The Programme at a Glance

Welcome to the First Cut 2024 programme!

Audiences are invited to the beautiful seaside town of Youghal for the 15th edition of FCYFF! This six-day programme of events includes short films from all over Ireland and abroad, as well as features, workshops, conversations with some of the leading filmmakers in Ireland and much more. FCYFF also offers a parallel online programme of international shorts that can be enjoyed all over the world. All events are free of charge!

Monday March 4th & Tuesday March 5th

Animania – A Day of Animation!
10am, The Regal Cinema

Animation plays a major part in First Cut! Youth Film Festival because nothing conveys the magic of cinema like animation. That’s why we open the festival every year with an event dedicated to animation for a local primary school audience. A packed programme of workshop films, shorts and a feature presentation. Full details here.

The Regal Cinema

Intinn, meaning ‘mind’ or ‘way of thinking’ is a film and mental health programme offering Transition Year students the opportunity to explore mental health, personal well-being and strategies of resilience through film, and well-being workshops led by youth mental health specialists. Full details here.

Wednesday March 6th

Schools & Youth Groups Open Call
10.30 am, The Regal Cinema

Secondary schools and youth groups are where many young people get their first chance to make a film. This programme showcases the quality and variety of films made in schools and youth groups throughout Ireland. Full details here.

Athrú Amháin! & Irish Language Programme
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. Full details here.

Thursday March 7th & Friday March 8th

Cork Young Filmmakers
The Regal Cinema

For the past sixteen years, the Cork Young Filmmakers (CYF) programme has been bringing hands-on filmmaking workshops annually to hundreds of young people throughout County Cork. This screening showcases films made in schools during 2023/24 by the creative young people participating in these workshops, which give them a first-hand opportunity to express themselves through film. Full details here.

Thursday March 7th

Family Animation Screening
6.30pm, The Regal Cinema

An opportunity for participants in the Animania schools workshops to share their films with family and friends. These shorts are followed by our magical feature presentation, A Greyhound of a Girl. Full details here.

Friday March 8th

Youghal Connections
7pm, The Regal Cinema

An evening of inspiring short films followed by a thought-provoking Q&A with the filmmakers. Youghal Connections brings together wonderful stories firmly rooted in Ireland and linked together by the seaside town of Youghal. Full details here.

Saturday March 9th

Open Call Programmes
10.30am, The Regal Cinema Screen 1

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

Future Lens
Throughout the day, The Regal Cinema

In February 2024, artist Andrew McSweeney led a workshop with young people from First Cut’s Youth Advisory Council in how existing and new digital formats can be experienced through virtual reality along with their importance associated with scanning and preserving our environment. The resulting VR work from this innovative session will be on display throughout the day. Full details here.

Cork International Film Festival Shorts
1.30pm, The Regal Cinema Screen 2

Cork International Film Festival partners with First Cut! every year to curate a programme of Irish and international shorts for FCYFF.  Full details here.

2pm, The Regal Cinema Screen 1

First Cut is committed to hearing the voices of young people of every background. Fusion is a diverse screening of short films made in youth programmes from across the country. Full details here.

Different Frames: Visions of Experimental Film – Special Guest Panel
3.40pm, The Regal Cinema Screen 1

Different Frames brings together a distinguished panel of filmmakers and curators to explore the boundless possibilities of alternative forms of filmmaking from distinctive points of view. Outside of the usual patterns of film storytelling there dwells a vast cinematic palette that falls under the loose category of ‘experimental’. This eye-opening panel featuring visual artist Asha Murray, filmmakers Bob Gallagher and Maximilian Le Cain, and curator Daniel Fitzpatrick, will provide four inspiring insights into what film can be when seen through a different frame. Full details here.

4.45pm, The Regal Cinema Screen 1

Spotlight is First Cut’s open call programme celebrating the vision of emerging filmmakers of third level age. Some are in film courses, some are working independently but all are significant upcoming talents to watch for in the future. Full details here.

YMVC – Youth Music Competition
6.30pm, The Regal Cinema Screen 1

First Cut! continues to partner with award-winning director Brendan Canty for the seventh annual YMVC, a unique professional mentorship programme, which hothouses young film talent. Five outstanding young filmmakers were selected in 2023 by directors Brendan Canty and Bob Gallagher for the opportunity to make a music video under their mentorship. This event showcases these videos. Full details here.

Awards Ceremony
8pm, The Regal Cinema Screen 1

The 2024 First Cut! Youth Film Festival Awards will be announced and presented! Full details here.

Monday March 4th – Sunday March 24th

First Cut! International

First Cut! International is an online platform that offers screenings showcasing the best short films by young filmmakers from all over the world. Full details here.