Each year, young filmmakers aged 18 and under, compete to become Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year at the Fresh Film Festival. The filmmakers will have an opportunity to see their work on the big screen in Limerick, Galway, Cork and Dublin in regional heats.
The Festival itself will be held in Limerick on the 28–31 March, which is where the winner for 2011 will be announced.
Each year the festival offers a forum for young filmmakers, workshops, screening of features and other events, with this year seeing Fresh hosting a Gaming Design workshop.
There are six judging panels: 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 RTÉ 60 second Shot Award.
Admission to the regional screenings is free but pre-booking is advised. The Limerick heat will take place on 21st March in Belltable, the Galway heat on 23rd March in Nuns‚ Island The RiverLee Hotel in Cork on the 16th March and the Leinster and Dublin heats will take place on the 22nd March in the IFI. Visit www.freshfilmfestival.net for more details.