Athrú Amháin! & Irish Language Programme

Wednesday March 6th, 1.15pm, The Regal Cinema

A three-part celebration of filmmaking in Irish! Athrú Amháin!/One Change! First Cut’s first filmmaking through Irish competition, returns followed by a diverse programme of shorts in Irish from the First Cut Open Call. The event is rounded out with a special screening of Irish language films from the production company Nemeton.

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 an athraithe aeráide.

First Cut! is delighted to announce the return of its filmmaking through Irish programme Athrú Amháin. This competition is an initiative for young filmmakers to make films in the Irish language that tackle the urgent topic of climate change. This year we opened this unique competition to two age groups: 12 to 14 and 15 to 18, working individually or in groups. They were invited to make and submit their one-minute-long films in the Irish language that explore environmental issues and how to make our world a more sustainable place. Any approach to this theme was welcome.

All films made as part of Athrú Amháin are screened today, the competition winners will be announced.

In addition, this year, we piloted four in-person workshops with Coláiste Ghobnatan – Baile Mhic Íre, Coláiste an Phiarsaigh – Glanmire, Pobalscoil na Tríonóide – Youghal and Gaelscoil an Ghoirt Álainn – Mayfield.

These workshops were led by filmmakers Seamus O Suilleabháin and Máire Ní Dhuinnín, working with Chris Hurley, Cork Film Centre and Lisa McDonald, First Cut Athrú Amháin 2024 Coordinator. The participants were invited to write, shoot and edit a short film in just one school day, while working in the Irish language and learning about Climate change.

Seamus O Suilleabháin is an award-winning Irish filmmaker. Born in gCúil Aodha, Seamus works within the Irish language to produce his work, constantly working to promote and preserve its usage. He now works in with Nemeton, in the Gaeltacht na n’Déise, producing programs for TG4 and RTE. thraíonn réimse leathan cláracha do TG4 agus RTE.

Máire Ní Dhuinnín is the director of Léiriú Súgradh Teo, which specialises in events and media production, The company specialises in short-form video productions , in particular for Molscéal TG4, TG4 Foghlaim and Údarás na Gaeltachta.

In addition, free on-demand and specially made short filmmaking workshops, from Arran Bradstock were made available to all participating young people and groups. Arran is a Cork filmmaker and musician. He completed an MA in Experimental Sound Practice at UCC and is currently working on a practice-based PhD in Composition where his focus is producing experimental films.

Irish Language Shorts
First Cut’s celebration of the popularity of Irish language filmmaking continues with a diverse programme of shorts in Irish from the First Cut Open Call.

Imithe (Meánscoil San Nioclás)
Spárálai Scáile (Meánscoil San Nioclás)
Gnó an Rí (Malachaí Ó Ciardhubháin)
Comhaontú (Mary O’Leary)
Numb (Reuben Armstrong)
Homofónia (Luke K. Murphy)
An Bhabóg Bheo (The Living Doll) (Katie McElligott Ryan)


The progamme concludes with a special presentation of films from the Nemeton training course. Nemeton is a production company with a difference. Their HQ is in Waterford and their Scottish base is in Glasgow. Their collective Celtic spirit makes them an unconventional blend of passionate creatives, savvy techies and confident dealmakers. They produce great content for TV and the web, deliver content via satellite & streaming and we train and educate people in all of this.

Filmmaker Lia Nic Craith will introduce this programme, present her film Ultra and say a few words about her inspiration and making it on the Nemeton training course and her role now production managing a successful Nemeton TV series.

Coimhlint Chroí (Fiona Ni Chiadhra)
Ultra (Lia Nic Craith)
Siondróm Sonas  (Seán Dowd)