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

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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, 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.

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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