Sharks early bird offer ends Friday


The early bird offer of €395 for full delegates attending this year’s Sharks festival in Kinsale ends this Friday at which point the price reverts to €425. The package allows full access to all events and accommodation throughout the three-day festival which starts on Thursday, September 22. The Thursday gets underway with short film and music video screenings.

The Friday sees the Creative Social speakers take to the stage, followed by the festival club. On the Saturday, there’s New Directors, more Creative Social speakers, the advertising creative and media awards show, dinner and after party. The organisers reversed a decision to split the creative festival by hosting the awards show in Dublin for the first time.

Following discussions with jurors, it was agreed that it would be better if this year’s entire festival – including the entry screenings and workshops – should all be held in Kinsale, with the awards show in Actons Hotel. Festival chairman Peter Brady (pictured) of Windmill Lane Studios said while the organisers believed they had good reasons to take the Sharks Awards ceremony to Dublin, further research revealed a high degree of popularity and affection for the Saturday night awards show in Kinsale and that prompted them to review their decision.

“The result – we’re more than happy to have taken this feedback on board and leave the awards ceremony in its rightful place in Kinsale,” Brady said.  This year, Wieden + Kennedy global executive chairman Susan Hoffman takes over from British ad legend, John Hegarty, co-founder of Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), as the jury panel’s honorary president. is the Sharks media partner.










We have 2 distinct Delegate Packages for you to choose from.

Short Film & Music Video Only – Thursday 22nd September


Early Bird prices are still available on “Full Delegate Packages” until Friday August 12th €395.00 + VAT





The Sharks are open for entries via our website where you will find we have fine-tuned some of the Categories to make it a little easier for you to enter your work.
This includes re-defining some of the Advertising Categories to take into account the ever changing shape of the various sectors in our business today.



We haven’t lost sight of the need for an International Festival that is relevant to Creative people and the great work they produce. We tend to leave the technology bit and not get too tied up with terms such as ‘Platforms’ ‘Big Data’ etc etc. To this end we have broadened the range of Craft Skills to celebrate the importance of those creative people who contribute so much to the effectiveness of communication. This includes new categories for Writer, Humour, Performer & Colour Grading. Music and Sound sections have also been extended.


We have also introduced a new award in The Short Film & Music Video sections for the “Best Short Film under 5mins” to mirror our passion for the shorter time length.





Kinsale presents a great opportunity to become a Partner via our sponsorship programme.
We can help your Brand engage with potential new clients.
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