It takes place in Youghal and runs over four days from March 6 to March 9. The festival gives filmmakers between the ages of 12 and 24 a platform for screening their short films, as well as bringing them inspiring presentations from industry professionals such as Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey and The Young Offenders creator Peter Foott.
My job is to select the short films that we screen from the hundreds of local, national and international entries we receive. It’s a fun task as the films that are submitted are often full of surprises, it’s also challenging as there are always tough decisions to be made in order to whittle it down to the final selection.
The festival is now in its tenth year, I’m at my busiest right now lining up our final programme.
I also work throughout the year with ‘Cork Young Filmmakers’ in providing schools and youth groups throughout Cork County with filmmaking workshops. And in a parallel universe of my own creation, I’m an experimental filmmaker and artist.
Working through weekends is not unusual. I work inconsistent hours which fluctuate depending on the workload.
As for eating out, there are so many great places but if I had to pick one, it’d be Pompeii Pizzas at The Franciscan Well. I have a great fondness for pizza and theirs is the best in town.
There are also some great eateries in Youghal where our festival is held and many of the businesses support First Cut as sponsors, so when I am in town I like to support them as well.
This will be followed with a presentation on the art of animation and a much-anticipated screening of the academy award nominated animated short The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey of Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon.
Friday’s programme will showcase short films made by secondary school students involved in the Cork Young Filmakers Project in the Mall Art’s Centre.
On Thursday evening a family Animation screening will take place. It is free and as seating is limited tickets can be booked in advance on a first come basis. This will take place on the big screen of the Regal Cinema and is a highlight of the festival for our younger audiences. It promises to be a great night out for local families.
Screenings of the selected national and international Open Call entries will take place in both the Mall Arts Centre and the Regal Cinema. The general public, alongside the filmmakers, are invited to attend this day of the festival where they will see a wonderful range of inspiring shorts by filmmakers up to age 24.
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