About Fresh Film

We encourage young people to make films and empower them as artists.

Founded in 1997 as the Irish School’s Video Competition, Fresh Film was originally a schools competition for secondary students. It has since grown into a year round organisation with a focus on national and international filmmakers spanning the primary and secondary age groups. ‘Fresh International Film Festival’ now includes ‘Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards `, which constitute three sections – Junior (7-12 years) – Senior (12- 18 years) – The International (7-19 years). Each section is open to individual filmmakers, schools, youth and community groups.

Fresh Film runs programmes throughout the year under five headings; Fresh Events, Fresh Education, Fresh International, Fresh Production and Fresh International Film Festival.

Meet the team

Jayne Foley

Our founder and Artistic Director, it was Jayne’s vision that brought the Fresh Film to fruition and she continues to lead the team with the same passion 25 years later.

Ciarda Tobin

From workshop leader to young filmmaker’s advocate to Manager of Fresh Film, Ciarda has been with Fresh since 2001, no one knows the filmmakers or the organisation better than Ciarda

The Panel

Fresh regularly recruits professionals for its panel of filmmakers, facilitators, event managers, support team and technicians. We vet and run induction for the panellists so that they are ready to deliver the programme and activities. If you have a skill that might be a good fit with Fresh’s programme please contact us with your expression of interest and a cv to manager@freshfilm.ie

the board members

Sean Molony (Chair)

Secondary School Art Teacher St. James CBS Dublin, who has produced a number of award winning short films with young people and has directed two short films

Suzanne Kelly (Sec.)

Group Head of Children’s & Young People’s Programming RTÉ, is an experienced Producer within the media production industry with skills and experience in Broadcasting, Video, Camera, Film, and Documentaries

Nicole Dunphy

Secondary School Art Teacher St. James CBS Dublin, who has produced a number of award winning short films with young people and has directed two short films

Alison McCloskey

Secondary School Art Teacher St. James CBS Dublin, who has produced a number of award winning short films with young people and has directed two short films

Ella Skehan

Secondary School Art Teacher St. James CBS Dublin, who has produced a number of award winning short films with young people and has directed two short films

Paudie Baggot

Secondary School Art Teacher St. James CBS Dublin, who has produced a number of award winning short films with young people and has directed two short films

Paul C. Ryan

Secondary School Art Teacher St. James CBS Dublin, who has produced a number of award winning short films with young people and has directed two short films

Amy Louise O'Callaghan

Secondary School Art Teacher St. James CBS Dublin, who has produced a number of award winning short films with young people and has directed two short films