Fresh International Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary on March 22- 28.
The Fresh International Film Festival invites young people from Ireland and overseas, aged 7 to 18 years, to create, exhibit and share films.
The festival provides an opportunity for these young filmmakers to have their work seen on a cinema screen for the first time and to compete for the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year.
Stephen Byrne and Justine Stafford will host the virtual awards this year.
Here are our hosts @stephenbyrne and @JustineStafford promoting the Heats for the Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2021 from Monday, March 15th to Friday, March 19th (except St. Patrick’s Day!)#freshfilm25 🎥 pic.twitter.com/BaeAwaYePN
— Fresh Film (@FreshIreland) March 12, 2021
Jayne Foley, who is founder and artistic director of Fresh Film says,
“In honour of our 25th anniversary we are offering an amazing line up of programme events this year including an alumni showcase, screenings, workshops and masterclasses.
While we can't bring our community of young filmmakers together in one room right now, we can bring them together online. In the spirit of Fresh our online activities will connect, inspire and support young filmmakers."
"Being back hosting at Fresh Film, a festival that I once attended as a teen and had my films screened and awarded at is such an incredible honour.
I’m so excited to see all the festival entries for 2021 and it is truly a privilege to be here hosting them!”
“I'm delighted to be hosting Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards this year with Justine.
In what has been such a difficult year for many it is incredibly inspiring to see all the filmmakers involved making incredible stories with all odds stacked against them. The future of film in Ireland is strong!”
Fresh International Film Festival 2021 takes place March 22 - 28 and features an alumni showcase and a week of film screenings, school workshops and young filmmaker masterclasses.
The Junior Finals of Young Filmmaker of the Year will take place on Thursday, March 25 and the Seniors Finals the next day, Friday, March 26 via YouTube live stream.
For the full programme of events visit www.freshfilmfestival.com/programme.
Fresh Film runs a number of initiatives throughout the year, including a Hothouse programme designed to bring young people of different ages and diverse backgrounds together to share their film experiences and create new collaborative work, they also distribute Irish films made by young people to festivals all over the world.