Animation plays a major part in First Cut! Youth Film Festival. Each year, the first day of the festival is completely dedicated to animation. This is also the day that the festival engages with primary school age audiences. Nothing conveys the magic of cinema like animation which is why First Cut! uses it to introduce our youngest audiences to the fun of filmmaking. In the run-up to the festival, a series of hands-on animation workshops are held in schools for 205 primary school students in Youghal and surrounding areas. The premiere of the films made during these workshops forms the centrepiece of the animation day’s screenings.

In 2020, pupils from from Bunscoil Mhuire, South Abbey National School, Gaelscoil Choráin, Clonpriest National School, Kyle National School, Park National School and the secondary school Pobalscoil na Trionoide participated in the First Cut! animation workshops. These workshops were facilitated by Paper Panther and made possible through the generous support of Cork County Council and Youghal Credit Union.

Paper Panther is a Dublin based animation studio that has been facilitating animation workshops and classes with students aged one to sixty at home and abroad since 2010. They have been animating for the past 10 years on short films, commercials and TV series, as well as working in illustration and education.

As well as the workshop film premieres, animation day audiences are treated to enchanting presentations by professional animators who demonstrate the inner workings of their craft. The day concludes with a popular animation feature carefully selected to show the best of recent animation.

The full 2020 programme can be read here.