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...