Schools Screenings

Two full days of the 2018 First Cut! Youth Film Festival are dedicated to student filmmakers in secondary schools. This is double the time given to schools films in previous years and a recognition of the sheer quality and amount of filmmaking taking place in schools throughout Ireland. Secondary school is where many young people get their initial chance to make a film and it is also where, in many cases, budding filmmakers get to start honing their craft.

Every year the standard and number of films submitted to us from schools through the short film open call gets higher. 2018 saw a record number of schools entries and we open Thursday with our selection of the best of these.

Schools Open Call Programme

Thursday 26th April – 10.30am

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

This programme includes two guest films from the Donal Walsh Live Life film competition made with the life-affirming theme: ‘Take My Hand’.

When The Fat Girl Gets Skinny

Gender Roles (Midleton College)
Small Fish, Big Problem (Regina Mundi College, Cork)
The Wave (Regina Mundi College, Cork)
Detention (Young Irish Filmmakers/Our Lady of Mercy, Waterford)
Diary of a Victim (Terence McSwiney Community College, Cork)
A League of Their Own (Terence McSwiney Community College, Cork)
Quick Boost Advertisement (Colaiste Chiarain, Croom)
Filter (Colaiste Chiarain, Croom)
Staring 3 (Colaiste Chiarain, Croom)
Swallows (Lyceum of Kythira, Greece)
Library Ludicrous (Young Irish Filmmakers/Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles)
Balls (Oscar Cahalane, Carrigtwohill Community School)
Like a Doll (Dragojle Jarnevic Primary School, Croatia)
A Design for Life (Glucksman Gallery/St Angela’s College, Cork)
Take My Hand (Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School, Tralee)
Hotel Sans Abri (Kaytlann Barry, Fís na hÓige)
Before Things Changed (Phillipp Schelpen/Hana Macklin, Largy College, Co. Monaghan)
When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny (Eoghan Courtney, Largy College, Co. Monaghan)
Word of Mouth (Ben Kavanagh)

Panel Discussion: Young people from Largy College, Co. Monaghan and Colaiste Chiarain, Croom, Co. Limerick discuss their films and their experience of making them.

Cork Film Centre City Workshop Films

Thursday 26th April – 1.30pm

Programme introduced by Rossa Mullin (CEO of Film in Cork)

Cork Film Centre, as part of its ongoing work in supporting young filmmakers, provided one-day workshops in a variety of secondary schools and to youth groups. Through these hands on workshops, which took place in Cork City during 2017/2018, young people got a first-hand opportunity to express themselves through film.


Banana (Gaelcholáiste Mhuire)
Killer Glasses (Activate Youth Theatre)
Samhlaíocht (Colaiste Daibheid)
Flicker (Cork Educate Together Secondary School)
The Chase (The Glucksman Gallery)
The Game (Youth Work Ireland)
Skips (St Joseph’s Youth Programme)
Ghost Writer (Ursuline Secondary School)
Mystery (Ursuline Secondary School)
Living Dead (Ursuline Secondary School)
Silent Witness (Ursuline Secondary School)
Scary Doll (North Presentation Secondary School)
Re-Offenders (North Presentation Secondary School)
Dim and Dimmer (North Presentation Secondary School)
New Girls (St Patrick’s College)
Dolled Up (St Patrick’s College)
Nursery Crimes (St Patrick’s College)

Panel Discussion: Young people from Ursuline Secondary School and North Presentation Secondary School will discuss the process of making their films.