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Tá Athrú Amháin ar Ais!

First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2024 Filmmaking Through Irish Competition

Tá áthas ar First Cut! a fhógairt go bhfuil an chlár scannánaíochta trí Ghaeilge Athrú Amháin ar ais. Tionscnamh atá sa chomórtas seo do scannánóirí óga chun scannáin a dhéanamh i nGaeilge a théann i ngleic le hábhar práinneach an athraithe aeráide agus scannáin nóiméad amháin a chruthú a dhíríonn ar réitigh.Welcome to Athrú Amháin 2024!

We are delighted to announce the return of this innovative filmmaking through Irish programme Athrú Amháin thanks to the support of The Arts Council and Cork County Council.This competition is an initiative for young people to make films in the Irish language that tackle the urgent topic of climate change and create up to two-minute-long films that focus on solutions.

We are opening this exciting competition to two age groups: 12 to 14 and 15 to 18. Working individually or in groups you are invited to make a short film in the Irish language that explores climate change and how to make our world a more sustainable place.

Any approach to this theme is welcomed: documentary, drama, animation or even comedy. The important thing is that your short films have

a) an Irish Language element with sub-titles where it is spoken and can include for example Irish poetry or music


b) have a genuine perspective on climate change and represent young people’s views and feelings on an issue that is so important to everyone.


STEP 1 is to register as an individual or group. You can do this now by completing an Expression of Interest Form which is available on this LINK.

Táimid anseo chun cabhrú leat. When we receive your Expression of Interest we will immediately email you a free Support Pack with access to free online Filmmaking Workshops, inspirational films and ideas and suggestions for planning your film.

Then all you have to do is send your film, up to 2 minutes long, to us at before Friday March 1st.

An exciting Screening and Awards Event will take place in The Regal Cinema, Youghal on Wednesday 6th March 2024.All filmmakers will be invited to this free event. If you would like more information or have any questions, please email

Last year’s programme was a tremendous success with the selected films screening to hundreds of people across the festival in Youghal.

The rip-roaring success of Colm Bairéad’s debut feature An Cailín Ciúin, which was nominated for two BAFTAs and a Best International Feature Film Academy Award, has sent ripples of optimism through the world of film in Ireland, most especially for those working in Irish language film.

“I don’t think Irish is a dying language, but I get scared when I see that most people around me can’t speak it. Making films in Irish makes me have more hope for it.” – Muireann Carty director of First Cut! Youth Film Festival Best Irish Language Film 2023: Gan Tadhall.

DEADLINE REMINDER: The deadline for completing your Expression of Interest Form is Saturday 27th January. Your finished films must be submitted by Friday 1st March. Screening and Awards Event: The Regal Cinema, Youghal on Wednesday 6th March 2024.