Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2018 announce Cork Finalists
Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2018 moved one-step closer to crowning its winners by announcing the Cork finalists on Tuesday, March 6th. The competition, which received a record of almost 1,500 entries this year, announced which short films would move on to the finals at the Cork regional heats, which took place at the Triskel Arts Centre.
Films screened at the Cork regional heats included films from Cork, Waterford, Down and Wexford. Films by young Cork filmmakers through to the final include ‘Christy’s Corpus’ by Sean McConville from Belfast, ‘Cara’ by Elizabeth Scanlon from Cork, ‘Figment’ by JB Productions of Loreto Secondary School from Cork, ‘Duff’ by SWAY Project in Waterford and ‘Hear Our Voice’ by Ciara McGarry of Loreto Secondary School. Films shortlisted for the final will be screened at Fresh Film Festival 2018 in Limerick from March 20th to 25th and Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards will be presented on the March 21st and 22nd during the Festival.
Other highlights of Fresh Film Festival 2018 include feature screenings and workshops including an animation workshop with Brazilian animator Alexandre Almeida Juruena De Mattos.
School teacher Liam O’Mahony of Loreto Secondary School, who has encouraged his students for years to make films and submit them to Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards, said the films this year “were very topical and some good stories were told”. He also praised the Fresh Film Festival saying, “Fresh Film Festival gives a voice to students, a real voice that they find difficult to find anywhere else in the Irish School System”.
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 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. 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.
Reflecting on the volume of entries for this year’s competition, Fresh Film Festival Director Jayne Foley commented, “Fresh Film Festival is all about encouraging young people to tell their stories through film, so the record number of submissions this year shows we have a nation of young storytellers with something to say and the creative means to say it. We’ve been overwhelmed by the entries this year: The future of filmmaking in Ireland is bright”. She went on to note the importance of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year, “The Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Competition gave all these young people a focus – an event to aim for. This is the core part of the festival – young people making and screening their own stories before an audience of their peers”.
Fresh Film Festival 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. Fresh Film Festival is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City and County Council and RTE Supporting the Arts. Further details are available from www.freshfilmfestival.net.
Further info: Richard Lynch, Fresh Film Festival (087) 974 5603/ firstname.lastname@example.org.