Youghal: The Home of First Cut!
Youghal, the most easterly town in Co. Cork, is known to be a gem in Ireland’s Ancient East. It is also the home of First Cut! Youth Film Festival. This beautiful seaside town, packed with historical interest, has been host to the festival since 2014. In that time, it has become far more than just a festival venue – it is part of the very fabric of First Cut! The massive support from Youghal audiences and the hugely generous local business sponsorship that the festival receives year after year is matched only by the consistent participation of Youghal’s wonderful young people as volunteers, festival goers and, in many cases, budding filmmakers. This is the grassroots lifeblood of First Cut!
Youghal || Drone footage || DJI Phantom 4 by James Mc Carthy
The Festival has been based in two main Youghal venues:
The Mall Arts Centre
The Mall Arts Centre is a spectacularly sited 230-year-old riverside arts venue. The first floor performance area in Youghal’s historic town hall has been completely renovated as a multi-purpose theatre and arts venue. The stage and performance area can be adapted to a number of uses including film, theatre performance, dance, concerts, readings, exhibitions, workshops and public meetings. For further information please visit: themallartscentre.com
The Regal Cinema
The Regal Cinema opened its doors in the summer of 1936. The first film shown at the cinema was the Irving Berlin musical Top Hat, starring Fred Astaire and Ginder Rogers. The Regal has been an integral part of the East Cork community since its opening and many locals have spent time working there. It has recently undergone and extensive transformation. The new owners have worked hard to retain as much of the existing heritage and history of the cinema throughout the works while adding modern comforts and facilities. The cinema is of huge importance to the people of Youghal. regalcinema.ie
And to find out more about Youghal, please visit youghal.ie This website contains a wealth of information about accommodation, dining and other activities for visitors.
First Cut! Friends & Sponsors 2023
A big thank to the local businesses that have advertised in our 2022 festival brochure – you are our besties!
Youghal Rotary Club
Brookes of Youghal SuperValu
Youghal Sports & Leisure Bike Shop
The Walter Raleigh Hotel
Sage Café and Deli
C.G Motherway Accountants
The Red Store
Doyle’s Traditional Takeaway
Murphy’s Insurances Youghal Ltd
Alan Prim Books
Noel Mackey & Sons
The support of the local business community is hugely appreciated by the festival, without their support First Cut! would not be possible. To become a friend of the festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +353 86 813 9019.
A very special thank you to our main funders The Arts Council of Ireland and Cork County Council, to Cork Education and Training Board, to Cork Credit Unions sponsors of the TikTok Filmmaking Competition, our ‘Animania’ sponsors Youghal Credit Union, and our festival partner Cork International Film Festival.
A sincere thank you to everyone who helps make First Cut! happen.
First Cut! Youth Advisory Council
Huge gratitude to the wonderful Youth Advisory Council for their precious time, energy and ideas. The 2023 Council members are: Emma Caplice, Adrian Corzo, Aislinn Cuffe, Mark Delaney, Muireann Forde, George Lynch, Thomas McNamara, Liam O’Leary, Kyra Owers, Dylan Shortt, Sadbh Tighe, Nora Twomey.
The First Cut! Team
Mary McGrath – Festival Director; Úna Feely – Festival Producer; Max Le Cain – Programme Manager; Ronan O’Toole – Project Manager; Jessica Bonenfant – YMVC Coordinator; Karen McCabe – Administrator; Ayşegül Yüzel – Volunteer Coordinator; Casey Walsh – Social Media; Tara Murphy – Festival Strategy Consultant; Chris Hurley – Technical Consultant; Ayoola Smart – Festival Patron
Everybody involved in this not-for-profit festival volunteers valuable time and energy to make it happen. Thank you!
For enquiries or to become a Friend of the Festival:
T: +353 86 813 9019 E: email@example.com
First Cut! Trustees
Linda Curtin, John McCarthy, Kate O’Connor, Toirdealbhach Ó Lionáird.
First Cut! Youth Film Festival is a registered charity CHY NO: 20106652