Meet the 2021 First Cut! Youth Council

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The First Cut! Youth Advisory Council is a rotating group of young people who act as festival advisors each year. The group introduces a youth perspective to First Cut’s development and planning, and in return get to meet like-minded peers interested in filmmaking. The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) also take part in specially programmed workshops,…

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Wolfwalkers to Close First Cut! 2021

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First Cut! is thrilled to announce that the closing event of the 2021 festival will be a screening of the stunning Oscar and BAFTA nominated Wolfwalkers on Saturday May 8th. This magical feature from legendary animation studio Cartoon Saloon has been widely hailed as an instant classic. In it, a young apprentice hunter and her…

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First Cut! Open Call Programmes 2021

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First Cut! is delighted to announce the three programmes of short films selected from the 2021 Open Call. The New Normal: Open Call Programme 1 Sat. April 17th, 8pm The opening programme of this year’s festival is an acknowledgment that 2020 has been a year like no other. With Covid-19 ravaging the world, a ‘new…

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Puppetry for Film and Television Workshop

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An hour long workshop in puppetry for the screen for ages 14-24. Delivered over Zoom at 2pm, Saturday May 8th. This highly interactive free workshop will take participants through some basic puppetry exercises with one of Ireland’s most renowned puppeteers, Dominic Moore. It will shine a light on puppetry techniques  such as:  Synchronisation,  Movement,  lip-syncing…

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Stormtroopers: A Special Effects Workshop with Micheál Fitzgerald

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An hour-long SFX workshop for ages 12-18.  Delivered live over Zoom at 4pm, May 7th. This unique free workshop is ideal for anyone interested in building a SFX strategy for their short films. It is a production overview of acclaimed short film Stormtroopers (2018), with a special focus on special effects. The visionary Micheál Fitzgerald…

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Shaun O’Connor is First Cut! Special Guest 2021

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First Cut! Youth Film Festival is delighted to announce that Shaun O’Connor is the festival special guest for 2021. On Saturday April 24th, Shaun will be presenting his acclaimed short films A White Horse and Mary, followed by an in-depth Q&A. Shaun O’ Connor is a filmmaker whose work encompasses short films, music videos and…

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YMVC (Youth Music Video Competition) 2021 Participants Announced

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An annual highlight of First Cut! Youth Film Festival is the YMVC – Youth Music Video Competition. Since 2016, First Cut! has been partnering with cutting edge production company Feel Good Lost to give young emerging filmmakers based in Ireland the opportunity to create music videos under the mentorship of noted director Brendan Canty and other recognised industry professionals. With…

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Collage & Stop Motion Workshop with Ann Upton

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A two-day online workshop hosted via Zoom. Friday 16th & Saturday 17th April, 2-4pm both days Age Group: 18 – 24yrs Over two sessions, participants will create unexpected compositions using found photographic material, and animate their scenes frame by frame. Participants will be advised in creating an at-home stop motion shooting setup, selecting appropriate materials,…

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Get Into Filmmaking – A Film Basics Workshop

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— This workshop is now booked out — A three-day online filmmaking workshop hosted via Zoom. Wednesday 31st March, 10.30am – 1.30pm | Friday 2nd April, 10.30am – 1.30pm | Tuesday 6th April, 10.30am – 1.00pm Age Group: 14 – 18yrs First Cut! Youth Film Festival presents an online, hands-on workshop in the basics of…

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Animania: My World in Motion – Three Day Animation Workshop

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— This workshop is now booked out — Animania: My World in Motion A Three-Day Online Animation Workshop (6th, 13th & 20th March, online via Zoom) Age: Group 1: 8-12yrs | Group 2: 13-18yrs Daily Times: Group 1, 2-3.30pm & Group 2, 4-5:30pm Are you interested in learning how to create Stop Motion Animations? First…

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