Earlier today, Wednesday 24th March, at a ceremony in Storm Cinemas, Castletroy, Limerick, as part of Fresh Film Festival the winner of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker 2010 was announced. The award went to Seán Conroy of Blackrock in Dublin for his film Dystopia, which dramatises the rise of a dictatorship from economic collapse in Ireland.
The judges were quite astounded by this film and taken by its professional edge, with no compromise on any area of production. From script, to art direction, direction of performance, location selection and the sheer scale of the production there was little doubt in the judges’ minds that they will be seeing more from this talented young man.
Fresh Film Festival has been running for the past 13 years and has gone from strength to strength. Each year the festival is host to the premier accolade in Ireland for filmmakers aged 18 and under and also offers a forum for young filmmakers, workshops and exhibitions, screening of features and other events. As well as the overall Ireland’s Young Filmmaker title, awards were presented in six categories: The senior Ireland’s Young Filmmaker Awards panel (13–18 years), The Junior Ireland’s Young Filmmaker Awards Panel (7–12 years), The Brownbag Animation Award panel, The Radharc Documentary Award Panel, the International Young Filmmaker and the RTÉ 60 second Shot Award.
For the full list of the recipients of the Ireland’s Young Filmmaker Awards for 2010, please click here.