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Kinsale Sharks 2018 Awards Open for Entries and Nils Leonard to Headline Festival Speaking Programme

08 May 2018

The 2018 Kinsale Shark Awards are now open for entries!

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From today, the Advertising Awards, Short Film and Music Video can be entered here, and the deadline is 7th September.

New awards for this year include Best Production Company, Best Post Production Company, Best Sound Design Company, Best Music Production Company and Best Design Agency.

So far, jury members will come from London agencies AMV, VCCP, Lucky Generals, Anomaly and Mother, London Edit House Cut+Run, London Production Company Mad Ruffian, Droga5 New York, French Interactive Production company, makemepulse and Irish Creative agency, Boys & Girls. Also chairing the Short Film jury is Editor of Directors notes, MarBelle. Confirmed list below.

The speaking programme is headlined by accomplished industry heavyweights, Uncommon Founder Nils Leonard, and Neil Dawson, with further announcements to come.

There are also changes to the Festival format, which is held in the picturesque town of Kinsale, Ireland from the 26th – 29th September. The traditional award ceremonies have been merged into a bigger, less formal evening event with award winners able to collect their iconic shark head award separately. There is just one festival pass on sale which allows entry to all talks and evening events over the entire festival. There’s a special early bird rate available until 22nd June.

Festival Director Aisling White said: “We have done a lot of listening and are delighted to announce a new shape to the festival to include everyone. This year we are more focused on inspiring talks and social events, and we have some pretty special events planned. The format change has enabled a major reduction in the price of festival passes and I am super excited for our 56th Festival.”

AMV’s Creative Partner, Rosie Arnold takes on the role of jury president, a role which ensures the usual high standard is maintained throughout the judging process. She is also responsible for helping to award the Grand Prix, Best Integrated Campaign and Creative Bravery.

Current jury members include (more to be announced):

Rosie Arnold – AMV, London

Amanda Jones – Mad Ruffian, London

Julien Rault – makemepulse, Paris

James Rose – Cut+Run, London

Ruben Mercadal – Droga5, New York

Shane Casey – Boys & Girls, Dublin

Kerry Roper – Anomaly, London

Matt Craigie – Mother, London

Olly Calverly – VCCP, London

Joe Bagnall – Lucky Generals, London

MarBelle – Directors Notes

About Kinsale

The Kinsale Shark Awards celebrates Irish and International creativity whilst encouraging new fresh approaches to advertising and media. Now in its 56th year, the awards attract entries from top agencies across all continents reaching as far as Dubai, Indonesia, New York, Sydney, Cape Town, Moscow and Lebanon. The festival is held in the beautiful harbour town of Kinsale in Cork and every year the event guarantees world-class speakers to inspire those who travel to Ireland, as well as Ireland’s own advertising leaders and industry creatives.

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