ireland's young filmmaker of the year
2023
2022 Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners in the three categories Junior winners  Ireland’s Junior Young Filmmaker of the Year 2022: ​​Lucy and Ruby Hand with LYCS Youth Work Programme James Joyce Street, Dublin– The Litter Picker. 2nd Place: Aaliyah McDermott, Dublin
Dublin –  The Boy Under the Bedr?! 3rd Place: 6th Class Scoil San Phroinsias, Galway
– The Appliances Make a Stand. Senior Winners – Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year Sean Treacy for The Least I Can Do […]

Fresh International Film Festival 2023

28 March - 1 April

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Fresh Film encourages young Filmmakers and Empowers them as artists

Fresh Film runs programmes throughout the year under five headings; Fresh Events, Fresh Education, Fresh International, Fresh Production and Fresh International Film Festival featuring Ireland’s Young Filmmaker Awards. 

Fresh Film encourages young people to make films and empowers them as artists.

Make. Watch. Share. Inspire

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Celebrating Young film makers

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Hothouse Programme
"I liked the process of giving drafts of scripts or cuts of the edit to a “funder” for feedback. Having a budget was also a great help and allowed me to increase the production value of the film compared to other films I’ve made before, and helped me to develop budgeting skills and think more clearly about how money is spent during production of a film."
Cruinniú na nÓg Programme
"I love all aspects of the film experience. Particularly the practical skills that we developed such as using cameras, mics, lighting and editing. Also the social aspect of collaborating with like minded young people."
Festival
"Fresh Film is a superb help to me as I embark on what is a new journey/module for TY"
Secondary Teacher
Festival
"We thoroughly enjoyed the workshop... Events like this are a real treat for the children and a great learning experience."
Primary Teacher
Young Filmmakers Day
"What I found very interesting was how every masterclass was done different to the other, and how I learned things I didn't know before."
Young Filmmaker
Young Filmmakers Day
"The day was very insightful and informative so thank you again."
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Engaging film programmes

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Work with Fresh Film

As we plan for our next festival and activities for 2023 we are seeking new talent and experience to support and celebrate young filmmakers. Check here for more information about roles and opportunities with Fresh Film. Keep an eye on social media for updates.
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Annual Showcase @ Irish Film Institute

How would you start to make a film? How do you get ideas? Free Screening of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2022 awarded films with tips from the young filmmakers themselves. Supported by the Arts Council
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Fresh Blood

The night is growing longer, it must be time for Fresh Blood! This year’s filmmaking workshop took place in Limerick during the October mid-term break. Keep an eye on social media for updates.
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Hothouse

The Hothouse Project at Fresh with RTÉ and Screen Ireland responds to the needs of advanced and award winning young filmmakers who work alone or in isolation and it aims to provide an intensive filmmaking experience. This programme is designed to challenge and advance film knowledge and skill. In the past Lance Daly, Dearbhla Walsh, Donal Foreman, John Butler, Sarah Gavron, and Jim Sheridan have given masterclasses as part of this programme. The aim of the Hothouse is to support and promote the next generation of filmmakers by giving young independent makers a safe creative space in which to develop ideas and projects.
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You Judge It

Be a classroom jury Watch, Discuss, Vote We send you short film collections (40 – 45 minutes) made by 13 – 19 year old students from all over the world. Your students view and then discuss the films before deciding on their winner.
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IN FOCUS

Are you thinking of working in film but are unsure of what you can do on set? This series of short introductions to working in film is for you. Each segment highlights a role on a film crew. Keep an eye on our social media for the posts. The full programme will be available through IFI’s Careers in Screen.

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Do you have what it takes to be Ireland’s young filmmaker of the year?

Fresh International Film Festival is now accepting entries for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023! 🎬

Open to young people aged 7 to 18, with a top prize of €1,000 to go towards your next film! 🏆

Entries will close on January 20, 2023 🍿

Submit a film or find out more at the link in our bio ☝️

We can’t wait to hear from you!

@artscouncilireland @rtekids #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilireland #irelandsyoungfilmmakeroftheyear

Our Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year 2022 Showcase went down a treat at the @irishfilminstitute in Dublin today! 🍿

The showcase featured a selection of this year's Ireland's Young Filmmaker-winning films, as well as a Q&A session with some of last year's amazing winners and special guest Marc Corrigan! 🗣

We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

@artscouncilireland #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #irishfilminstitute

Last chance to get your tickets to the Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year 2022 Showcase at @irishfilminstitute, Dublin next Tuesday, November 29!

