Young Offenders star to host virtual film awards 

Young Offenders star to host virtual film awards 
Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2020 are giving young filmmakers a platform to shine as this year’s awards move online due to the current Covid-19 restrictions. Further details are available from www.freshfilmfestival.com. Picture: Matt Sullivan

YOUNG Offenders star Demi Isaac Oviawe will be hosting the virtual Ireland's Young Filmmaker Awards next week.

Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2020 were due to take place at Fresh International Film Festival in Limerick in March, but the Covid-19 outbreak led to a cancellation of the event and the awards are now taking place online next week.

Cork actor Demi said: “I am honoured to be hosting this year’s awards. 

"Fresh International Film Festival encourages young people to tell their stories through film and 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. 

"The future of filmmaking in Ireland is bright.” 

Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2020 are giving young filmmakers a platform to shine. Picture: Dermot Culhane.
Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2020 are giving young filmmakers a platform to shine. Picture: Dermot Culhane.

With the cancellation of events and festivals nationwide due to Covid-19, Jayne Foley, Fresh Film and Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards founder, said: “The Fresh team have devised a virtual solution for this year’s awards as we have an amazing community of young filmmakers and while we can't bring them together in one room, for now, we can bring them together online.” 

Now in its 24th year, Fresh International Film Festival invites 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.

Fresh Film runs a number of initiatives throughout the year, including a Hothouse programme designed to bring young people of different ages and diverse backgrounds together to share their film experiences and create new collaborative work, as well as distributing Irish films made by young people to festivals all over the world.

The Senior Finals take place on Wednesday, May 13 at 7pm on Fresh Film Festival’s YouTube channel and the Junior Finals to follow one week later on at 4 pm on Wednesday, May 20 and 19 year-old Demi is this year’s host.

Further details are available from www.freshfilmfestival.com

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