Anti-Cannes sentiment drives Ireland’s Kinsale Awards

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CORK, IRELAND, Today: The organisers of the Kinsale Shark Awards have announced a call for entries, throwing down the glove to the undisputed creative awards market leader, the Cannes Lions.

UK-based Shark Awards PR agent Zoe Brooks told M+AD: “With quite a strong anti-Cannes sentiment here in Europe (too expensive, too broad etc), Kinsale has really grown in popularity these past few years.

“Whilst they will always be small, intimate, personal and friendly, they do want to expand their reach to be more international.

The deadline to enter is Monday 2 September.

“Unlike Cannes – no jurors from New Zealand.”

The jury so far has a very Northern Hemisphere look, with a cast of 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.

But – unlike Cannes – no jurors from New Zealand.

About Kinsale
The Kinsale Shark Awards celebrates Irish and International creativity whilst encouraging new fresh approaches to advertising and media. 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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