This is at first glance a simple brief, but it’s one that will require a LOT of imagination if you’re to win our competition and claim the £1000 prize.

So here’s what’s required..

We’re looking for a short script that tells a story that revolves around (or involves at it’s core) one egg.

One egg in ANY situation.

Any type of egg you like - hen, ostrich, unfertilised, Faberge, Pterodactyl, fried, thrown, smuggled, stolen..

As long your story revolves around an egg of some sort and exhibits humour or drama or horror or romance or.. (nb: up to you entirely, but imagination is a must) you’ll be in with a chance.

Your story/script should be anything between a minute (minimum) to five minutes long (max).

Obviously a few seconds over five mins won’t matter, but if you submit what looks like War And Peace, it won’t be judged.

And that’s it - a simple yet challenging brief and one we hope you’ll enjoy cracking (sorry).

Good luck!

The Sharks.

Cash Prize of £1000 and, of course a revered Shark Head Trophy.

1. Open to entries worldwide written in English language only.
2. We close for entries on 30th November 2022.
3. The Script must be your original creative work, and you warrant that you are the sole creator. Writing teams are accepted.
4. You agree we may publish the synopsis of the winning script. You retain all rights to the Script itself and any other creative materials submitted to the Competition.
5. You agree that your submission will not infringe, misappropriate or violate the intellectual property, privacy or other rights of any third party.
6. You are solely responsible for protecting your intellectual property rights in the Script.
7. The script must not have been previously produced into a movie before the winner is announced.
8. Participation in the competition constitutes permission to use the winners name and photograph on our website and in promotional material.
9. We will publish a shortlist of Finalists, prior to announcing the winner, here on our website and in social media.
10. The team at The Shark Awards (writers and producers) will sift the entries to create a manageable list for our judge to review.
11. This is a free to enter competition, therefore you agree there is no contract entered into, implied or otherwise.
12. You accept that the decisions made by the staff and judges are their personal subjective opinions and for reasons of confidentiality we do not provide further comment on individual entries.
13. We reserve the right to revoke/disqualify any entry or award for a breach of these rules.


The Film Title should sit in the header at top of page.
No credits should appear on page.
The 500 word synopsis should sit immediately under the Film Title.
The script should follow.
You may include a treatment or storyboard if you so wish.


Please note that the brief is for a '5 minutes or less' Short Film, not Heaven's Gate! Entries should be written as succinctly as possible. The judge will principally be looking for an idea that can be compellingly expressed in a 5 minute time-length. This should be clear from the synopsis. It is quite likely that any entry that clearly fails this first objective will be discarded from further reading. Once the 5 minute rule has been established the script and treatment will help visualise the execution into moving image. Think 5 minutes, less is more!

Overall Rating
  • Ernest Dempsey

    It was an enjoyable writing contest with an interesting prompt. My short script ended up as a finalist. The contest was free to enter - which is a great incentive. Will love to participate again.

    March 2023
  • Declan Lynch

    Great festival in the picturesque town of Kinsale, Ireland. Top quality Q&A's and speakers. Thoroughly recommend.

    October 2016