Friday, October 1, 2010

First Cut Programme

To obtain a copy of the gala weekend programme, please contact Mary at

Friday, September 24, 2010

Change to Festival Programme

Please Note: Change to Festival Workshop Programme

The Beacon Hill Film Project has had to cancel their Workshop at the Festival. Will Sadler, their Project Manager, sends apologies.

We are really sorry that they have had to cancel and hope to link up with them at another time.

And so the choice of 2nd Workshop @ 3.20pm is Ayman Scuffins or Patrick O Shea.
Please let us know in advance: or 0868139019

More great photos taken during the shooting of Summer Project Films in Midleton Adoptation and Stone Soup.

Thanks to Evia Vanaga, Ballincollig and Gavin Curley, Youghal !

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

First Cut! Festival Programme

First Cut Youth Film Festival 2010

Saturday October 2

County Hall, Cork

2 - 8pm

A fun-packed day of screenings and film-related workshops!

Young people attending will have the opportunity of participating in three workshops.

1) Fresh Film Festival presentation (for everyone attending)


2) Leeds Young Film Festivals’ 2010 National Young Filmmakers Award Winners’ Beacon Hill Film Project. 'The Pirate and the Mermaid'


Presentation by young, Mallow based filmmaker Ayman Scruffins on his feature film Cassie and the Crystals


Presentation by established, Cork-based filmmaker Patrick O'Shea

(Participants should choose from one of these three workshops, which will run at the same time. Please email to let us know which workshop you'd like to attend)


3) Animation presentation with Jane Lee (for everyone attending)

Followed by the annual gala screening of all First Cut films made over the past year!

Information on Workshops

Animation with Jane Lee:

JANE LEE is an animator / director based in Cork who heads her own production company, Paper Plane Creations. Recent short films include Revelations (commissioned byThe Irish Film Board), Bare ( commissioned by the Irish Film Board, the Arts Council and RTÉ, ) and The Demon Within. Jane's work can be seen on her website -

Fresh Film Festival:

The FRESH FILM FESTIVAL is a national film festival for young people, aged between 7 and 18, which takes place in Limerick each year. The Fresh Film Festival grew out of a need for a specific film festival for young people that would firstly assess their needs and then develop a programme that would suit their requirements. The festival is committed to the creation of a strong film culture in Ireland which it feels can be achieved by having film-making and film education freely accessible to young people. Jayne Foley, Fresh Film Festival director, will present thisn workshop.

Beacon Hill Film Project:

BEACON HILL FILM PROJECT, film 'The Pirate and the Mermaid' won the National Young Filmmakers Award this year (14-19 category) at Leeds Young Film Festival. The Beacon Hill Film Project is a group of young people with learning disabilities and autism who, with support, make their own films from script to screen. They also make the props, design the costumes and compose the music. This year, in addition to winning the National Young Filmmakers Award, the project has also won a First Light Award for Best Original Music (composed by the young people) which was awarded by David Arnold, composer of the recent James Bond Films. Their work has also been featured at Encounters, and on Saturday 4th September, the project won the National Lottery Award for “Best Arts Project”, broadcast live on BBC One to an audience of around 2.2 million viewers.

Ayman Scruffins:

Cassie and the Crystals is an epic high fantasy film written, directed and produced by young Mallow man AYMAN SCRUFFINS. Ayman who is a talented all rounder, has run a host of projects with young people in Mallow, including The Street Girls Dance Show (2009), Malla Mia Musical (2009) and The Fantasy Dance Show (2010). This is his second film after the runaway success of ‘The Key of Troplem’ in 2008 which was screened in the Gate cinema in Cork. These projects were run by Ayman and a group of fellow volunteers under the guise of ‘Spotlight’, a youth group set up in 2006 by Youth Work Ireland CDYS based in the Mallow Youth Centre.

