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The countdown is on for entries to the Fresh International Film Festival and 2024 Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year



2024 Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year applications are now open – Pictured are Jayne Foley, Fresh Film Festival, Director and Maureen Kennelly, The Arts Council, Director (centre) young filmmakers , Lucy Maher (16) and Oisín Bartley (11) in front and Ella Bartley (12) with Seán Treacy Ireland’s Young Filmmaker 2022, behind. Picture: Julien Behal

Calling Ireland’s freshest filmmaking talent for the 2024 Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year

2024 Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year call for entries open
It is open Internationally to all young budding filmmakers, between 7 – 18 years of age. Picture: Dermot Culhane

Fresh International Film Festival is now accepting entries for 2024 Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year! It is open Internationally to all young budding filmmakers, between 7 – 18 years of age, encouraging young people from Ireland and overseas to create, exhibit, and share films. Comedy, horror, drama, documentary, experimental, music video, animation, all are welcome and we’re eagerly anticipating the incredible stories that young filmmakers bring to our festival! 

For almost three decades, Ireland’s Fresh International Film Festival has nurtured, mentored and platformed many of the island’s most exciting new filmmaking talent, bolstering Ireland’s emerging film, television, and digital creative sectorFrom Oscar-nominated director Vincent Lambe to All-American High School Film Festival, New York ‘Best Director’ Seán Treacy, BBC Presenter and Author Nick Sheridan, Comedian and TV personality Justine Stafford and countless more, Fresh Film alumni play myriad roles in film, television, and digital media sectors in Ireland and across the world. 

Speaking about the call for entries, Artistic Director and Fresh Founder, Jayne Foley said, “As we go into our 28th festival, the anticipation and thrill are as vibrant as ever. It’s always wonderful to see emerging young filmmakers share their unique stories and pioneering film techniques that evoke the same excitement as the very first time. This celebration captures the enduring spirit and innovation of young filmmakers, showcasing their talent and creativity at its finest”. 




Dublin student Max Hendrickson (17) was named Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023at the Fresh International Film Festival. His short animated film, The Tell-Tale Heart is a re-telling of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous short story and it scooped the top prize for the amazing young Director. 

Max Hendrickson from Cabra, Dublin accepting his award for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Award 2023 - 2024 Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year call for entries open
Max Hendrickson from Cabra, Dublin accepting his award for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Award 2023

“I have been submitting to the Fresh International Film Festival since I was 12, and it has consistently provided the inspiration and motivation for me to keep making movies. It has been absolutely amazing to attend every year and meet other young filmmakers, and I urge all aspiring filmmakers to submit their work to Fresh” said Max.

The 28th annual Fresh International Film Festival will take place in April next year, showcasing hundreds of short films from Ireland’s future screen talent. A highlight of the festival is Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year,  an awards programme which acknowledges and celebrates the highest standards of youth filmmaking across three categories: Junior (7-12 years), Senior (13-18 years) and International (7-18 years). The awards include a prize fund, filmmaking equipment, mentoring sessions with creative professionals, and the opportunity for young people to have their work screened theatrically. Submissions are also considered for specialist awards including the Radharc Trust Award for heritage and documentary, the RTÉ 60 Second Award, and the RTÉ Factual Award, Best Animation, and Best Performance, along with the much-coveted peer-to-peer Audience Award.

Fresh International Film Festival is a conduit for storytelling, a place where young people are free to express their personal and shared experiences, to investigate their lives and their communities, to document the world around them or imagine brand-new worlds. Fresh filmmakers tell the stories that matter to them, in their own voices and their own visual languages, accessible globally to young people from 7 to 18, truly inclusive and diverse. 

Fresh International Film Festival is grant-aided by The Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City and County Council, Coimisiún na Meán, Screen Ireland, Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board. Fresh Film is sponsored by RTÉ, The Radharc Trust and RTÉ Supporting the Arts. 

Entries are now open for the 2024 Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year and all the details can be found at Entries for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year are welcomed in English ( or English subtitles) and Irish from independent young makers, filmmaking collectives, groups and primary and secondary schools in Ireland. 
Deadline for entries for the the 2024 Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year is Friday, January 19, 2024 

Entry details and submission forms here: Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2024

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