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

Annual Showcase

How would you start to make a film? How do you get ideas? Watch the award winning films from Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2021 and hear tips and thoughts from the young filmmakers themselves. Hosted by Clare Dunne, this  45 minute showcase is a great way to get ideas for your next film. Available here
Our thanks to the young filmmakers, the leader, the Arts Council and the IFI for their support to make this programme


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.

IFI Careers in Screen

Are you aged 15 -18 and interested in a career in Film? If so, the IFI Careers in Screen is for you. For information and workshops and to check out your options see .

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