Fresh Film’s ‘Hothouse’ at RTÉ gives young filmmakers a chance to shine

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Film director Jim Sheridan (5th from left) and Jayne Foley, founder of Fresh International Film Festival (4th from left) pictured pictured at RTE with young Irish filmmakers from all over Ireland at Fresh Film’s recent ‘Hothouse’ masterclass, hosted in conjunction with RTE. Entries for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2020 close Friday, January 24. See www.freshfilmfestival.com. Picture: Pete Moles

Fresh Film’s recent ‘Hothouse’ masterclass, hosted in conjunction with RTÉ, was a huge success last Saturday, December 14 with Irish playwright, screenwriter, film director, and producer, Jim Sheridan as the guest director.

Fresh Film is an advocate for young filmmakers year-round and encourages young people to make films by hosting the annual Fresh International Film Festival which incorporates Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards.

The focal point of Fresh Film’s year is the film competition, Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards which is held annually and allows for Fresh to present the title ‘Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year’ to one deserving young filmmaker. Fresh International Film Festival 2020 takes place in Limerick from March 23 – 28, 2020 and is open to young people from 7-18 years of age.

Fresh International Film Festival is in its 23rd year running, and its prime focus is to encourage young people to make films by running a number of initiatives such as Hothouses in collaboration with RTE throughout the year. The ‘Hothouse’ masterclass is essentially talent development that brings together talented young filmmakers and pairs them with established filmmakers to enhance their development and links to the film industry.

This year, the 6-time-Academy-Award nominee, Jim Sheridan graced the RTÉ studios to give Fresh Film’s Young filmmakers a very special ‘Hothouse’ masterclass.

Sheridan is best known for the Oscar-winning  ‘My Left Foot’ staring Daniel-Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker, in 1990 he directed by ‘The Field’ starring Richard Harris. In 2003 he released the semi-autobiographical ‘In America’. He has also directed films including ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ starring rap star 50 Cent and the 2009 film ‘Brothers’ starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal. Mr Sheridan said he was “really impressed with the young filmmakers”, who are the cream of Ireland’s upcoming filmmaking talent.

Fresh Film was thrilled to have such a critically acclaimed filmmaker feature at their event with founder, Jayne Foley saying, “Jim Sheridan is an icon of Irish cinema and we are delighted that he is sharing his knowledge with young filmmakers who are beginning their own exciting journey in the film industry.”

Entries for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2020 close Friday, January 24.

For more information on how to enter visit www.freshfilmfestival.com.