The Shark Awards Kinsale have opened for entries for the 2019 season.

The Advertising Awards, Design, Short Film and Music Video can be entered here, with the deadline on September 2nd. 

With a passionate focus on craft, the festival has added new categories for this awards season. Prominent design writer and consultant Lynda Relph-Knight will oversee the design category which is newly expanded to reward design craft. 

Recognising the importance of innovative technology within our creative landscape, is the brand-new Immersive category which will award emerging and innovative tech ideas in AR, VR and experiential campaigns. 

This is also the first time that Animation has its own category looking at the craft of direction specifically to animation, design, character design and animation VFX.

The jury so far is comprised of an international cast of the top creative minds from Uncommon, Droga5, McCann, Grey, Serviceplan, Smuggler, We Are Pi, MPC, RiffRaff, The Chase, Rothco, MassiveMusic, ZuluAlpaKilo, BETC, Javelin, Great Guns and ThomasThomas from Dublin, New York, London, Munich, Amsterdam, Paris, Toronto. 

There are also changes to the Festival format, which is held in the picturesque town of Kinsale, now focusing on four individual days for Short Films, Design, Music Videos, Advertising. The festival speaking programme is to be announced soon.

Festival Director Aisling White commented” “We’re all aware that this world of advertising and brand communications has become multi-faceted, with brands trying to engage with their audiences on a variety of platforms and channels.  That coupled with the increasing importance of craft, is why we’ve worked hard to make sure the new categories at the Shark Awards this year reflects that”. 

Jury president Mark Denton will ensure the usual high standard is maintained throughout the judging process.