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First Cut! & Feel Good Lost Announce 2018 Youth Music Video Competition.

Calling Ambitious Young Filmmakers aged 18-23 a unique opportunity to kick-start your career as a director.


First Cut! Youth Film Festival, in partnership with Feel Good Lost, is delighted to announce that submissions are now open for the third edition of the 2018 YMVC – Youth Music Video Competition!


The annual competition will once again offer five young emerging filmmakers the opportunity to create a music video under the mentorship of noted director Brendan Canty and producer David Lester Mooney (Feel Good Lost). YMVC is open nationally and invites applications NOW!


The competition has gone from strength to strength since inception, with the quality of the work being nothing short of remarkable. Lochlainn McKenna’s winning video from last year’s festival went on to win a Kinsale Shark Award. Three of the five 2016 entries – from Christian TierneyCharlie Doherty and Brendan Corcoran – became official videos for The Academic, Meltybrains? and Kobina. Christian Tierney has since gone on to become Conor McGregor’s personal videographer.


How to Enter:

  • Email the following to: firstcutymvc@gmail.com before 5pm February 28th
  • Write 200 words telling us about you, your background, and why you want to be a filmmaker.
  • Send us a link to your best piece of work to-date.
  • Include you contact details and your date of birth.
  • You can apply on your own or in duos.


The selected filmmakers will take part in a hands-on workshop with Feel Good Lost on Saturday March 24th in Cork.

Using their extensive knowledge of the Irish music scene and network of musicians, Feel Good Lost arrange for five musical artists to submit a track to the competition. Each track is carefully curated to a director based on their style of directing and briefs are tailor made for each director and with input from the artists. So far acts such as Daithí, Meltybrains?, Rusangano Family and The Academic have submitted tracks. Every style of music video is encouraged, be it narrative or experimental, live action or animation, or any combination of these.



Participants will experience the same process that happens in the industry. Each filmmaker will submit a treatment document explaining their idea, and with on-going mentoring and support from Feel Good Lost, they make the video. In addition to making an amazing video, the competition builds confidence and helps directors improve in areas that need improving.


All five videos will be screened at the 2018 First Cut! Festival on Saturday 28th April 2018.  One stand-out filmmaker will be presented with an award. Once the video is finished, the artist will decide if they want this to be the official video for the track. The goal is for the artist to get a music video that they are happy with, and for the director to get their video on their reel. But either way it’s a win / win situation for everyone.


Feel Good Lost is a multi-discipline creative company that makes cutting edge film, art and music. Brendan Canty, director of FGL, is best known for the phenomenally successful video for Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’, which was voted Video of the Year by the Irish Times and nominated for two MTV VMA awards. Canty’s recent short “For You” has been nominated for a 2018 IFTA Film & Drama Award aswell as winning Best Irish Short at the Kindle Sharks. To find out more about Feel Good Lost, visit their official website: feelgoodlost.me


First Cut! Youth Film Festival is an annual event that showcases and celebrates work by young filmmakers. It takes place at the Mall Arts Centre in Youghal, Co. Cork and is running April 25th – 28th. This vibrant festival is supported by the Arts Council, Cork County Council and Cork Film Centre. In 2016 First Cut! introduced a new focus on music video by creating YMVC with Feel Good Lost. This exciting and distinctive event within the festival continues to be a huge success.

For more information, please visit: firstcutfilmfestival.com