The showcase will feature a selection of this year's Ireland's Young Filmmaker-winning films and is suitable for those over the age of 14. During the event, attendees will also have the chance to hear from the winning filmmakers and participate in a Q&A session! 🗣

Admission is FREE and tickets are available at the link in our bio! ⬆

@artscouncilireland #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #artscouncilat70

The year is fast drawing to a close, and that means only one thing – the deadline for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023 (January 20) is getting ever closer! ⏰

If you’re struggling for inspiration, don’t fret! Back in 2020, Cal O’Driscoll shared his thoughts on ‘Making A Great Film With What’s Around You’ when stuck in a rut 🤔

Cal went on to win IYFY that year with his film ‘Pirates’, so his advice is definitely worth taking! 🍿

@artscouncilireland #FreshFilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilat70

Is your class planning to submit a film to Ireland’s Junior Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023? 🤔

Take five minutes away from your planning, filming or editing and get some inspo from last year’s films instead! 🍿

@artscouncilireland #FreshFilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilat70

Are your class thinking of entering Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023, or maybe just love to watch films made by talented young filmmakers? 🎥

Our annual Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year IFI Showcase takes place on Tuesday, November 29 from 1:30 – 3:00 at the @irishfilminstitute, Dublin! 🍿

The showcase features a selection of 2022 Ireland's Young Filmmaker-winning films, and is suitable for students over the age of 14. During the event, attendees will also have the chance to hear from the winning filmmakers and participate in a Q&A session! 🗣

Admission is FREE and tickets are available at the link in our bio! ⬆

@artscouncilireland #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilat70 #irishfilminstitute

📣 WE'RE HIRING! 📣

Fresh International Film Festival is looking for an Events Coordinator!

Working with the Fresh Film team, the Events Coordinator manages and organises festival events, and manages aspects such as print and design, venues and team management for screenings and workshops 🎬

Think you or someone you know may be interested? Find out more at the link in our bio! 💼

@artscouncilireland #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #jobfairy #hiring #eventcoordinator

Day one of our Fresh Blood horror filmmaking workshop went off frighteningly well at the wonderful @taithouse on Wednesday! 🙀 🎥

@artscouncilireland #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilat70

🎬 Fresh Film Festival Alumni Series 🎬

The second instalment of our new Alumni interview series features Molly Hoque from Kildare, who has won two Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year awards over the years, including Best Group in 2020 with ‘Witch Hunt’!

Molly also directed the promotional film for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2022! ✨

Now in her final year of film school in the UK, Molly credits her Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year success with giving her the confidence to purse a career in film 💪🎬

@mollyhoque @bournemouthfilmschool @artscouncilireland #FreshFilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilat70 #alumni #freshalumni

Witching you all a terrifying but all-around Happy Halloween! 🎃🕸🧛🏻‍♂️

@artscouncilireland #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilat70 #halloween

🤯 WOW! 🤯

We want to say a massive congratulations to Fresh alumni @maxhendricksonn and @seantreacyfilm who have swept up at @hsfilmfest in Times Square, New York! 🏆🇺🇸

Sean won Best Director with his Ireland’s Young Filmmaker-winning film ‘The Least I Can Do’, while Max won Best Animation for ‘The Oubliette’ 🎬💪

Two great role models for the young filmmakers of tomorrow 💭👏

@artscouncilireland #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilat70 #hsfilmfest

Fresh wishes alumni @seantreacyfilm and @maxhendricksonn the very best of luck as they set out on the trip of a lifetime this weekend… to the All-American High School Film Festival in New York! 🗽😲

Sean & Max’s Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2022 award-winning films, “The Least I Can Do” and “The Oubliette”, will be screened at a theatre in Times Square this Saturday and Sunday! 🇺🇸

Congratulations on this huge achievement guys, and enjoy every moment! 🍿

@artscouncilireland @rtekids @hsfilmfest #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilat70

🎬 Do you have what it takes to be Ireland’s young filmmaker of the year? 🎬

We are now accepting entries for the 2023 junior and senior Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year competition! Films will be accepted until January 20, 2023 🍿

Open to young people aged 7-18 years, with a top prize of €1,000 to go towards your next film! 🏆

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Submit a film or find out more at the link in our bio ☝️

@artscouncilireland @rtekids #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilat70 #irelandsyoungfilmmakeroftheyear

Thing's are getting VERY exciting here at Fresh HQ 😁🥁

Entry forms for Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023 have arrived and are already on their way across the country! 🍿

Schools, groups, past entrants, education centres and arts offices will all be recieving these gorgeous forms, designed by @alemercadodraws! 🖌

@artscouncilireland @rtekids #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilat70 #rtekids

🎉 IT’S FINALLY HERE! 🎉

We have officially opened our Call for Entries for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023 😍🎬

The time has come for you all to start planning your masterpieces 🍿

Submit a film (or find out all you need to know about doing so) at the link in our bio!

@artscouncilireland #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilat70

🎬 Fresh Film Festival Alumni Series 🎬

The first instalment of our new Alumni interview series features Nick Sheridan from Wexford, who won Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year in 2009 with ‘The Grim Trials of Vida Novac’!

The powerful short film followed a mother and son arriving in Ireland as they dealt with racism, poverty and illness 🎞

Fast forward to 2022, and @nicklessheridn is an award-winning journalist, television presenter and author! ✨

@artscouncilireland #FreshFilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilat70 #alumni #freshalumni

It’s officially spooky season! 🎃

Fresh Blood is back with a bang this November 2 & 3 at Tait House, Limerick City!🩸

Our horror filmmaking workshop will feature two days of script writing, discussion, shooting and editing! 🎥

If you fancy taking a bite out of the horror film world and having a go yourself, stay tuned for more info over the coming weeks! 🦷👹

@taithouse @artscouncilireland #freshblood #FreshFilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #artscouncilat70