Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Limerick regional heats

Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Limerick regional heats takes place at the Belltable Arts Centre this Friday, March 6. PICTURE: DERMOT CULHANE

FRESH International Film Festival, incorporating Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the

Year Awards, has received over 1,770 submissions for this year’s festival, the highest number of submissions in the festival’s 24-year history. The Fresh Screening

panel has viewed all submissions and has selected films by young filmmakers from Munster to screen at theLimerick regional heats 2020 in the Belltable Arts Centre this Friday,March 6 from 10am. The regional heats are also taking place all this

week in Leinster,Dublin, Cork, and Galway and are open to the public.The shortlist for the Limerick regional heats will be announced at each regional heat and screened at the Festival in Limerick from March 23 to 28. Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of theYear Awards will be presented on March 25 and 26 during the Festival, at the Odeon, Castletroy with special guest of honour Demi Isaac Oviawe from RTEs hit show Young Offenders. The Festival encourages children, aged 7 to18 years old in Ireland and overseas, to create, exhibit and share films. It gives young filmmakers a chance to show their work on the big screen and compete for the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of theYear. All films submitted are considered for a range of Specialist Awards including theRadharc Trust Award (documentary), the Boulder

Media Animation Award, the RTE 60 Second Short Film Award and the RTE Factual

Award, in addition to the International and Audience awards. The Festival has Junior, Senior and International categories for individual and group projects. Films must be original and can be up to 15 minutes duration for Seniors or 10 minutes for Juniors. Foley, Fresh International Film Festival Director tells me, “Fresh International Film Festival is all about encouraging young people to tell their stories through film. Fresh is an international event and we are now seeing films made by young people from Iran, China, the USA, Korea and all over Europe.This year we received over 1,700 films made by young people, films that tell stories and reflect the lives of all these different cultures. This is so exciting.”

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