Young filmmakers putting Galway on the map

Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2019 have seen a record number of entries this year, we’re proud to hear that a number of Galway films were selected for Regional heats.

Fresh 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 23-year history. The Fresh screening panel has now viewed all submissions and has selected films by young filmmakers from Galway to screen at the Regional Heat in the Town Theatre Hall on Wednesday, March 13th.

Films shortlisted for the final will be announced at the conclusion of each regional heat and will be screened at Fresh Film Festival 2019 in Limerick from March 25th to 30th and Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards will be presented on the March 27th and 28th during the Festival.

Irish young film makers

Now in its 23rd 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 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 Film Festival 2019 include feature screenings and workshops including an Industry Master class with The National Youth Film School.

Fresh Film Festival

Reflecting on the volume of entries for this year’s festival, 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!”

These screenings are open to the public, but space is very limited, so advance booking through the Fresh Film Festival is essential: (061) 319555 /

The Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City and County Council and RTE Supporting the Arts support fresh Film Festival. Further details are available from click here

Further info: Richard Lynch, Fresh Film Festival (087) 974 5603/