17-year-old Rachel McGill from Limerick was awarded the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2016. The closing date for entering Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year 2018 is January 26.
Could you be Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year 2018? Last Call for Entries is January 26
The closing date for entries for Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year 2018, Ireland’s festival celebrating young filmmakers from Ireland and overseas, is January 26, 2018.
Fresh Film Festival encourages young people to make films by hosting an annual film festival for young people, presenting Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year 2018 Awards and is an advocate for young filmmakers. Fresh Film Festival 2018 takes place in Limerick from March 20 – 25 and is open to young people from 7-18 years of age.
Now in its 22nd year, Fresh Film Festival encourages young people from Ireland and overseas, aged 7 to 18 years, to create, exhibit and share films. The festival provides an opportunity for these young filmmakers to see their work on the big screen and to compete for the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year and to win up to €1000 towards their next film. All films submitted are also considered for a range of Specialist Awards including the Radharc Trust Award for documentaries, 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. Young filmmakers can enter as independents, as part of their school or in a group. Films must be original and can be up to 15 minutes duration for Seniors or 10 minutes duration for Juniors. Senior films will be screened at one of the Regional Heats, which take place in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick during February and early March. The senior and junior finalists’ work will be screened during Fresh Film Festival 2018 from March 20 – 25 in Limerick.
Fresh Film Festival runs a number of initiatives throughout the year, including a Hothouse programme designed to bring young people together to share their film experiences and create new work, it also distributes Irish films made by young people to festivals all over the world and has devised film programmes for the classroom.
Speaking about the final call for entries, Fresh Film Festival Director and Founder Jayne Foley said,“There seems to be a real buzz around filmmaking in Ireland at the moment from the homegrown acting talent like Saoirse Ronan, to groundbreaking animation studios, right up to huge Hollywood franchises like Star Wars. Now Limerick film is being put on a world stage with the news that the American cable television channel SYFY has confirmed a series order for George RR Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’, which will be shot at our own Troy Studios in Castletroy. It has never been easier to make high-quality films with minimal budgets so anyone can be a filmmaker. We want to give the young people of Ireland a chance to be seen and heard. The Fresh Film Festival provides a platform for a diverse range of young filmmakers, to bring their talents into focus and project their imagination onto the big screen. We’ve already received a huge number of entries, so this is our final call out to any young filmmakers out there. You never know who might discover you!”
The full festival programme will be available shortly. Further details and applications forms can be found at www.freshfilmfestival.net.
For more stories on previous Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards click here