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First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2019

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal       March 6th to 9th 2019
Watch this space for the 2019 programme, which will be announced at the end of February 2019.

First Cut! Youth Film Festival is an annual event dedicated to showcasing new films by young filmmakers.
First Cut! provides young filmmakers between the ages of 12 and 24 with a platform for screening their short films.  It is committed to ensuring that these screenings take place in a friendly and vibrant atmosphere where young people can meet and mingle with like-minded peers and share their passion for making films.  Whether working individually or as part of a school or youth group,  panel discussions with participating filmmakers allow young audiences to take inspiration from the experiences of their contemporaries.

First Cut! also offers workshops and presentations by professional filmmakers at the cutting edge of Irish cinema.  Festival audiences have had the opportunity to listen to and engage with top-tier directors including the Oscar-nominated Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner) and Peter Foott, creator of the phenomenally successful The Young Offenders film and series.  In 2018, Cartoon Saloon’s Mark Mullery, technical director to The Breadwinner, was the festival’s special guest. He gave a presentation on that renowned Kilkenny-based animation studio and a glimpse into the making of The Breadwinner.

First Cut! Youth Film Festival is the home of YMVC (Youth Music Video Competition). Presented in partnership with Feel Good Lost, this annual competition  offers five young emerging filmmakers the opportunity to create a music video under the mentorship of top music video director Brendan Canty and producer David Lester Mooney.

First Cut! Youth Film Festival receives core funding from the Arts Council and Cork County Council Arts Office and is supported by Cork Film Centre.