First Cut! Cancelled

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It is with deep regret that we announce that all First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2020 screenings and events scheduled to take place between Thursday evening March 12th and Saturday March 14th have been cancelled based on the latest public health advice. This is hugely disappointing for everyone involved. The first two days of the…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Announcement

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First Cut! Youth Film Festival is closely monitoring the unfolding developments concerning the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As of March 9th, the Festival is going ahead as scheduled. Please check back for any changes to this in the coming days. We will be following and acting in response to any possible changes in government policy…

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Record Number of Entries for First Cut! 2020

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The First Cut! 2020 Open Call is now closed. This year we have received a record number of entries with films reaching us from all across Ireland and beyond. The range is broad and the standard is high. We look forward to watching all entries from independent filmmakers, schools, youth groups and colleges. A big…

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Ken Wardrop is Special Guest Filmmaker at First Cut! 2020

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We delighted to announce that renowned documentary maker Ken Wardrop will be special guest filmmaker at First Cut! 2020. Ken is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker. He is internationally renowned for creating powerfully emotional films through his uniquely intimate style. His short and feature length films have screened at many of the worlds most prestigious…

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Catch a Glimpse of First Cut! ’19

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While we’re gearing up for First Cut! 2020, check out this overview of the wonderful 2019 festival and get a sense of what First Cut! is all about… This video gives a snapshot of the people, films, events and places that made last year’s festival such a memorable one. From primary school to graduate filmmakers…

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Call Out for YMVC – Youth Music Video Competition 2020

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Calling ambitious young filmmakers aged 18-23 for a unique opportunity to kick-start your career as a director. Submissions are now open for the fifth edition of the YMVC – Youth Music Video Competition! The annual competition will once again offer 5 emerging directors the opportunity to create a music video for an up and coming…

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First Cut! 2020 Call For Short Films Now Open!

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First Cut! Youth Film Festival is thrilled to announce that submissions for the 2020 festival are now being accepted! If you are between the ages of 12 and 24, and have made a short film, we’d love to see it! Whether you are an individual filmmaker or part of a school, college or youth group,…

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First Cut! Youth Film Festival Awards 2019

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The First Cut! Youth Film Festival Awards 2019 Best Film – The Wanderings of Oisin (Rory Fitzpatrick) Cork Film Festival Award – A Bitter Sweet Deal (Paul Carey / Kurt Dean Darby) First Cut! Youth Advisory Council Award –  A Bitter Sweet Deal (Paul Carey / Kurt Dean Darby) YMVC (Youth Music Video Award) – Elena…

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Ballymaloe Announced as Lead Sponsor of First Cut!

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First Cut! Youth Film Festival marks its 10th edition with an exciting new partnership with Ballymaloe. The iconic East Cork restaurant, shop and cookery school has come on board as the lead sponsor of the four-day festival, which runs March 6-9 in the beautiful seaside town of Youghal. First Cut! is an international festival that…

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First Cut! 2019 Programme Announced

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First Cut! Youth Film Festival is thrilled to announce its 2019 programme! The festival runs Wednesday March 6th to Saturday March 9th. It culminates with the Saturday lineup, a day packed with screenings, panel discussions and other events all free and open to the public. The Open Call short film programmes, including the Spotlight Emerging…

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