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First Cut! Youth Film Festival are now accepting entries for the First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2017 open submission short film programme – submit your film free of charge.

Now in its eighth year, First Cut! Youth Film Festival, April 27-29, showcases short films made by young filmmakers over three days packed with screenings, workshops, and talks by film industry professionals. It provides a valuable opportunity for young people to network and share their passion for making films with a wide group of like-minded people. Every type of film is screened: fiction, documentary, animation, music video and more.

This year First Cut! invites short films in a range of categories made by individuals or groups in youth or arts groups, in secondary schools, PLC’s and third level colleges. A special ‘Schools Day’ will take place on Friday 28th April dedicated to screening films made in secondary schools in acknowledgement of the sheer amount and quality of film making taking place now throughout Ireland, for many young people it is where they get the initial chance to make a film and indeed the opportunity in many cases to hone their craft.


To find out how to submit your film, visit our Open Call page at


Looking for funding?  Want to submit your work to festivals? Keep an eye on upcoming deadlines here


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