First Cut! Youth Film Festival



First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2018 will take place in Youghal, Co. Cork, April 26th - 28th. More details soon!





Best Film: 'Float' (Julia Twamley)

Best Director: Daniel Seymour ('Black Sheet')

Spotlight Young Adults Film Award: Adam Mann ('Feeding the Dark')

Best Schools Film: 'The Power of Taste' (Christ King Girls' Secondary School, Cork)

Best Animation: 'The Wizard of Oz' (East Gate Drama Group)

Best Documentary: 'Lips' (Rachel Gough)

Best Music Video: 'Life Right Now' (Caillan O Regan)

Best Cork Young Filmmakers Film: 'Wi-Cri' (CDYS Mitchelstown)

Best Cork Young Filmmakers Schools Film: 'Double Trouble' (McEgan College, Macroom)

Winner of YMVC (Youth Music Video Award): Lochlainn McKenna

First Cut! 2017: April 27th - 29th, Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, Co. Cork

Now in its eighth year, First Cut! Youth Film Festival showcases new films by young filmmakers over three days packed with screenings, workshops, and talks by film industry professionals. It provides a valuable opportunity for young people to network and share their passion for making films with a wide group of likeminded people. Every type of film is screened: fiction, documentary, animation, music video and more.

Young Offenders

Featuring a Presentation by THE YOUNG OFFENDERS director PETER FOOTT

First Cut! Youth Film Festival is delighted to welcome Peter Foott, director of the hit comedy ‘The Young Offenders’, to discuss his work and share his insights into the filmmaking process. His debut feature film ‘The Young Offenders’, which had the widest Irish cinematic release of 2016 and soared at the box office. Prior to this he was creator, writer and producer of RTE’s hit comedy show ‘The Fear’ and a producer, writer and director on RTE’s longest running comedy show ‘Republic Of Telly’. His music video credits include producing and directing The Rubberbandits’ ‘Horse Outside’ video.  

YMVC - Youth Music Video Competition 2017

YMVC 2017

First Cut! Youth Film Festival, in partnership with Feel Good Lost, is delighted to announce the second edition of YMVC – Youth Music Video Competition. This offers five young emerging filmmakers the opportunity to create a music video under the mentorship of noted director Brendan Canty and his producer David Lester Mooney. All five videos will be screened at the 2017 First Cut! Festival, where an award will be presented to one film selected from the five.

To see some of 2016's YMVC videos and to find out more about the event, read this Irish Times blog post!

"I think the format of the competition was spot on and Brendan and Conal were great. It definitely helped me a lot afterwards, I got commissioned by a record label to make a different music video a couple of months later and seeing the video from the competition was a big factor in their decision. I also learned a lot about the process of how a music video is made right from the treatment and ideas stage to release." - Christian Tierney, joint winner of YMVC 2016

"A group of us met at Cork Film Centre in Cork, to attend a workshop with Brendan Canty. This was incredibly fascinating and useful… It was pretty amazing to see some of the exceptionally varied talent out there, and it was such a great experience to meet all of these people who all shared the same love for film and creativity… It was a great success, and I thank First Cut Film Fest for bringing us together, and showing us how easily conceivable these things can be, once you have the confidence and discipline. I’m currently working in the pre-production stages on a music video for a group called Booka Brass Band, which I hope to shoot early next month. The First Cut Film Festival helped me understand the process of making your ideas a reality, as well as introducing me to a bunch of like - minded people, and (hopefully) future collaborators." - Brendan Corcoran, joint winner of YMVC 2016

Donal Walsh Live Life National Film Competition

We are delighted to announce that we will be screening the winning films from the Donal Walsh Live Life National Film Competition at the 2017 First Cut! Youth Film Festival. For more information:

Awards presented at the 2016 festival were as follows:

  • Best Film: 'The Old Lie', Firefly Arts, Scotland
  • Best Director: Rachel McGill, 'Poppies'
  • Best Animation: 'Walked Dog, Dog's Dead. Sorry', Dermot Lynskey (IADT)
  • Best Documentary: 'Ram Fair', Jonathan Connolly
  • Best Music Video: 'Not Waving But Drowning' Freya Hellebust
  • Best Third Level Student Film: 'Malum', Skye Alanazi (BCSE)
  • Best Secondary School Film: 'A Wider Path', Richard Thien / Anna Maya Pawlowski (Magh Ene College, Bundoran)
  • Best CYF School: 'An Scannáin Ufásach', Colaiste Ghobnatán, Baile Mhic Íre.
  • Best CYF Overall: 'Milky Boy', Mallow Summer Film Week

The Young Music Video Competition (from 5 young filmmakers selected and mentored by Brendan Canty & Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost) produced a tie between Brendan Corcoran and Christian Tierney, both from Dublin.


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