A fresh opportunity for young filmmakers

By Bernie English bernie@limerickpost.ie

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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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.

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