Record entry for young filmmaker competition

Preparations getting under way for the Fresh International Film Festival. Photo: Dermot Culhane. By Cian Reinhardt cian@limerickpost.ie

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 info@freshfilmfestival.com

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