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Under the Sea


Primary School Animation Programme
Thursday April 27th, 10am - 12.45pm (seating from 9.30am)

Official Festival Opening.

 “Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world” - Walt Disney

- Youghal Primary School Animation
First Cut! joined forces with three Youghal primary schools to bring all local 6th class pupils animation workshops. Children from Gaelscoil Chorain, South Abbey National School and Bunscoil Mhuire worked with filmmakers Belinda Walsh, Jane Lee and Ciara Hyland to create a colourful and dynamic programme of short animations. According to T. Edmonds, a teacher at Bunscoil Mhuire, “our pupils absolutely loved the workshops and found them very interesting. They are very excited to see their finished product”. These films will be premiered at this screening, with all filmmakers present.  

- Make Every Second Count (Sionnach Elkka Langan)
A pupil at Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn, Corcaigh. Winner of the Donal Walsh Live Life Film Competition primary school category. Screening followed by a few words from the filmmaker.  

- Dave Pedley Animation Presentation
First Cut! is delighted to welcome animator Dave Pedley who will draw on over twenty years of experience in animation to give an exciting and informative presentation on the whole filmmaking process from storyboard to editing. Pedley started working in 2D animation on The MR Men before moving into 3D animation on such projects as Creature Comforts, Shaun the Sheep, Astro Farm and the Aardman Studios classics Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run. More recently, he has been working with Think Visual and Dowtcha Puppets.

- Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Steve Box / Nick Park)
The morning will finish with a screening of this much-loved Aardman stop-motion animation feature. It follows eccentric inventor Wallace and his dog, Gromit, as they come to the rescue of the residents of a village which is being plagued by a mutant rabbit. Winner of the Academy Award for best animated feature.


Secondary Schools Open Submission Programme
Thursday April 27th, 1 pm – 3.30pm

A selection of the best short films made by school groups from across the country and beyond.

Challenges - Ursuline Secondary School, Cork
The Arrivals - North Presentation Secondary School, Cork  
The Doll - North Presentation Secondary School, Cork
The Gipsy of Parga - 2nd General Lyceum of Igoumenitsa, Greece
You Are What You Litter - Coláiste na Mí, Navan
Cold Water - McEgan College, Macroom, Co. Cork
Drink - Skibbereen Community School, Co. Cork
Romeo and Juliet - St. Fanahan’s College, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork
The Cure - St. Fanahan’s College, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork
The Weiner Games - St. Fanahan’s College, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork
The Bad Walk - Midleton College, Co. Cork
Dreams - Mayfield Community School, Cork  
Explaining My Depression To My Mother - Largy College, Clones, Co.Monaghan
Stressed - Eureka Secondary School, Kells, Co. Meath
The Power of Taste - Christ King Girls’ Secondary School, Cork / The Glucksman, UCC
Smarties - Magh Éne College, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - Kinsale Community School, Co.Cork
Hidden Potential - Eamonn MacMahon (Presentation College, Carlow)
The Test - Borris Vocational School, Co. Carlow
Is This a Prank? - Breifne College, Cavan

Panel discussion with Carlow filmmaker Eamonn MacMahon; Eadaoin Downey and Emer Kelly from Christ King Girls’ Secondary School, Cork; Caoimhe O Sullivan and Treasa Jiang from Midleton College; and Eva McDonnell and Amelia Konat from Ursuline Secondary School, Cork. Moderated by Max Le Cain, First Cut! Youth Film Festival.
Presentation of Best Secondary School Award.


Cork Young Filmmakers Programme
Friday April 28th, 10am - 12.30pm

Introduction by Ryan Howard (CEO of SECAD – South and East Cork Area Development)

Cork Young Filmmakers (CYF) is a film workshop programme for young people in Cork County run by Cork Film Centre and funded by Cork County Council and SECAD working in partnership with schools and youth organisations. This screening showcases the films made during workshops in schools during 2016/’17, as well as two guest films made independently in schools that also hosted workshops.

Who’s the Mug? - Kinsale Community School
Face to Face - Kinsale Community School
Gafa - Coláiste Ghobnatan, Ballymakeery
Love Letters - Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk
An Cailín Nua - Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin
Blue Screens - St. Colman’s Community College, Midleton
Davina and… - St. Colman’s Community College, Midleton
Turmoil - St. Colman’s Community College, Midleton
Order!  - CBS Secondary School, Midleton
I Still Get Jealous - Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown
Last Girl Standing - Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown
Double Trouble - McEgan College, Macroom
Hostage - McEgan College, Macroom
Creep - De La Salle College, Macroom
Paper Chase - Pobalscoil na Trionoide, Youghal
Gonna Getcha - Beara Community School / Foroige Castletownbere
Cold Water - McEgan College, Macroom
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) - Kinsale Community School

Panel discussion with James Patterson, Tim Slattery and Eamonn Clancy from De La Salle College, Macroom, and student filmmakers from McEgan College, Macroom. Moderated by Toirdealbhach O Lionaird, Colaiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Ire.

Each year, CYF runs a number of Summer Film Week workshops in County Cork. Young people get an opportunity to work with other young people with similar interests as well as with professional filmmakers and equipment. Taking part builds confidence and networks so that afterwards young people can make their own short films often in collaboration with friends made on the programme. For many, it opens up access to further education and employment in film-related areas which they might not otherwise have known existed. We conclude the programme today with a selection of films that came out of the 2016 Summer Film Weeks, as well two prize-winning examples of CYF films made with youth groups.

The Foreigners
Tormented Mind
Magic Hat
Assault & Battery
’Make a Film in a Week’ Documentary

Presentation of Best ‘Cork Young Filmmakers’ 2017 Schools Award