2021 Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners in the three categories

Junior winners 

Ireland’s Junior Young Filmmaker of the Year 2021: Behy National School, Mayo – The Heist Before Christmas

2nd Place: James Morgan, Dublin –  What to Wear?!

3rd Place: Corpus Christi Primary School, Limerick – High Hopes

HC Original Song: Cappabue National School, Cork – We Create Magic

HC Creativity: Scoil Naomh, Kerry – School Around the Corner

HC Music: The Mid – West School for the Deaf, Limerick – The Lonely Traveller

Best International Junior: Escuela, Cámara jAcción!, Argentina –The Eco Battle.

Special Mention RTÉ 60 Second: Sean Fitzgerald, Dublin – Haunted House

Special Mention RTÉ Factual: Nellie Fortune, Wexford – Brigid and Chubby

Online Views: Scoil Raifteirí, Mayo – No Ciníochas!

Senior Winners

Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2021: Ella Nethercott, Dublin – Learning to Dance Like a Bird

2nd Place: Max Hendrickson, Dublin – Wendigo

3rd Place: Aoife Rees, Wexford – A Guide to The End of the World

Best School: Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School, Antrim – Alamid 

Best Group: Kildare Young Filmmakers, Kildare – The Inspector

HC for Directing: Muirinn Carty, Wexford – Taciturn

HC for Cinematography: Sean Treacy, Wicklow – Horizons

HC for Performance: Shane Joyce, Limerick – Coffee Break

HC for Comedy: Asha Murray Bennett, Clare – Toothbrush 

HC for Storytelling: Nellie Warren, Dublin – Buachaill

RTÉ 60 Second: Liam Murphy, Cork –URB

RTÉ Factual: Ashish Prasai, Dublin – Stellar

Cartoon Saloon Animation: Nellie Warren, Dublin – Buachaill

Special Mention: TY Scariff Community College, Clare – How to Get Away with Mooder

Special Mention: Lisette Kinahan, Alexandra College, Dublin – Vissi d’Arte

Special Mention: Young Filmmakers The Loft, Schull, Cork –We Are All Human

Audience Award: Emily Reilly, Loreto Secondary School, Wexford – The Essay

Online Views: Young Filmmakers The Loft, Schull, Cork –We Are All Human

International Awards

Best International Film: Alisha Heng, USA – Through Their Eyes

2nd Place:  Robert Nelson, Noah Keckler, USA – Ferdinand Avenue

3rd Place: Ava Ghahremanifar, Iran – The Gull’s Shriek

HC Cinematography: Rasmus Henriksen, Paen Productions, Denmark – Epikur

HC Film made in Lockdown: Gabriella Hsu, USA – ValiDate

Animation: Valiantsina Tsedzik, Anastasia Rodionova, Russia – Good Boy, Froggy Fairy

Documentary: Mark Giddel Liwanag, Philippines – The Boats that Sail Backwards

Special Mention

Heat Audience Awards

2nd year, Áine Doohan, Áioibhe Gallagher, Aoife Doyle, Pobalscoil Chlioch, Cheannfhaola, Donegal  – MessAGE 

Ciara Brady, Sacred Heart Secondary School, Cork – Covid Rose of Tralee

Max Hendrickson, Dublin – Wendigo

Jonathan Edgar, Southern Regional College, Down – Alexa’s Awakening

Nevaeh Doyle, Leon Dunne, Big Scream Community Halloween Festival, Dublin – Last Call

Colm Looney, Kenmare Youth Film, Kerry – CheckmateDonagh Walsh, Louis Martin, Dublin – Passionate Recollections

Don’t Stop Here

More To Explore

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.

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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