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First Cut! Youghal Film Festival 2017

screening the works of young filmmakers aged 12 to 24 years….

Thu 27th April - Sat 29th April

Now in its eighth year, First Cut!  Youth Film Festival is a vibrant International festival screening the works of young filmmakers aged 12-24. The festival is packed with an impressive line-up of screenings, workshops, and talks by film industry professionals. Awards are presented in a variety of categories including fiction, documentary, animation, and music video. First Cut! provides a valuable opportunity for young filmmakers to network and share their passion for making films with a group of likeminded people in an enjoyable and supportive environment.

2017 has yielded a record number of entries covering an unprecedented geographical sweep. Short films made by young people have been pouring in from Donegal to Cork, and many counties in between. International entries heralded from Czech Republic, Greece, India, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, UK and USA. In its 8th year, First Cut! finds that the standard of the films keeps getting higher, and this promises to be the most exciting programme yet. The skill and imagination of young filmmakers in Ireland and across the world is clearly represented.

Involvement from local youth is integral to First Cut! All 6th class primary school pupils are making animation films in the weeks leading in to the festival. These short animations will be shown on the ‘Big Screen’ in the Mall Arts Centre on the opening day of the festival, alongside other exciting guests. Pobalscoil na Tríonóide students, as well as screening their own short film, ‘Paper Chase’, are acting as festival hosts, showing pride in their town as they welcome hundreds of other secondary school students filmmakers to their stunning local Mall Arts Centre.

First Cut! is excited to announce a Free Event featuring filmmaker Peter Foott (writer/director of hugely successful ‘The Young Offenders’), will take place on Saturday 29th April.

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All events and screenings at the festival are free and open to the public.
All welcome!

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