Friends & Sponsors


First Cut! Youth Film Festival marks its 10th edition in 2019 with an exciting new partnership with Ballymaloe. The iconic East Cork restaurant, shop and cookery school has come on board as the lead sponsor of the festival. Speaking about the sponsorship, Fern Allen of Ballymaloe said “Ballymaloe House, Shop and Cookery School are thrilled to have the opportunity to support the art of filmmaking at the 2019 First Cut! Youth Film Festival. Ballymaloe shares the festival’s ethos for providing a vibrant environment for creative young audiences to take inspiration from the experience of their contemporaries and has a long history of supporting the arts’

The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal

The Mall Arts Centre is more than a festival venue – over the last five years it has become the home of First Cut! Youth Film Festival. This spectacularly sited 230-year-old riverside arts venue, is situated in the beautiful coastal town of Youghal in East Cork. The first floor performance area in Youghal’s historic town hall, has been completely renovated as a multi-purpose theatre and arts venue. The stage and performance area can be adapted to a number of uses including theatre performance, dance, concerts, readings, exhibitions, workshops and public meetings. For further information please visit

The Regal Cinema, Youghal

The Regal Cinema in Youghal, Cork opened its doors in the summer of 1936. The first film shown at the cinema was the Irving Berlin musical Top Hat, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The Regal has been an integral part of the East Cork community since its opening and many locals have spent time working there.

The Regal Cinema has recently undergone an extensive transformation. The new owners have worked hard to retain as much of the existing heritage & history of the cinema throughout the works while adding modern comforts and facilities. The cinema is of huge importance to the people of Youghal.

And to find out more about the beautiful seaside town of Youghal, please visit This website contains a wealth of information about accommodation, dining and other activities for visitors.

Best Friends of the Festival

A big thank you to the advertisers in our festival brochure – you are our besties!

  • Brookes SuperValu
  • Murphy Pharmacy
  • Clockgate Pharmacy
  • The Walter Raleigh Hotel
  • Youghal Pharmacy
  • Goodness Me
  • Motherway Accountants
  • Cal Flavins Topline
  • Youghal Socio Economic Development Ltd
  • Noel Mackey
  • Sage
  • Roma Grill
  • Go Wild Hair Salon
  • Greywood Arts

Friends of the Festival

Without the Youghal business community who support the festival and enable it to grow and thrive, the First Cut! Youth Festival would not be possible. Thank you!

  • J. Coleman Footwear
  • Alan Prim Books
  • The Coffee Pot
  • Wm. Nevilles Butcher’s Court
  • Michael Murphy Insurances
  • Doyle’s Traditional Takeaway
  • Orchid Absolute Flowers
  • The Red Store
  • The Old Imperial Hotel
  • Aherne’s Seafood Restaurant and Townhouse
  • Sean Twomey Butchers
  • Sam’s Deli
  • Kerry’s Kloset

Thank You

A very special thank you to our main funders The Arts Council of Ireland and Cork County Council, to Cork Education and Training Board, and to our sponsors Ballymaloe and Youghal Credit Union. A sincere thank you to everyone who helps make First Cut! happen.

First Cut! Youth Advisory Council

Huge gratitude to the wonderful Youth Advisory Council for their precious time, energy and ideas. The 2019 Council members are Isabella Forde, Charlotte Galvin, Freyja Hellebust, Carmel Horgan, Holly Lihou, Tara Leigh Matthews, George Lynch, Tony Lynch, Lauren Martin & Fiona Sykes..


Everybody involved in this not-for-profit festival volunteers valuable time and energy to make it happen. This year we are proud to announce that we are now a registered charity. We hope that this encourages every one of us to continue to contribute what we can to make this event a success. Thank you!

For enquiries or to become a Friend of the Festival:

T: +353 86 813 9019 E:

First Cut! Youth Film Festival is a registered charity CHY NO: 20106652