First Cut! 2017 Programme Outline

Thursday Morning: Festival Opening + Animania: Primary Schools Animation
Thursday Afternoon: School Open Submissions Programme
Friday Morning: Cork Young Filmmakers School Prorgamme
Friday Afternoon: Donal Walsh LiveLife Screening / AquaSpace Competition Screening / Open Submissions Programme 1
Saturday Morning: Open Submission Programme (2 Screenings)
Saturday Afternoon: Peter Foott Presentation / Spotlight: Young Adults Screening
Saturday Evening: Youth Music Video Competition Event

For details on Thursday and Friday Morning Screenings, please follow this link.

Friday 28th 1pm - 3.30pm

Open Submission Short Film Programme 1

(This programme is immediately preceded by our Guest Programmes.)

Each year, First Cut! Film Festival welcomes short films of every genre by young people from all over Ireland and from abroad. This year we have had a record number of entries, covering an unprecedented geographical sweep. The skill and imagination of young filmmakers is clearly represented by the diverse, vibrant and entertaining films that make up our open submissions programmes.

Don’t Let the Cloud Take Over - CDYS Mildeton
You Are What You Litter - Coláiste na Mí, Navan
Blood Wedding - Francesca Buckley
Hygge - Rachel McGill
Frame Your Mind With Happy Times - Jonathan Connolly
Soft Sock - Alan Power
Undead Revenge: The Chase - The Glucksman, UCC / Direct Provision Centres
A Man Alone - Sinead Huggins
Dark Matter - Waterford Youth Arts
I Don’t Know Myself (Mide Houlihan) - Stephen Hannon
Three Theories - Brian O’Brien
Braceface - Katie McKenna
Taking the Biscuit - Ben Kavanagh

Open Submission Short Film Programme 2
Saturday, April 29th, 10am – 11.20 am

The Foreigners - Cork Young Filmmakers
Wi-Cri - Cork Young Filmmakers
Assault & Battery - Cork Young Filmmakers
Youngfellas - SWAY Project
The Sparrow - Olivia Walsh
Box[ed] - Arran Tenzin Bradstock
Cubicles - Rachel Gough
Lips - Rachel Gough
Stella - Griffin Kruger
Three - Siona Ireland Wilson
The Kasia Gajda’s Accidents - Pawel Cichonski
Broken Hearts - Freyja Hellebust
Angels - Ophelia Schiefferdecker
Occult - Aidan Buckley
Jam Tree - Jack Long / John Scally / Seán Fogarty
Black Sheet - Daniel Seymour

Panel discussion with a group of young directors from the programme including Daniel Seymour, Jack Long, Aidan Buckley and Freya Hellebust from CFC Future Filmmakers. CFC Future Filmmakers is a Cork Film Centre (CFC) scheme for dedicated young filmmakers , age 14-18. It is designed to provide a progression from filmmaking workshops. Members of this group meet weekly to share skills and develop, shoot and edit films. They are mentored and faciliitated by CFC.

Moderated by Linda Curtin. Linda Curtin is a Cork Based filmmaker working in documentary. She is a graduate of Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art & Design and film production from St John's College. Linda has screened work in festivals and exhibitions in Ireland and abroad.

Open Submission Short Film Programme 3
Saturday, April 29th, 11.45 am – 1 pm

Wet Wednesday - Wexford Youth Film Project
Bad Buzz - Tallaght Young Filmmakers
Gorey’s Not Boring - Make a Movie Summer Film Project, Gorey
Smoke Clouds - Aaron Moloney / Brooklyn Bond
23 Days - Laura Carroll
The Wizard of Oz - East Gate Drama Group
Speaker Man - Cormac Kelly / John Margretts / Conor Ostheimer
Lifelines Episode 2 - Samuel Browne
At Sea - Pippa Moloney
Own - Jen Randall/ Aberdeen Young Filmmakers
Life Right Now (JYellowL) - Caillan O Regan
Lucid (Jafaris) - Nathan Barlow
Float - Julia Twamley

Awards presented by Peter Foott: Best Film, Best Director, Best Animation, Best Documentary, Best Music Video and Best Cork Young Filmmakers Short.

Young Offenders
Saturday, April 29th, 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Peter Foott Public Workshop

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. Peter Foott, originally from Monkstown but now living in St Luke's, took home the award for Best Script in Film at the recent IFTA awards. He was also shortlisted for the prestigious IFTA Rising Star nominees. Peter is a filmmaker with prizes from Venice Film Festival and The Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTA) where he won best TV moment of the year. His debut feature film ‘The Young Offenders’, which had the widest Irish cinematic release of 2016 and soared at the box office on a limited production budget won Best Irish Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh. 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.

This event will be introduced by Rossa Mullin, CEO, Film in Cork. As a producer, Rossa was behind the first-ever Irish Film Board-funded feature film made entirely in Cork, 'Shem The Penman Sings Again'.

The Peter Foott Public Workshop is open to all but due to limited seating capacity, we request that you book in advance. To book a place, please email Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

SPOTLIGHT - Young Adults Open Submission Programme
Saturday, April 29th, 2.45 pm – 4 pm

SPOTLIGHT: Twelve emerging directors to watch out for. A selection of shorts by filmmakers in their early twenties, including college-made films.

Fish - Rokas Kaminskas / Meida LileikytÄ—, Skalvija Film Academy, Lithuania
Haze - Emanuele Massa, CIT, Cork
Erased - Julie Hassett, UCC, Cork
Greenbug -Thomas Spencer, CCAD, Cork
Half Light - Skye Alanazi, BCFE/ Colaiste Dhulaigh
Fade Away - Lori Emily Browne, Queens University, Belfast
Feeding the Dark - Adam Mann, Dublin
Dunkelheit - Patricia Dennehy ,St John’s Central College, Cork
Dracula: Love Never Dies - Sinéad Keogh, Co. Meath
Nicotine - Roy Kingston St. John’s Central College, Cork
Roger’s Time - Shane O’Sullivan, St. John’s Central College, Cork
Strawberry - Jessica Young, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Co Louth

Presentation of the Spotlight Award (Best Young Adults Film).


YMVC - Youth Music Video Competition Screenings & Awards
Saturday, April 29th, 4.15 pm – 5 pm

Presented by Brendan Canty, Feel Good Lost Director, this programme will include screenings of the 5 nominated music videos made by the YMVC 2017 finalists and an announcement of the 2017 YMVC Best Music Video.

In addition to the screenings and ceremonies, you are invited to enjoy hearing from the professionals and the award winners.

"Short films are a beautiful artform which I urge you as young filmmakers to keep making. But I strongly encourage you to try your hand at telling these stories or making your visuals through music videos as it is the best and fastest way to learn, develop and get noticed as a young director" says Canty, who was selected amongst the 60 most creative people in Ireland by the Irish Times.

Feel Good Lost is a multi-discipline creative company that makes cutting edge film, art and music. Brendan Canty, director of FGL, is best known for the phenomenally successful video for Hozier’s Take Me To Church, which was voted Video of the Year by the Irish Times and nominated for two MTV VMA awards. Many of FGL’s music videos have featured on the biggest music websites in the world.

The jury for this award includes Brendan Canty, David Lester Mooney, Louise Ní Ghamhna (Director), Piers McGrail (cinematographer), Eoin French (Talos) and Stevie G (Red FM).