Call For: Submissions from all Young Short Filmmakers


 Open Call for submissions from all Young Short Filmmakers 


Are you aged between 12 and 24 and interested in making movies? Then this could be the opportunity for you!

Budding young filmmakers across Ireland and abroad are invited to submit short films of all genres in an Open Call for Short Films to the 2019 First Cut! Youth Film Festival which takes place in Youghal, Co. Cork from March 6th – 9th.

Whether you are an individual filmmaker or part of a school, college or youth group, First Cut! Film Festival wants to see your work.

Every type of short film is welcome including fiction, documentary, animation and music video. Prizes will be awarded to Open Call Short Films in several categories including best film, best director, best schools’ film, best animation, best documentary, best music video and ‘Spotlight’ best film by a young adult. The First Cut! Youth Jury will also present an Award.

The deadline for submissions is fast approaching! So, if you’ve made a short film with a running time of less than 15 minutes, or think you might have one completed by January 14th 2019, get your entries in to ! It is Free to enter!


First Cut! Youth Film Festival is an annual event dedicated to showcasing new films by young film makers from across Ireland and abroad.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2019, the Festival which will take place over four days from 6-9 March, offers screenings of short films by Ireland’s youths, workshops, and talks by film industry professionals in a friendly atmosphere where young filmmakers can meet and mingle with their peers. There’s also a primary schools animation programme, and YMVC, (the very successful Youth Music Video Competition), mentored by Brendan Canty, the Cork director who had a worldwide hit with his video for Hozier’s Take Me to Church.

The festival is based at the Mall Arts Centre in the seaside town of Youghal, Co. Cork and this year for the first time, screenings and events will also be held in the state-of-the-art Regal cinema, with the most up-to-date and advanced technology available.

Commenting Mary McGrath, Festival Director of First Cut! Youth Film Festival, said, “The Festival aims to inspire creativity and involvement in the arts in young people, and encourage film as a hobby or potential career. It’s about giving young people a voice and a chance to work in a medium they are very comfortable with and clearly enjoy. Many of young people we’ve worked with over the years have gone on to work in the industry. Film is a powerful tool for self-expression. Last year we showcased an incredible selection of short film entries from all over Ireland and Internationally – comedies, music videos, dramas, documentaries and some remarkable animations, it’s amazing to see the talent out there. A free festival like this provides access and opportunity ” 

“ At First Cut! young filmmakers can gather together in a vibrant festival atmosphere for a rare chance to network and showcase their work. They can also take part in events and discussion panels hosted by film experts and receive feedback on their film. It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone- it can inspire and motivate… not everyone’s going to be an Oscar-winner, but who knows?”

Each screening is accompanied by a panel discussion with young filmmakers where young people can share their experiences and take inspiration from their peers, who have a similar passion for making films.

First Cut! Youth Film Festival receives core funding from the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Cork County Council and is supported by the business community in Youghal and by Cork Film Centre.

For more information on the festival or to submit a short film for the Open Call got to


First Cut! Film Festival in Youghal

2014 Festival Poster


The First Cut! Film Festival, Ireland’s only Pop-Up Youth Film festival, will be based in the Mall Arts Centre in Youghal this year and will run from Thursday, 27th February to Saturday, 1st March.

The First Cut! Youth Film Festival, with the support of Cork Film Centre, offers an exciting opportunity for young filmmakers, aged 12- 21 years, to gather together in a vibrant festival atmosphere for a rare chance to network and showcase their work.

As well as the screenings of works by young filmmakers, the Festival will also include workshops, performances and the rare opportunity for budding filmmakers to learn from, and engage with, professional filmmakers. Panel discussions, Q&A sessions and hands-on workshops will take place in the Mall Arts Centre and in a variety of other locations during the Festival.

The Festival will be opened by Killinascully star, Pascal Scott on Thursday evening at 6.30 pm in the Mall Arts Centre and everyone is invited! Seven short films will be shown to whet your appetite for what promises to be a great weekend of film.

Friday, is Schools Day with the focus on primary school pupils in the morning and secondary school pupils in the afternoon.

There is a full programme on Saturday for young film makers starting at 10.30 am in the Mall Arts Centre. The morning will be devoted to fictional shorts where short films will be screened and then there will be a Q&A session with Mark Cogan, writer and director, Ruth Hayes, actor, writer and director and Dan O’Connell, writer and director and lecturer on the BA in Film and Screen Media in UCC.

The afternoon sessions will kick off at 1.00 pm with a screening of animation films followed by an interactive talk by Jane Lee, award winning animation director. Then, at 3.00 pm, the session will explore the world ofdocumentary film making with Max Le Cain, filmmaker, cinephile and film critic and there will be a screening of international documentaries made by young people.

The final session starting at 5.00 pm will focus on music videos and will be hosted by Shaun O’Connor who has won awards at various festivals and has also directed numerous music videos.

There is also an Acting for Camera workshop for young people aged 12 – 21 years with Mark Cogan and Ruth Hayes. This is a great opportunity to attend a fun, on camera, interactive workshop where participants will get the opportunity to develop their communication skills. The workshop is free but participants have to book in advance through emailing firstcutfilm@gmail.comand telling them why you want to take part in the workshop.

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