Record numbers for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the year

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Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards will be presented on March 25 and 26 during the Festival, at the Odeon, Castletroy, Limerick. Picture: Dermot Culhane.

MORE than 1,700 entries have been received for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2020, the most amount of submission received in the festival’s 24-year history.

The Fresh screening panel has now viewed all submissions and has selected films by young filmmakers from Limerick to screen at the Regional Heat in the Belltable Arts Centre on Friday, March 6.

Shortlisted films for the final will be announced at the end of each regional heat with and will be screened at Fresh International Film Festival 2020 in Limerick from March 23 to 28 and Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards will be presented on March 25 and 26 during the Festival, at the Odeon, Castletroy, Limerick.

The festival encourages young people from Ireland and overseas, aged 7 to 18 years, to create, exhibit and share films, giving them the chance to have their films shown on a cinema screen and compete for the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year.

All films submitted are also considered for a range of Specialist Awards including the Radharc Trust Award (documentary), the Boulder Media Animation Award, the RTÉ 60 Second Short Film Award and the RTÉ Factual Award, in addition to the International and Audience awards.

Reflecting on the volume of entries for this year’s festival, Jayne Foley, Fresh International Film Festival Director commented, “Fresh International Film Festival is all about encouraging young people to tell their stories through film. Fresh is an international event and we are now seeing films made by young people from Iran, China, the USA, Korea and all over Europe. This year we received over 1,700 films made by young people, films that tell stories and reflect the lives of all these different cultures. This is so exciting.”

The regionals heats are also taking place for Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick and all these screenings are open to the public, but space is very limited, so advance booking through the Fresh International Film Festival is essential at (061) 319555 or email