In this special Young Irish Film Makers at Dublin International Film Festival podcast, 5 young critics interview 2 filmmakers whose shorts screened at this year’s festival.


Chloe O’Malley and Assil Ksiksi interview Ciaran Maggin, whose film Screamer screened at the the festival.
Adelaide Kane, Fionn O’Mahony and Pia Roycroft interview Hannah Mamalis, whose film Baby Steps scooped the Shorts Audience Award at the festival.


YIFM – Young Irish Film Makers

Dublin International Film Festival


The impulsive and rebellious Jamie goes on a hunt for fireworks to relive a lost memory and repair a broken relationship.

Baby Steps

Baby Steps follows Em, a young woman who is 7 months pregnant and has little to no connection to the baby growing inside her. Presented with an outdated and vaguely misogynistic tape from her father entitled ‘How to Connect with your Unborn Child’, Em attempts to follow the instructions in the hopes that they will lead her to some form of greater understanding. Though the process itself is an unmitigated disaster throughout, she does inevitably find catharsis when she discovers that her mother (recently deceased) also listened to the tape when she was pregnant with Em and left a message.


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