A CORK teenager will find out if he has scooped up the title of Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year tonight.
Michael Keane (17), from Rushbrooke Links in Cobh, was nominated for the prestigious award for his work Hoodwinkers, which he wrote and directed.
The short film centres on a group of sixth year students trying to prepare for their Leaving Certificate and features Young Offenders star Dominic MacHale and Sarah Horgan.
“When a small study session leads to a crazy party, the following day the worse-for-wear students must devise a way to pass their Leaving Certificate Irish exam,” Michael summarised.
The film was shot in one day in Michael’s school and MacHale’s Alma Mater, St Francis College Rochestown.
It premiered in September and was screened at several film festivals including Fresh International Film Festival, who present the annual Young Filmmaker of the Year awards.
The competition, now in its 26th year, provides an opportunity for young filmmakers to see their work on the big screen and be in with a chance of winning €1,000, €700, or €300 towards their next film.
Hoodwinkers, which was selected as a regional finalist last month, will screen tonight during a televised final on RTÉ2.
The ceremony will be hosted by Gemma Bradley and Stephen Byrne and broadcast at 7pm.
Michael told The Echo that he was delighted to be chosen as a nominee.
“I am very honoured and chuffed to receive this nomination,” he said.
“I couldn’t have made this film without the immense help and enthusiasm from all of the cast and crew, especially Dominic MacHale and Sarah Horgan, as well as my school.”