Call For: Submissions for 2018 Youth Music Video Competition

Calling Ambitious Young Filmmakers aged 18-23 – a unique opportunity to kick-start your career as a director.

Youth Music Video Competition is open nationally and invites applications.

How to Enter:

–    Email the following to: before 5pm February 28th

–    Write 200 words telling us about you, your background, and why you want to be a filmmaker.

–    Send us a link to your best piece of work to-date.

–    Include you contact details and your date of birth.

–    You can apply on your own or in duos.

The selected filmmakers will take part in a hands-on workshop with Feel Good Lost on Saturday March 24th in Cork.

Using their extensive knowledge of the Irish music scene and network of musicians, Feel Good Lost arrange for five musical artists to submit a track to the competition. Each track is carefully curated to a director based on their style of directing and briefs are tailor made for each director and with input from the artists. So far acts such as Daithí, Meltybrains?, Rusangano Family and The Academic have submitted tracks.Every style of music video is encouraged, be it narrative or experimental, live action or animation, or any combination of these.

Participants will experience the same process that happens in the industry. Each filmmaker will submit a treatment document explaining their idea, and with on-going mentoring and support from Feel Good Lost, they make the video. In addition to making an amazing video, the competition builds confidence and helps directors improve in areas that need improving.

All five videos will be screened at the 2018 First Cut! Festival on Saturday 28th April 2018.  One stand-out filmmaker will be presented with an award. Once the video is finished, the artist will decide if they want this to be the official video for the track. The goal is for the artist to get a music video that they are happy with, and for the director to get their video on their reel. But either way it’s a win / win situation for everyone.

Feel Good Lost is a multi-discipline creative company that makes cutting edge film, art and music. Brendan Canty, director of FGL, is best known for the phenomenally successful video for Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’, which was voted Video of the Year by the Irish Times and nominated for two MTV VMA awards. Canty’s recent short “For You” has been nominated for a 2018 IFTA Film & Drama Award aswell as winning Best Irish Short at the Kindle Sharks. To find out more about Feel Good Lost, visit their official website:

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Feel Good Lost Filmmakers Competition





This Young Filmmaker/Director Competition for aspiring filmmakers, in partnership with Feel Good Lost is a new and exciting opportunity. If you are a talented young filmmaker looking for a break in the exciting world of film then enter here.

The 7th edition of First Cut! Youth Film Festival is now inviting young filmmakers/directors, on their own or in duos, to apply for a place in this competition. They are inviting proposals, no longer than 200 words telling them why you want to be a filmmaker. ‘Tell us a little about yourself, where you are from, why did you want to be a movie director? When did you know it was what you wanted to do? how you became involved in filmmaking’ invites the Festival Director. ‘We want young filmmakers to showcase their skills to us by sending us a link to their best piece of work. This includes all genres and styles, and can be a music video, but not necessarily’.

Five talented young filmmakers will be chosen to get to experience the reality of creating an exciting music video under the mentorship of renowned directors Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson, directors of Hozier’s Take Me to Church and recently nominated for two MTV VMA nominations.

Feel Good Lost directors will provide hands-on training and mentoring opportunities to 5 outstanding young emerging directors age 16 to 21. Those selected will take part in a workshop where they meet Feel Good Lost Director Brendan. Mentoring and support will be provided by both Canty and Thomson.

“Short films are a beautiful art form which I urge you as young filmmakers to keep making. But I strongly encourage you to try your hand at telling these stories or making your visuals through music videos as it is the best and fastest way to learn, develop and get noticed as a young director” says Canty, who was selected as one of the most creative people in Ireland by the Irish Times.


‘The First Cut! Youth Film Festival has announced it has teamed up with Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost to give young up-and-coming filmmakers the opportunity develop their filmmaking skills with mentorship from these local successful film directors.’ said Mary Mc Grath, festival manager.

Each year First Cut!, with the invaluable core support of the Arts Council and Cork County Council, sets out to support these up and coming filmmakers and celebrate the hard work that they put into making their short films. ‘In particular in the current climate we want to encourage young people’s involvement in the arts and maybe provide another pathway into the Irish film industry which has grown hugely over the last decade. The festival sets out to give a voice to talented young filmmakers from County Cork and further afield, showcasing their inspiring short films.’ said the festival manager.

The panel of judges will consist of Brendan Canty, Conal Thomson, Stevie G (Red FM) and Eoin French (Talos). All styles of filmmaking are encouraged; from narrative to experimental, animation to live action and everything in between.

To coincide with the 2016 First Cut! Youth Film Festival, April 21-23, young filmmakers/ directors are invited to apply for a place. 5 young filmmakers will be selected and invited/asked to create a music video for an act selected by Feel Good Lost. Finally all 5 films will be screened on Saturday 23rd April at the Festival‘s main screening day and an award will be presented to the selected best music video.

The ‘Young Music Video Competition’ is now open for entries. The deadline for entry is Monday 29th February 2016. Contact


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Deadline Approaches for Youth Film Festival


Here’s a chance for young filmmakers, age 12-24, to be part of a very exciting national and international Youth Film Festival which is supported by the Arts Council and Cork County Council.

First Cut! 2015 is again dedicated to screening short films made by young people.

So if you have a film click  Entry Form  to download the form and submit your film on line using  We Transfer with your completed Entry Form and send to Cork Film Centre, before January 9th and you could see your film included in the 2015 Festival programme.