Open Call 2022

First Cut welcomes short films of every genre by young people from Ireland and abroad. The skill and imagination of young filmmakers shines through in the diverse and entertaining films that make up these programmes.

Programme 1
Saturday 12th, 10am
The Mall Arts Centre

No Escape (Adrian Corzo)
Imagine (Andrea Corazza)
Aisling & Michelle (Adam Jones)
How To (Manos Ladas)
A Robot and a Mirror (Levi Numann)
Sirius #96: They Don’t Believe Me (Rafael Pieters/Elisheva van Woudenberg)
El Reciclaje (Lautaro Gamarra/Gerardo Flores)
Asset of Teeth (Róisín Leavy-Sahin)
Saint Brigid (James Halpin)
Amazing People (Patrick O’Connor-Mason)
The Oubliette (Max Hendrickson)
The Fault in Our Cult (Cedric Stohr)
For the Birds (County Wexford Youth Film Project)
Slasher (Conor Carberry/County Wexford Youth Film Project)
Dear Human (Nina Lukos)

Programme 2
Saturday 12th, 11.30
The Mall Arts Centre

Human (Aoife Rees)
The Blind Date Show (Young Irish Filmmakers)
Antling (Brisa Relos, Antonella Luna, Melany Soraire & Brenda Vidaurre)
Lockdown (Diego Marcellino)
Dinner (Emilia Zolek)
Wing (Muirinn Carty)
Phone Stoned (Sophie Mangan)
25 (Ryan McDonnell)
A Sad Excuse For a Teenage Girl (Aoife Rees)
Airbag (Dylan Shortt)
Understand My Mind (Caoimhe McGrath)
Horror at Drishane (Nanette McCartney)


Panel Discussion:
Róisín Leavy-Sahin, Aoife Rees, Dylan ShorttNanette Mc Cartney and Faith Akinbote (actor from Horror at Drishane) will discuss their work in a Q&A moderated by Therese Dalton, the County Wexford Youth Film Project Coordinator.

The Open Call programme includes Horror at Drishane, a film made by a group of young people living at Drishane Direct Provision Centre in Millstreet, Co.Cork. This film was made as part of a hands-on workshop series presented by First Cut! in which training, support and mentorship were provided by actor Ayoola Smart and filmmakers Elena Horgan and Megan Murphy.

Ayoola Smart is First Cut! Festival’s Patron. Hailing from Schull, Co.Cork, Ayoola is a familiar face on TV and cinema screens, having acted in a host of well known shows and movies including; Juliet Naked alongside Ethan Hawke, the BBC drama Death in Paradise, and she currently stars in RTÉ’s Smother. Elena Horgan is Cork County Council Filmmaker-In-Residence with support from Creative Ireland and the Arts Council, having secured the role following a competitive open call. Elena is a recent graduate in Film and TV Production from the National Film & TV School at Dun Laoghaire Institute Of Art Design + Technology. Megan Murphy is a documentary filmmaker based in Cork. Her love is observational documentary focused on social issues. She has recently began studying psychology with the belief that art is powerful tool in mental health.

This film is part of a series of activities and events Ayoola and Elena are presenting that promote visibility, diversity and inclusion in filmmaking for young people from all backgrounds, particularly those who face barriers in getting involved in the artform due to economic and social inequality. First Cut! is committed to promoting and celebrating filmmaking for all young people.