Patrick O'Shea:

PATRICK O’SHEA is an award-winning film maker who studied Film & Communications in the Dublin Institute of Technology from 1995 to 1999. He was Head of Operations for the Future TV Media Centre in Dublin for the year 2000, after which he moved to Luxembourg and worked in the film studios of Carousel Pictures and Deluxe Productions. He has written, directed and produced numerous short films and promo videos. His short film ‘Revenge’ was broadcast on RTÉ 2 (Ireland’s national broadcaster) and his short horror film, ‘The Sign’ (2008), premiered at the Cork International Film Festival in 2008 and played as part of Spike Lee’s Babelgum Online Film Festival 2009. His short film ‘Penny’, screened at the Cork, Waterford and Clones Film Festivals in 2008. ‘Penny’ won the Prize for ‘Best Drama’ at the Corona International Fastnet Short Film Festival 2009. It recently screened on RTÉ as part of its Short Screen series. His latest short film, ‘Tunnel’, has screened at the Cork International Film Festival, Electric Picnic, The Galway Fringe Fleadh and at Underground Cinema in 2009. He is currently in post-production with his debut feature film, 'Tree Keeper' which was shot during the summer of 2010. Patrick is the writer, director and producer of 'Tree Keeper'. Go to for more information.nPatrick O'Shea will screen and talk about the making of his short films 'Penny', 'The Sign' and 'Tunnel'. He will particularly concentrate on aspects of no budget, guerilla film-making.

Screening Programme

Glannormal Activity (Glanmire Community School)

Der Leben Narkotisch (Killeagh CDYS Club)

Tick-Tock ( Carrigaline Youth Project)

I'm a Student, Get Me Out of Here! (St Coleman's, Midleton)

Body Bag (St. Aloysius,Carrigtwohill)

News Stalk (Pobalscoil na Trionoide, Youghal)

Cursed Phones ( Youthreach Youghal)

Cousins Inch (Killeagh Foroige Club)

The Janitor (Youghal Youth Project)

Crazy in Love (Ballincollig Community School)

Hooked (Cobh Youth Services)

Strained Activities (St Peter's, Passage West)

Not the 10 O'Clock News (Glanmire Community School)

Adoptation ('Make a Film in a Week' summer project)

Stone Soup ('Make a Film in a Week' summer project)

Teachers’ Pet (Glanmire Youth Project)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Summer Stills!

With the fun-packed day of screenings, workshops and presentations in the County Hall now only a month away, we take a quick glance back at the First Cut! Make A Film In A Week summer event which took place in Midleton this June. These films, Stone Soup and Adoptation, will be among the many First Cut! films to be screened at the County Hall this October 2nd...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Date Finalised for First Cut! Film Festival

Saturday October 2nd has been confirmed as the date for this year's First Cut! Film Festival.

It will again take place at Cork County Hall and feature a gala screening of all films shot in the 2009/'10 First Cut! Project as well an exciting selection of other youth film related workshops and events. Watch this space for updates!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

First Draft Short Story Writing Competition

We are inviting short story/script submissions for our First Draft Short Story Writing Competition.
This competition is linked directly to the First Cut! Film Project.
You are invited to submit a short story, which you feel can be adapted easily to film, and which may be shot during the Film Summer Project which will take place in Midleton June 22-26th.

Up to 500 words/max. 2 pages typed.

This competition is open to all young people at youth project/secondary school level in the South and East Cork Areas.

Deadline for entries is 28 May.

The winning author will be prominently credited on the film which will be shown at the First Cut Film Festival in September 2010. The winning story and two runners up will be published on an internet site connected to Cork Film Centre and the First Cut blogsite.

All entries to: Cork Film Centre, Civic Trust House, 50 Popes Quay, Cork.

The winners will be announced on CFC s website and on the FIRST CUT blog site: on Friday June 7th, and will be notified by e-mail.

First Cut! Summer Project 2010 - Make a Film in a Week

The dates for the First Cut! Summer Project 2010 - Make a Film in a Week have been set for June 28 - July 2, 10am to 5pm, in Midleton.
Films made during the week will be shown at the First Cut! Film Festival, provisional dates 25/26 September 2010.
The deadline for applications for a place will be May 28th.

Anyone interested should contact us at asap with information on what you have done to date, your track record in film making, and send us anything you have shot, even on mobile phone, or been involved in making. Let us know why you want a place on this project. Any questions call/text or e mail.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

2009-'10 Workshops

The 2009 - '10 round of First Cut! Workshops is entering its final phase, with Cork Film Centre's busy teams of tutors having now visited ten schools and youth groups, from Glanmire to Youghal, from Passage West to Killeagh, from Ballincollig to Carrigtwohill ... and beyond!

This selection of photos gives just a hint of the fun that's been had:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Midsummer Festival Opportunity

First Cut! Film Project has been approached by the Education and Participation Strand of Cork Midsummer Festival (June 12 - 27). Links have been developed through Kath Gorman, Associate Producer, Cork Midsummer Festival.

