ireland's young filmmaker of the year
Fresh International Film Festival 2023

27 March - 1 April

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Fresh Film iNspiring, Nurturing and celebrating excellence in young people's filmmaking

Fresh Film runs programmes throughout the year under four headings;  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

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."
"Fresh Film is a superb help to me as I embark on what is a new journey/module for TY"
Secondary Teacher
"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."
Young Filmmaker

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

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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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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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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There are only three days left to submit your entry to Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year!

We ask you all to kindly get them in as soon as possible, and if you have any last minute queries to get in touch right away 🎬


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

The secret is out! 🤫

We are SO excited to tell you all that @rtekids will be bringing the Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards to the nation for a second year running! 📺

Fresh is gearing up for it’s biggest celebration of young people’s film yet, and we can’t wait to see you all at the festival 🎬 🎥

You know what to do… Entries close next Friday, February 3! ⏰

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

🎥 Fresh Film ‘In Focus’ Series 🎥

In association with @artscouncilireland and @screenireland, we are delighted to bring you a series of Q&A expert interviews dissecting different roles on set!

Next up, @conor.dennison discusses his work as an Production Designer 🛠

“I love making movies, telling stories, and being part of that process.” 🎞

#freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #filmmaking #film #artscouncilireland #infocus

🏆 2023 AWARDS 🏆

We're SO excited to announce that we have partnered up with @take2talentmanagement to bring a brand new specialist award to this year's competition… Best Performance! 🎭

The winner will recieve the following incredible prize:
▪️ 6 months of 1:1 coaching & mentorship (one class per week)
▪️ Sponsorship of one-year of membership
▪️ Headshots with @tomekbogut

With our new extended deadline for entries (February 3), there's still plenty of time to get your film in the running!

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


We’ve got some great news! Due to the huge amount of interest expressed in this year’s competition, we have decided to extend the deadline for entries to Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year to February 3! 🎬

Yes, you read that correctly! So use the time wisely… make those final adjustments and edits, and get your film to us as soon as possible! ⏰

@artscouncilireland @screenireland @rtekids #FreshFilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #irelandsyoungfilmmakeroftheyear

2023 could be the year your dreams become reality! 💭

Submit a film to Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year now at the link in our bio 🎬

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

It's time… ⏰

Entries to Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023 will close in just FIVE DAYS, so it’s definitely time to start filling out your submission forms! 📝 🎬

Find everything you need at the ‘Submissions’ page on our website via the link in our bio 🔗

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

An amazing night for the Irish at the 2023 @goldenglobes! 🏆☘️

Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin won Best Screenplay and Best Film (Comedy or Musical), while Colin Farrell’s performance won him the Best Actor (Comedy or Musical) gong! 👏

Dream big, folks! 💭🎬

@banshees_movie #thebansheesofinisherin #goldenglobes #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking

Listen in at 10.45 today as Festival Director Jayne talks all things Irelands Young Filmmaker with @alisontodayfm #freshfilm #irelandsyoungfilmmakeroftheyear #getyourfilmsinnow #youthfilmfestival #youngfilmmakers

🎥 Fresh Film ‘In Focus’ Series 🎥

In association with @artscouncilireland and @screenireland, we are delighted to bring you a series of Q&A expert interviews dissecting different roles on set! 🎬

Next up, Deirdre Barry @avalonfilmsirl discusses her work as an Animation Producer 🎵

#freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #filmmaking #film #artscouncilireland #infocus

It’s safe to say that 2022 has been an incredible year for Fresh Film! 🎬✨

Here’s to an even better 2023 filled with talent, film and opportunity! 🍿🤩💭

@artscouncilireland @screenireland #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking #2023

Did you know there are only three weeks left to submit a film to Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023? ⏰

Get the lowdown on submitting your work at the link in our bio 🔗

@artscouncil_ie @ScreenIreland #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #film #filmmaking

The Fresh Film ‘In Focus’ series is back! 🎥

In association with @artscouncilireland and @screenireland, we are delighted to bring you a series of Q&A expert interviews dissecting different roles on set! 🎬

First up, @chrisledwidge discusses his work as a music composer in film 🎵

#freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #filmmaking #film #artscouncilireland

Come with us to the screening of our five 2022 Hothouse films at @stellacinemas in Dublin! 🍿

@artscouncilireland @screenireland @rtekids @jonnerfella @lauradev.mp4 @aoiferees @kinkladzefilms @muirinncarty #artscouncilat70 #screenireland #freshfilm #freshinternationalfilmfestival #filmmaking #film #hothouse

With six weeks left to submit your films to Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023, you might be starting to think about the finer details, such as ‘How do I create emotion in my film?’ 🤔🎬

Well, you’re in luck! Back in 2020, Oisin McKeogh talked through the process he follows in his own films, particularly ‘Midsummer Beauty’, which saw him take second place at the awards that very year! 🍿🏆

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

🎬 Fresh Film Festival Alumni Series 🎬

The next instalment of our Alumni interview series features Adam Howe from Cork, who entered Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year several times as a teenager and scored two third place finishes in 2015 and 2016!

Adam’s time with Fresh also saw him fly off to Denmark to take part in TheNextFilmFestival, Odense! 🇩🇰

Since finishing film school in London, Adam has been busy releasing his own projects as well as working on others, such as the ITV series ‘Holding’ based on @grahnort’s novel of the same name! 💪🎥

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

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