First Cut! Friends and Sponsors


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First Cut! Youth Film Festival provides opportunities for young filmmakers from throughout Ireland and abroad to screen their films in a relaxed atmosphere where they have opportunities to network amongst their peers, meet professionals and share their passion. All events are free.

First Cut! has organised youth film festival events since 2009. It is a not-for-profit organisation with a committed core management supported by a team of volunteers. While First Cut! receives valuable annual support from the Arts Council and from the Arts Office of Cork County Council, we still are operating on a small budget and each year we find ourselves with a shortfall.

To help us sustain and expand our festival, we have set up a ‘Friends of the Festival’ scheme where businesses and individuals can contribute €50 towards the running costs of this festival. This generous contribution is acknowledged on the list of Festival Friends on the website, as displayed below.

If, in addition, you would like to become a First Cut! Sponsor please get in touch. We are delighted to feature a Sponsor’s logo on the Festival Programme which is given to everyone who attends the festival and is also widely shared on social media locally, nationally and internationally. Current sponsors’ logos can be seen at the top of this page.

If you would like to become a Festival Friend or Sponsor, please email:

Here is the list of ‘Friends’ at the time of ‘going to print’. We are extremely grateful to each one of you for your support!

Brookes Supervalu Youghal

The Coffee Pot

Alan Primm Books

Murphy Insurances Youghal Ltd (regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland)

Rivergate Restaurant

The Old Imperial Hotel

Murphys Pharmacy

Sage Café

Clockgate Pharmacy

The Red Store

Roma Grill

The Quays

Cal Flavin

Goodness Me

MiraMina Pharmacy

Luceys Carpets

Bank of Ireland

La Bella Roma


Le Gourmet

Cree's Card Shop

Quality Hotel Youghal

Lloyds Pharmacy
Doyle's Family Restaurant