There are a number of opportunities:

They contacted us looking for a Video Assistant. This is a voluntary position which would give the opportunity to one young person, age 16-25, to participate actively with professional filmmakers in one of the Festival's major productions, FML. This is commissioned by Belgian director Pol Heyvaert of Campo, Out of Order, a 2009 Festival workshop performance which was powerful, darkly humorous and innovative. It's back for a full production in the 2010 Festival, reinvented as FML (F**k My Life)

Other opportunities:

First Cut! young filmmakers will make up a critical audience of 30 young people who on Friday 9th April will view FML. The audience will view the unfinished production and in a facilitated session will give feedback to the young people in FML. They will also be invited to a preview on June 24th. There is potential for those who are interested to become part of the Festivals new and innovative Young Curators Event, providing training to young people who are interested in being involved in creating festivals, shows, productions and arts projects in the area.
I think this is a great learning opportunity and v good for the cv, also it should be good fun.The show is by and for young people, about 20 are involved in writing, acting and film is used in the production.The shooting will take place on some days during Easter, probably 27/28th March and from May 3 to June 19.

N.B. Please let me know asap if you are keen and available. I will contact Kath immediately as decisions are being made next week.

Look forward to hearing from you,
Co ordinator
First Cut! Youth Film Project


Tuesday, March 2, 2010


A meeting of young people and policy makers 27 -29 March 2010 Are you between the ages of 15 and 23? The Arts Council is interested in hearing your views about young people’s participation in cultural life and the arts. Art-Youth-Culture: FYI will be held over three days in Dublin. It will involve a series of arts-based workshops and discussions, concluding with a meeting between young people, arts policy makers, and government representatives. What can you expect from participating in this event? Art-Youth-Culture: FYI is an opportunity to share and brainstorm ideas with other young people who have an interest in the arts. You will have a chance to explore young people’s participation in cultural life and the arts, through arts-based workshops and discussions. You are invited to share your ideas, opinions and suggestions with key policy-makers who make decisions in this area. We hope this event will generate some fresh insights for all those taking part. The Arts Council will take account of the issues raised in developing its new strategy regarding arts provision for children and young people. Similarly, we hope that young delegates will gain information, contacts and ideas that will assist them in accessing, or initiating, arts and cultural activities for young people in their local communities. Accommodation and transport costs for delegates coming from outside of Dublin will be covered by the event. How can I get involved? The Arts Council is seeking 60 young delegates (aged 15-23) to participate in Art-Youth-Culture: FYI. If you wish to participate, please complete a Statement of Interest form, available to download from the Arts Council website: Please note that Statement of Interest forms are available for groups and individuals. Information on which form you should complete is available on the website. Completed forms must be returned to the Arts Council no later than 12 March 2010. You can read more about the event on the Arts Council website: If you are a policy-maker with a remit in the area of young people, cultural life and/or the arts, and are interested in participating in this event, please contact Mathilde Veldt at

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

North West Youth Film Festival

The North West Youth Film Festival will take place in Letterkenny and Derry from 29th Apr - 1st May. The main aim of the festival is to showcase Irish and International youth produced short films.

It's open to anyone under 19 and it's totally free of charge to submit a film. Winning films will be projected on the big screen in both Letterkenny and Derry. The top 10 films will travel to international youth festivals around the world. The deadline is 19th March.

The North West Youth Film Festival is seeking all types of short films. For more information email:

or have a look at the submission form linked below:

Monday, January 18, 2010

Fresh Film Festival Deadline Approaching...

If you are between the ages of 7 and 18 years of age and have been involved in the making of a short film don’t forget to enter it to Fresh Film Festival by January 29th, 2010.

Entry details available on request of from or call 061 31955 for more information.

The 13th Fresh Film Festival will take place from March 22nd-25th 2010. The film entry deadline for the Junior and Senior Ireland's Young Filmmaker Awards for 2009 is January 29th.

This year's festival will feature an exciting collection of national and international films, special events and Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year awards featuring the brownbag animation award, The Radharc award for best documentary, RTE Two Tube's 60 second Short and The international award.

The Senior Ireland's Young Filmmaker Awards 2009 take place on Wednesday March 24th and the Junior Ireland's Young Filmmaker Awards will take place on Thursday March 25h.

For applications please contact the office or check Fresh Film Festival website.