Monday, July 18, 2011

Open Call for Submissions

2011 First Cut! Film Festival, October 1st&2nd
Great short films and the Best young filmmakers!

We are now accepting submissions for the 2011 First Cut! Youth Film Festival.Our deadline is August 26th,2011.
First Cut! announces plans for this years festival with some exciting changes in store.
For a start we would now like to offer an opportunity to young filmmakers to showcase their work at our festival on October 1st and 2nd. We are inviting young people under the age of 21 to enter their short films.
The Festival takes place this year over two days in Glanmire, Co Cork .In previous years the focus has been on premiering the films made by young people who are involved in The First Cut! Film Project.
In response to the interest from young people from outside the Cork Harbour region in 2011, although the festival will continue to have a focus on local talent, we now welcome film from outside this area, nationally and even internationally!
What are we looking for?
This year First Cut! is looking for short films of any genre; drama, documentary, comedy, animation, music video, sci fi / horror, artistic/experimental, made by local, national and international young filmmakers under 21.
Submission Deadline: Noon on Friday August 26th, 2011. No Entry Fee! Send your film on a DVD, highest quality possible please!
Post Entries to: First Cut! Youth Film Festival, c/o Cork Film Centre, Civic Trust House, Pope’s Quay, Cork.
More Information: contact Mary Mc Grath 0868139019/ e mail

Monday, July 4, 2011

First Draft! Winners..

The 2011 Make a Film in a Week project took place last week and was, once again, a fun success!

The scripts made into short films during this week were both the brainchildren of Cian Clesham. His script THE SWAN became became one of the films shot and the other film was adapted from one of Cian's ideas.

Special mention must be made of Georgia Doorley's script STARS AND PLANETS which was a close runner up.

Well done to all who participated!

Monday, June 13, 2011

The First Cut! Summer Project 2011

Make a Film in a Week will take place from Monday June 27 to Friday July 1, 10am to 5pm, in Midleton, Co Cork.

There are 20 places available.

Please confirm now if you want to participate.

Films made during the week will be shown at the First Cut Project Gala on Friday September 16th, where films will be selected for screening at the First Cut!Film Festival, October 1st/2nd, Glanmire, Co Cork.

Any questions call/text or email:
Mary Mc Grath, Co Ordinator

First Cut! Film Project


First Cut! Youth Film Project working in association
with Cork Film Centre is funded by The Arts Office of Cork County Council
and South and East Cork Area Development Ltd, (SECAD).

The First Cut! Film Festival receives financial assistance from the Arts Council.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

First Cut Films in Fresh Film Festival

Three First Cut films from last year were accepted for this year's Fresh Film Festival.

The films were:

Glanormal Activity (GCS)
Crazy in Love (BCS)
Stone Soup (Make a Film in a Week)

Crazy in Love also took the audience award at the Cork Heats.

For more information, please see:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

First Cut Films screening in Fresh Film Fest heats

As part of our ongoing commitment to showing your work and as a result of the high standard of entries in 2011 we are programming regional screenings.

The FIRST CUT films will be screened on: Wednesday 16th March 10.00-1.15 at Jury's River Lee Hotel Cork

The audience at the regional screenings will vote for their favourite film to win an audience award. You cannot vote if you do not attend. Selected films from the regional screenings will go forward to the finals in Limerick. Finalists will NOT be notified before the regional screenings. All announcements about films going forward to the finals will be made at the regional screening, therefore you are advised to attend the regional screening.

If your film is selected for the finals please note that the finals will be held in Storm Cinema in Limerick on Wednesday 30th March 2011.

Ireland's young film maker screenings fill up fast so contact us soon if you would like to secure your free places. If there is no one to take your call, please leave a message and we will get back to you. Alternatively, you can email us your bookings at

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

First Cut! 2011 Workshops Up and Running

Cork Film Centre's busy teams of tutors are already deep into this year's round of film workshops, having already brought the fun of filmmaking to young people in Pobalscoil na Trionoide in Youghal, St Peter's Community School in Passage West, St. Colman's Community College in Midleton and Inch Foroige. With workshops in Killeagh, Ballincollig, Cobh and Glanmire to follow over the next few days, and more scheduled for next month, First Cut! is full steam ahead!

And that's not all! First Cut! is delighted to offer a series of Two-Day Film Workshops as a follow-up for young filmmakers who have already completed our one-day film workshops. These will take participants further into the filmmaking process, expanding on what the one-day workshops have covered and upgrading skills. It will also include a full day devoted to the shooting of a short film, giving participants the opportunity to experience the filmmaking process in more depth.

These workshops will take place in five centres around South and East Cork, with the young filmmakers involved attending the one happening nearest to them.

The first day will include hands-on workshops in using equipment and in film theory. It will also include the preparation of the story for the short film. The second day will be all action, getting the film shot. The finished film will be screened at the First Cut! Youth Film Festival in October.

First Cut is also offering one-day Animation Workshops with experienced animator Jane Lee. In these fully hands-on workshops participants learn to animate using a range of techniques - from plasticene model animation, clay-mation and even acting to camera using live action filming techniques. These will take place in Cork City at Cork Film Centre.

For examples of both animations coming out of Jane’s previous workshops and Jane’s own work, visit:

For more information, please contact: