Cork Young Filmmakers Schools Films Online

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The 2019/’20 Cork Young Filmmakers schools film programme can now be viewed online! The Cork Young Filmmakers (CYF) project is a series of one-day, two-day and week-long filmmaking workshops for youth groups and schools throughout County Cork. It is managed by Cork Film Centre, and funded by Cork County Council Arts Office and SECAD (South…

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First Cut! Receives an EFFE Label

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First Cut! Youth Film Festival is delighted to announce that it has received the EFFE Label 2019-2020. The EFFE Label is Europe’s quality stamp for remarkable arts festivals showing their engagement in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness. 715 festivals across Europe were awarded the EFFE Label 2017-2018. To find out…

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YMVC (Youth Music Video Award) 2020 Winner Announced + Participant Q&A

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An annual highlight of First Cut! Youth Film Festival is the YMVC – Youth Music Video Competition. Since 2016, First Cut! has been partnering with cutting edge production company Feel Good Lost to give young emerging filmmakers based in Ireland the opportunity to create music videos under the mentorship of noted director Brendan Canty and other recognised industry professionals. 2020…

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First Cut! Awards 2020 – View Award Winning Films Online!

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On Thursday 12th March following Government advice the 2020 First Cut! Festival closed after two busy days at both The Mall Arts Centre and The Regal Cinema in Youghal. Although the Covid-19 crisis sadly led to the cancellation of the final two days of First Cut! 2020, our annual awards were already selected. We are…

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First Cut! Cancelled

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It is with deep regret that we announce that all First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2020 screenings and events scheduled to take place between Thursday evening March 12th and Saturday March 14th have been cancelled based on the latest public health advice. This is hugely disappointing for everyone involved. The first two days of the…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Announcement

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First Cut! Youth Film Festival is closely monitoring the unfolding developments concerning the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As of March 9th, the Festival is going ahead as scheduled. Please check back for any changes to this in the coming days. We will be following and acting in response to any possible changes in government policy…

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Record Number of Entries for First Cut! 2020

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The First Cut! 2020 Open Call is now closed. This year we have received a record number of entries with films reaching us from all across Ireland and beyond. The range is broad and the standard is high. We look forward to watching all entries from independent filmmakers, schools, youth groups and colleges. A big…

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Ken Wardrop is Special Guest Filmmaker at First Cut! 2020

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We delighted to announce that renowned documentary maker Ken Wardrop will be special guest filmmaker at First Cut! 2020. Ken is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker. He is internationally renowned for creating powerfully emotional films through his uniquely intimate style. His short and feature length films have screened at many of the worlds most prestigious…

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Catch a Glimpse of First Cut! ’19

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While we’re gearing up for First Cut! 2020, check out this overview of the wonderful 2019 festival and get a sense of what First Cut! is all about… This video gives a snapshot of the people, films, events and places that made last year’s festival such a memorable one. From primary school to graduate filmmakers…

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Call Out for YMVC – Youth Music Video Competition 2020

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Calling ambitious young filmmakers aged 18-23 for a unique opportunity to kick-start your career as a director. Submissions are now open for the fifth edition of the YMVC – Youth Music Video Competition! The annual competition will once again offer 5 emerging directors the opportunity to create a music video for an up and coming…

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