Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Limerick regional heats 2020

Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Limerick regional heats 2020

Limerick regional heats 2020:…Films shortlisted for the final will be announced at the conclusion 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, Castletroy, Limerick. Picture: Dermot Culhane.

Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Limerick regional heats 2020 

Fresh International Film Festival, incorporating Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards, has received over 1,700 submissions for this year’s festival, the highest number of submissions in the festival’s 24-year history.  

The Fresh screening panel has now viewed all submissions and has selected films by young filmmakers from Munster to screen at the Limerick regional heats 2020 in the Belltable Arts Centre on Friday, March 6. The regionals heats are also taking place all this week in Leinster, Dublin, Cork, and Galway.

Films shortlisted for the final at the Limerick regional heats 2020 will be announced at the conclusion 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, Castletroy, Limerick.

Now in its 24th year, Fresh International 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 have their work seen on a cinema screen for the first time and to compete for the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year

Limerick regional heats 2020

Fresh International Film Festival, incorporating Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards, has received over 1,700 submissions for this year’s festival and has selected films by young filmmakers to screen at heats taking place all over the country. Picture: Dermot Culhane.

All films submitted are also considered for a range of Specialist Awards including the Radharc 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. 

Other highlights of Fresh International Film Festival 2020 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.

Reflecting on the volume of entries for this year’s festival, Jayne Foley, Fresh International Film Festival Director commented, “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.”

The Festival has Junior, Senior and International categories for individual and group projects.  Many young people choose to make their films independently, while others work on film projects through their school, youth group or film school.  

Films must be original and can be up to 15 minutes duration for Seniors or 10 minutes duration for Juniors.  Films submitted are screened at one of the Regional Heats, which take place in Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Limerick, while the finalists’ work will be screened during Fresh International Film Festival in Limerick.

Fresh Film encourages young people to make films by hosting an annual international film festival for young people, presenting Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards, acting as an advocate for young filmmakers and promoting their work worldwide.  

Fresh runs a number of initiatives throughout the year, including a Hothouse programme designed to bring young people of different ages and diverse backgrounds together to share their film experiences and create new collaborative work, as well as distributing Irish films made by young people to festivals all over the world.  

The Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City and County Council and RTE Supporting the Arts support the Festival.

The regionals heats are also taking place for Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick 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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