Yep, hands sanitised, masks on, we go again.

To be honest, organising awards during a pandemic isn't a breeze and we'd be liars if we said it was easy.

But the The Sharks kept cool(ish) heads in September and managed to get the best in Advertising, Digital and Design judged by some of the best people in Advertising, Digital and Design.

We had a lot of help of course - our judges truly went above and beyond for us (those who judged live and those on zoom in different countries) and The Groucho Club in Soho welcomed us as warmly as Kinsale normally does.

And now, we'll be doing it all again.

The fastest growing Sharks' categories over the past 5 years have been Short Films and Music Videos, so much so we've now had to give them their own separate awards. We were hoping to go to Brighton for a dedicated event in March (still might if there's a vaccine fast) but (as with adverting etc) we can guarantee the work will be judged by top film and music industry names and the best work will be awarded.

Our attitude is simple, when we can go and have fun, we will, but we won't let Covid stop us awarding the best work.

We close for entries 31st Dec 2020. Check our website for entry details. Good luck.

Music Video Trophy
Company of the Year Trophy

What is it about a Music Video?

A Word from our Jury President, Vaughan Arnell


I love music videos and I am so proud to be part of such a creative industry. They have been my life and undying passion. From the early years working with Dead Or Alive (You Spin Me Round) and more recently with the likes of Sam Smith and Normani, I have been lucky enough to collaborate with some great artists.  Robbie Williams and I have been making videos together for the last 25 years and they have been some of the best experiences of my career. Thanks Rob.

Music videos have been around longer than most people think. Artists were making films to individual songs since the late 1930’s but it was the introduction of MTV that created the real explosion of the music video as we know it today. I was a runner around the same time as MTV hit our screens. It was like watching tv from another planet and I loved it.

My parents couldn’t afford cable tv and the only place I could ....

....... view those mini epics was in a pub called The Nelly Dean in Dean Street Soho. The VHS quality MTV shows were projected through a smoke-filled room onto a grey, out of focus screen. I would watch the same loop night after night researching all the crew members of my fav videos. My dream was to be part of that new movement and one day direct my own music videos.


A lot has changed since those days, the one thing that has never changed is the constant stream of ground-breaking creativity. Music videos have influenced every level of our culture, from feature films to commercials. The explosive visual genre has stamped its mark on every corner of our life.


Music videos should be treasured. Each one has become a mini time capsule capturing the music, fashion and social history of a certain moment in time. Almost month by month they have been recording and collating our culture in every small detail. We can see how people dressed, where they lived, how they moved, the politics, the passions, the phones, the sneakers!!


The list is endless. A perfect timeline of our social history.


That’s enough of the past. What about now and the future? There are so many exciting directors from across the globe creating the most beautiful visuals. Diverse storytellers who want to make their mark. This diversity should be championed and supported every step of the way. From cast, to crew, a collaboration of different minds is how we make great work.


Music videos have become an all inspiring art form that never fails to excite me. Let’s celebrate these works of genius. Let’s celebrate all the great talent, the long shoot days, the sleepless nights, the arguments, the tears and the absolute joy of making a music video. There are so many people behind any one video. Teams who work through the night, all with that one goal of creating something different and fresh. They are the game changers. A labour of love that we love to do.

We are still open for MV entries, just €75.

2020 Results


First, a big thank you to everyone who took part this year.  An even bigger thank you than normal because conditions in 2020 have been far from normal. However, as you can see from all the Golds, Silvers and Bronzes, award winning work is still being created so it's more important than ever for that to be acknowledged.  


Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to those who have a Shark to show for it.  Special thanks too to those who took the time and trouble to come to the Groucho Club to serve as judges.  Their participation ensured that each piece of work was considered and discussed by true creative experts.


We're cautiously optimistic about being back in Kinsale next year but incautiously optimistic about the superb standard of entries we'll see in 2021.


Agency:  Common Curiosity


Client:  Sculpt 


Agency:  Droga5 London

Production Co:  Biscuit Filmworks


Client:  Setapp


Electric Theatre Collective


With 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze Awards + 2 Shortlisted