First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2021

Cork Young Filmmakers – Filmmaking in Lockdown

Expired May 9, 2021 10:29 PM
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For the past fifteen years, the Cork Young Filmmakers (CYF) programme has been bringing hands-on filmmaking workshops to hundreds of young people throughout County Cork each year. The most intensive of their annual slate of workshops are the summer courses that bring young people with a passion for filmmaking together to create a film over several days. Faced with Covid restrictions, 2020 called for a new, updated approach. Taking the workshops online, the emphasis was now on the participants to each make a documentary and a fiction film completely independently, working on their own with smartphones while receiving mentoring from CYF tutors over Zoom. The consistently inventive and surprising films that emerged are a testament to the amazing imagination and inventiveness of the budding filmmakers that took part. This programme consists of all the films made over these four ten-day sessions as well as the fruits of a more recent three-day workshop run as part of First Cut! 2021.


Cork County Council Arts Officer Ian McDonagh will introduce this screening.


Midleton Summer Course

Participants: Benedikt Kickl, Cian O’Flynn, Ciarán Grimes, Finbarr Cashman, Kyra Owers, Liam O’Leary, Luke Histon, Matthew Roche, Nathan Murphy, Ambrose Wall Thompson.


Mallow Summer Course

Participants: Aislinn Cuffe, Clodagh Lehane, Gearoid Murphy, Jamie O’Sullivan, Joey Hennessy Lynch, Lauren Martin, Liam Harte, Rosa O’Sullivan, Roisín Grant, Nina Devine.


Bandon Summer Course

Participants: Alex Appelbe, Isobel Bergin, Harry Dunican, Muireann Forde, Loren Hitz, Rory Lawton, Jessica Moloney, Michael Murnane Hayes, Alanagh O’Brien, Donal Riordan.


Macroom Summer Course

Dylan Sheehan, Mark Delaney, Alex Bevan, James Healy, Evan Gallagher, Jude Ramsell, Eamonn Fitzgerald, Danielle "Dani" Ware, Roisin Buckley.


Also screening:


Get Into Filmmaking – A Film Basics Workshop

A three-day filmmaking workshop for young people age 14-18 is taking place during First Cut! 2021. This online, hands-on workshop in the basics of filmmaking is facilitated by Cork Film Centre’s tutors who have long experience in working with Cork Young Filmmakers. The young filmmakers learn top tips and develop a range of skills through practical exercises using equipment already accessible to them. The films made as part of this workshop are also being screened as part of this programme.


Workshop participants:

Veronica Howells, Jodie Corry, Tiano Murphy Osindero, Timmy Murphy, Cathal Twomey, Mia Normoyle, Patrick O Connor Mason, Arum Allsopp Wilson, Manus O Boyle, Charmaine Ngwenya, Rowen Moore, Mia Clinch and Jack Murray.


This workshop is funded by The Arts Council and Cork County Council.



About Cork Young Filmmakers


Cork Young Filmmakers is an annual programme providing filmmaking workshops for youth groups and schools throughout County Cork. It is managed by Cork Film Centre, and funded by Cork County Council Arts Office and SECAD (South & East Cork Area Development). It has been run annually since 2006. First Cut! Youth Film Festival emerged from this workshop programme and continues to showcase films made as part of it. In 2020, twenty one-day workshops took place in secondary schools throughout County Cork. The films made during these workshops will be screened by First Cut! in conjunction with the participating schools as part of a special event to take place later in 2021.

  • Runtime
    5 minutes