YMVC – Youth Music Video Awards

Saturday 28th April – 6pm

First Cut! continues to partner with Feel Good Lost for the third annual YMVC. Six outstanding young directors were selected by director Brendan Canty and producer David Lester Mooney for the opportunity to make a music video under their mentorship. Each finalist has been matched with a track and a brief from an up and coming Irish act. Our finalists will be working with tracks from Le Galaxie, Paddy Hanna, Ryan Vail, Bitch Falcon, Tim Chadwick and Pale Rivers.

We are delighted to premiere these videos at this special festival event and the award for best YMVC film will be announced.

Brendan Canty, director of Feel Good Lost, 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. Canty’s recent short For You has been nominated for a 2018 IFTA Film & Drama Award as well as winning Best Irish Short at the Kindle Sharks.


David Lester Mooney
Creative producer of award winning music videos and short films with Feel Good Lost.

The participating filmmakers are:

Alexander Kuribayashi is a Japanese-American aspiring writer/director. Currently the photographer and videographer for Dublin-based band NIMF, he has had his music videos featured in Dublin International Short Film and Music Video Festival, been awarded The Audacity Prize from Reel East Film Fest NYC, and has had his videos featured on well-known Irish Blog Nialler9.

Eleanor Rogers is a 22-year old, writer/director from Louth.

She is currently in her final year in the National Film School, IADT. She is visually and musically driven with a huge interest in unconventional coming of age stories with strong female leads.

Greg Murphy is a Cork filmmaker, writer, director and director of photography and a recent graduate from Film and Television Production at St John’s Cork. He has found his passion in both the technical and the emotional aspects of visual storytelling and is always looking for creative projects that excite him. Greg is fascinated by the challenges of cinematography and works mainly as a DP on shorts and music videos having shot his first feature film, Empire of Dirt, in 2017.

Michael Marren is a 21-year-old business student from Dublin with a strong passion for filmmaking.

Also known under the guise of ‘PHAT MEEK’, Michael looks forward to finishing up college so he can focus all his efforts on becoming a full-time filmmaker.

Sam McGrath is a 23-year old film director who has just taken the plunge into filmmaking full time. After studying Business and Economics for four years, he realized he couldn’t possibly spend his life doing something he wasn’t passionate about, and no amount of fear was going to hold him back. He moved to London to attend film school and is now constantly working on short films, music videos and comedy sketches.

Seán Sheridan is a 23-year old MA cinematography graduate with a special interest in high-energy performance music videos. Outside of his current position as technical support staff at a university, he operates as a self-shooting director/editor filming local alternative genre bands and artists.  He hopes to further develop both his cinematography and directing skills to hone his work in music videos.

Thank you to St. John’s Central College, Cork, for its support of YMVC.