Record entry for young filmmaker competition

Preparations getting under way for the Fresh International Film Festival. Photo: Dermot Culhane. By Cian Reinhardt [email protected]

More than 1,700 entries have been received for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2020, the most amount of submissions received in the festival’s 24-year history.

The Fresh screening panel has now viewed all submissions and has selected films by young filmmakers from Limerick to screen at the Regional Heat in the Belltable Arts Centre on Friday, March 6.

Shortlisted films for the final will be announced at the end of each regional heat and will be screened at Fresh International Film Festival 2020 in Limerick from March 23 to 28 and Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards will be presented on March 25 and 26 during the festival, at the Odeon Cinema in Castletroy.

Other highlights include feature screenings and workshops, including a Careers in Screen interactive audience-led event which aims to highlight the wide variety of career paths available in film and television; providing an instructive, educational and inspirational platform for participants.

Event Director Jayne Foleysaid the festival is about “encouraging young people to tell their stories through film”.

“This year we received more than 1,700 films made by young people, films that tell stories and reflect the lives of all these different cultures. This is so exciting.”

The regional heats are also taking place for Dublin, Cork, and Galway and all these screenings are open to the public, but space is very limited, so advance booking through the Fresh International Film Festival is essential at (061) 319555 or email [email protected]

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Hothouse

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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