A fresh opportunity for young filmmakers

By Bernie English [email protected]

Budding Tarrantinos are reminded that Friday, January 24 is the closing date for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year competition, to be held in conjunction with the Fresh Film Festival in Limerick next March.

The Fresh festival encourages young people to make films by hosting the annual Fresh International Film Film Festival which incorporates the Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards.

The festival takes place in Limerick from March 23 to 28 and is open to young people from 7 to 18 years of age.

The festival provides an opportunity for young filmmakers to see their work on the big screen and compete for the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year with a prize of €1000 towards their next film.

All submissions are also considered for a range of specialist awards including the Radharc Trust Award for documentaries, the Animation Award, the RTÉ 60 Second Award, the Film in the Irish Language Award, in addition to the international and audience awards.

The festival has Junior (7-12 years), Senior (12-18 years) and International categories for individual and group projects. Young filmmakers can enter as independents, as part of their school or in a group.

The Senior and Junior finalists’ films will be screened during the six day festival with the award winners announced at the final screenings on March 25 and 26, 2020.

Fresh Film runs a number of initiatives under strand headings. The Fresh Production strand features the ‘Fresh Blood’ horror film workshop, the ‘Hothouse’ programme and the ‘Fresh Film Squad’.

Under its Fresh Education strand it devises film programmes for the classroom. As part of its Fresh International strand, it distributes Irish films made by young people to festivals all over the world.

Further details and application forms can be found at www.freshfilmfestival.com.

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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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