Could you be Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2020?
Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2020 entries are now open! The annual festival, used to celebrate talented young filmmakers from Ireland and overseas is back again this year and we have got all the details on how you can enter!
Fresh Film is an advocate for young filmmakers and encourages young people to make their dreams come true by hosting the annual Fresh International Film Festival every spring. The festival takes place in Limerick from March 23rd – 28th, 2020 and is open to young people from 7-18 years of age.
2020 will be its 24th year encouraging young people to create, exhibit and share films. The Fresh International Film Festival provides an opportunity for 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 €1000 towards their next film. – WOW! All submissions are also considered for a range of Specialist Awards including the Radharc Trust Award for documentaries, the Animation Award, the RTÉ 60 Second Award, the Film in the Irish Language award and the RTÉ Factual Award, in addition to the International and Audience awards.
The Festival has Junior (7-12 years), Senior (12- 18 years) 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 and up to 10 minutes duration for Juniors. Senior films will be screened at one of the Regional Heats, which will take place in Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Limerick during early March. The Senior and Junior finalists’ films will be screened during the Fresh Film Festival 2020 in late March. The awards will be announced at the final screenings on March 25th and 26th.
Fresh Film runs a number of initiatives under strand headings. The Fresh Production strand features the ‘Fresh Blood’ horror film workshop, the ‘Hothouse’ programme and the ‘Fresh Film Squad’. Designed to bring young people together to share their film experiences and create new work. Under its Fresh Education strand, they create film programmes for the classroom such as the ‘You Judge It’ school juries, and the ‘young programmer’ project. As part of its Fresh International strand, it distributes Irish films made by young people to festivals all over the world and seeks opportunities for young people to participate in international exchanges.
Speaking about the final call for entries, Festival Director and Founder Jayne Foley said, “From filmmaker exchanges to film shares, awards to workshops, Fresh continues to seek new and innovative ways of engaging with international young filmmakers and audiences. We are an international film festival and we distribute Irish films to festivals all over the world. Fresh’s relationship with filmmakers and festivals from all over the world began in 1993 with a screening of ‘Kids in America’ a collection made by young people from the USA. We are looking forward to great things from our 2020 crop of films. Understanding the basic building blocks of storytelling, camera and editing will stand you in good stead in the media-driven future. We are seeking filmmakers, the makers of dreams, the ones who challenge us with their alternative vision and the ones who show a mastery of the art. We give you this gentle nudge again. Write your story. Grab your camera. Get your friends or your classmates or do it on your own. We await the new crop. We look forward to the harvest.”
Closing date for entries is Friday, January 24, 2020 so get those cameras out and start creating something special. Who knows, the next Steven Spielberg may be in our midst’s. Lights, Camera, Action!
The full festival programme will be available shortly. Further details and applications forms can be found at www.freshfilmfestival.com.