Ireland's young filmmaker of the Year, Regional Finals 2024
Fresh International Film Festival 2024 Dates

15 - 20 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



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, Robbie Ryan 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. The films will launch at the Dublin International Film Festival on Friday 1st March 2024 and will be screened on RTÉ Player thereafter.
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Fresh Film announce partnership with Omniplex Cinema Group

Fresh Film announce partnership with Omniplex Cinema Group, bringing the superb work of young Irish and international filmmakers to cinema screens across Ireland in April.
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Fresh Screens

Films go live on 1st March Fresh is delighted to work with RTÉ, Ireland’s National Broadcaster, to present a collection of award winning and mentored films to wider audiences. The 8 films are produced by young filmmakers. Visit RTÉ Player to see the films.
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Annual Showcase 23 @ 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 2023 awarded films with tips from the young filmmakers themselves. Supported by the Arts Council
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Cruinniú na nÓg | Limerick 10th June

Cruinniú na nÓg is Creative Ireland’s flagship event in celebrating creativity in children and young people accross Ireland. Fresh Film is delighted to work with Limerick City and County Council and the Arts Office to programme Crunniú na nÓg Limerick on 10th June 2023.
You Judge it

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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🌟 We’re thrilled to have supported @generationfleadh this week with our incredible IYFTY-nominated and winning films featured in their Generation Shorts and Gearrscannáin programmes this week. 🎬 Huge congratulations to Malachaí, Coláiste Éinde Jamie, Ella, Michael, Erin, Georgina, Conor, Coláiste Baile an Chláir, Maria, Avondale Community College, and fantastic tutors Marc and Vinny! 👏 Your talent and creativity shine brightly. 🌈✨
🎥🍿 Fresh is all about inspiring, nurturing, and celebrating excellence in young people’s filmmaking. 🎞️👧🏽👦🏻 #FilmFestival #YoungTalent #Inspiration #Congratulations #GenerationShorts #Gearrscannáin #IYFTY #YouthFilmmaking #ProudSupporter

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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 this year’s Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2024!

Open Internationally 🌎 to young people aged 7 to 18, with a top prize of €1’000 towards your next film production 🎬

We’re eagerly anticipating the incredible stories that young filmmakers, like you, bring to our festival. ⭐️ Submit your film now or find more info at our link in bio!

Entries will close January 19th, 2024

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Throwback Thursday to some of the incredible film posters from last year. 🎬✨ #TBT #FilmPosters #Memories”

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Massive congratulations to Fresh alumni and Hothouse mentor @nellehensey 🎉🌟 Her RTE Storyland drama premiered last night on @rte2, and it’s a must-watch. 📺✨ Catch it on @rteplayer for some amazing storytelling. 🎥 #RTEStoryland #NewDrama #TalentSpotlight #freshfilm #youngfilmmakers #fresh alumni

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📽️Are you in the process of making your film for next years Fresh Awards? Send us a direct message and let us know. We will follow up with you asap! 🎬#iyftys24 #IrelandsYoungFilmmaker #freshfilm
#YoungFilmmakerOfTheYear #IrishFilmTalent
#YouthFilmmakers #EmergingFilmmakers
#FilmContest #YouthInFilm #IrishCinema
#FilmCompetition #freshinternationalfilmfestival
#YoungCreatives #ShortFilmCompetition
#FilmAwards #NextGenerationFilmmakers #YouthFilmFest #filmmakingjourney

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The Fresh Team and Irelands Young Filmmakers would like to extend our thank yous to @fish_filmfestival & @vbu.dalarna for hosting us at their festivals this year 🎥

Our Fresh alumni were delighted to attend as-well as our partners from @fourriverfilmfestival 🇭🇷 and @camerazizanio 🇬🇷

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It's official we are accepting submissions for Ireland's Young Filmmaker 2024. Visit

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