YMVC – Youth Music Video Awards

Saturday 9th, 5.30pm, The Regal Cinema

First Cut! continues to partner with Feel Good Lost for the fourth 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 from up and coming Irish acts Kobina, All Tvvins, Morning Midnight, True Tides and Laoise. We are delighted to premiere these videos at this special festival event where the award for best YMVC film will be announced. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the participating filmmakers and the 2017 YMVC winner Lochlainn McKenna.

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:

Elena Horgan is a filmmaker from Cork. She has just graduated from four years of study at the National Film School, Ireland. Her latest short film, Skin Hunger, has been screened at festivals both worldwide and at home in Ireland. She hopes to continue developing her craft in New York, where she plans to move in the new year.

Robert Montgomery is currently doing a BA in Film Production. He started filmmaking at 17, making videos and films on his Iphone. After years of practice, he found a love for making music videos. He is visually driven with a strong interest in thrilling psychedelic narratives.


Eva Wyse is a writer/director from Dublin. She graduated from TCD last year with an undergrad in Film Studies and Drama Studies which included an exchange semester spent at Columbia University. Eva recently completed a masters in Screenwriting at Screen Academy Scotland. She divides her time working as the in-house production assistant at a long-established production company in Dublin and working on her own writing and filmmaking projects.

Ben Kavanagh is a Ford Quercus Creative and Performing Arts Scholar, studying Film and Screen Media in University College Cork. Ben is a director, cinematographer and editor hailing from Tralee. Ben set up his own film & media company at 15. His work has been screened at dozens of film festivals, both nationally and internationally, including Dublin, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York.

Conor McCormick is a writer/director from Drogheda, Co.Louth. He is a recent directing graduate from the National Film School in Dublin. Conor has a huge interest in heavily character driven stories.


Naomi Fagan is a writer/director from Dublin. She graduated from The National Film School at IADT in 2017. Her graduation film Jelly Baby premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh. Naomi has an interest in character driven stories with a social eye.