Call for Entries for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023

The countdown is on for entries to the

Fresh International Film Festival 2023

Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year

Call for Entries for Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023

Could you be the next Fresh Film alumni to be Oscar nominated?

Deadline for entries: Friday January 20, 2023

Entry details and forms here: Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023

For almost three decades, Ireland’s Fresh International Film Festival has nurtured, mentored and platformed many of the island’s most exciting new filmmaking talent, bolstering Ireland’s emerging film, television, and digital creative pool. From Oscar nominated director Vincent Lambe to All-American High School Film Festival, New York ‘Best Director’ Sean Tracey, acclaimed Irish filmmaker Dónal Foreman, BBC Presenter and Author Nick Sheridan, Comedian and TV personality Justine Stafford and countless more, Fresh Film alumni play myriad roles in film, television, and digital media sectors in Ireland and across the world.

I will always remember the Fresh Film Festival and how encouraging it was at the time.

I’m delighted to see how it has evolved. It is such an amazing thing for young filmmakers.

Vincent Lambe, Dublin

Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 1999

Oscar Nominee, 2019 Academy Awards, for Detainment

Special Jury Award, 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, for Detainment

The 27th annual Fresh International Film Festival will take place from March 28 to April 1, 2023, showcasing hundreds of short films from Ireland’s future screen talent. A highlight of the festival is Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Yeara series of awards whichacknowledge and celebrate the highest standards of youth filmmaking across three categories: Junior (7-12 years), Senior (13-18 years) and International (7-18 years, not resident in Ireland). The awards include prize monies, filmmaking equipment, mentoring sessions with creative professionals, and the opportunity for young people to have their work screened theatrically. Submissions are also considered for specialist awards including the Radharc Trust Award for documentaries, the RTÉ 60 Second Award, and the RTÉ Factual Award, along with the much-coveted peer to peer Audience Award.

Entries are now open for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2023 and all the details can be found at Entries for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year are welcomed from Irish and international independent young makers, filmmaking collectives, and individuals and groups entering through both primary and secondary schools in Ireland.

I will never ever forget when I first saw a short film of mine on a cinema screen back at the 2017 Fresh Film Festival,

and I am not sure I would still be making films to this day if it weren’t for that moment that held my hand and said:

‘You can do this. You can make something that a real cinema audience will watch. Keep going.’

The sheer joy of being able to see young filmmakers’ pieces on the silver screen is, and always will be, unparalleled.”

Sean Tracey, Wicklow

Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2022

Best Director Award, All-American High School Film Festival, New York 2022

Fresh International Film Festival is a conduit for storytelling, a place where young people are free to express their personal and shared experiences, to investigate their lives and their communities, to document the world around them or imagine brand new worlds. Fresh Filmmakers tell the stories that matter to them, in their own voices and their own visual languages, accessible globally to young people from 7 to 18, truly inclusive and diverse.

Fresh Film enables young people to explore life through the camera lens, to learn the art of visual storytelling, to understand the filmmaking process and the opportunities that exist both in front of and behind the camera, inspiring future creative professionals and deeply embedding the wealth of benefits that creativity brings to individuals and their communities.

‘It was my film school before film school. I owe Fresh Film a lot.’

Dónal Foreman, Dublin

Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2003

Director of feature films Out of Here,  The Image You Missed and  The Cry of Granuaile.

Fresh International Film Festival is grant aided by The Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City and County Council, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Screen Ireland, Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board. Fresh Film is sponsored by RTÉ, The Radharc Trust and RTÉ Supporting the Arts, and supported by Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick; Irish Film Institute, Dublin and Town Hall Theatre, Galway.

See www.freshfilm.iefor further information.

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January 20:                         Closing date for entries to Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year

January TBC:                      Fresh International Film Festival programme and venues announced

March 7th                            Connaught Regional Final

March 8th                            Leinster and Dublin Regional Finals

March 14th                          Ulster Regional Finals

March 15th                          Munster Regional Final

March 28 – April 1:             Fresh International Film Festival takes place, Limerick

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