upon a Story

  • '22. Anna Matthews' entered by Ben Hector Films

  • 'Can You See Me - Love Story' entered by Raine Films

  • 'Saoirse' entered by The Nice Things

  • 'Hello From Taiwan' entered by Valiant Pictures

  • 'In France Michelle is a Man’s Name' entered by Valiant Pictures

​DIRECTION - IRELAND

  • 'A Better You' entered by Army of Id

  • 'Sister This' entered by Parallel Films

  • '4x4' entered by Feel Good Lost Ltd

  • 'Saoirse' entered by The Nice Things

WRITING

  • 'The Birth of Valerie Venus' entered by Lunapark Pictures + Red  Breast Productions + Madrefoca + Clever Mule

  • '22. Anna Matthews' entered by Ben Hector Films

  • 'In France Michelle is a Man’s Name' entered by Valiant Pictures

  • 'Hello From Taiwan' entered by Valiant Pictures

CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • 'The Birth of Valerie Venus' entered by Lunapark Pictures + Red Breast Productions + Madrefoca + Clever Mule

  • 'Ashima' entered by Dillon & Co

  • 'The Empty Chair' entered by Burning Reel

  • 'Listen To Me Sing' entered by Daniel Morgan

  • 'Sister This' entered by Parallel Films

  • 'RE-ENTRY' entered by Great Guns

ANIMATION

  • 'Ladder to You' entered by Eyebolls

  • 'The Dead Hands of Dublin' entered by Pink Kong Studios

  • 'Downstream' entered by Danny Sangra

​EDITING

  • 'Double Tap' entered by Stitch

  • 'The Birth of Valerie Venus' entered by Lunapark Pictures, Red Breast Productions, Madrefoca, Clever Mule

​ORIGINAL MUSIC

  • 'The Long Goodbye' entered by Somesuch

  • 'Ajoyo' entered by Grayscale Productions

​PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • 'A Better You' entered by Army of ID

  • 'The Decision' entered by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

  • 'Malaria' entered by Bonaparte Films

​ACTING PERFORMANCE

  • 'The Long Goodbye' entered by Somesuch

  • 'A Better You' entered by Army of ID

  • 'The Birth of Valerie Venus' entered by Lunapark Pictures, Red Breast Productions, Madrefoca, Clever Mule

  • 22. Anna Matthews entered by Ben Hector Films

Judges

Jury President

MarBelle

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.

Categories

  • 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

Conditions

  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.

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Best Short Film - Ireland

'Sister This' entered by Parallel Films

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