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Fresh International FilmFestival offers a stellar line up of events in celebration of it 25th Anniversary

Fresh International FilmFestival offers a stellar lineup of events in celebration of its 25th Anniversary.

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REPRO FREE – From Analog to Virtual – Fresh International Film Festival and Ireland’s Young Filmmaker Awards celebrate their 25 anniversary of giving young filmmakers a platform to shine. Pictured in Limerick is Jayne Foley, founder and artistic director of Fresh Film with young filmmakers (L to R) Shane Joyce, 18, from Mungret, Co. Limerick, Cian Rowley, 17 from Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick, Tara Lowth, 16, from Killaloe, Ballina, Co Clare and Asha Murray Bennett, 18, from Shannon, Co. Clare. See www.freshfilmfestival.com. Picture: Dermot Culhane

ALL has changed in the world of film festivals post-Covid-19, and Fresh International Film Festival (March 22-28) is going digital as it celebrates its 25th anniversary of giving young filmmakers a platform to shine.

Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2021 will take place online with presenter and documentary filmmaker Stephen Byrne and comedian and social, creative Justine Stafford hosting this year’s awards.

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Jayne Foley, founder and artistic director of Fresh Film, said, “In honor of our 25th anniversary, we are offering an amazing lineup of program 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.”

Justine said, “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 honor. I’m so excited to see all the festival entries for 2021, and it is truly a privilege to be here hosting them!”

Stephen added, “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.

Thanks to the Arts Council, Limerick City and County Council, The BAI, and Screen Skills Ireland, the Fresh International Film Festival’s amazing program of activities in 2021 is free. This year’s virtual program includes:

Monday, March 22 – ‘Classic Fresh,’ screening as part of the 25th-anniversary celebrations. This is the first of three Classic Fresh screenings featuring the best short films from the Fresh archive.

The screenings run at 7 pm Monday, March 22, Tuesday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 24. All screenings on www.freshfilmfestival.com/programme.

Tuesday, March 23 – ‘The Image You Missed’ Feature Screening from 10 is.  This multi-award-winning film explores the history, identity, filmmaking, and storytelling and would be a unique discussion piece for your classwork on ‘The Troubles.’ For information on how to access the film, please contact[email protected].

The International Youth Cinema Network screening awards winners films from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at www.freshfilmfestival.com/programme.

Wednesday, March 24 – ‘Take 25’, a special program about Fresh’s 25 years, will be released via Fresh International Film Festival’s YouTube at 6.30 pm. Fresh Film Director Jayne Foley is joined by a host of graduate Fresh Filmmakers to reminisce and celebrate 25 years of Fresh. From early winners of The Irish School Video Competition to Ireland’s Young Filmmakers of the Years!

Thursday, March 25 – Screening the Junior finalist films and some International films via the festival website plus the announcement of Ireland’s Junior Young Filmmaker of the Year award winner via YouTube.

At 7 PM, tune in for ‘Meet the Director’ with Dr. Tony Tracy in conversation with Dónal Foreman, Director of ‘The Image you Missed,’ via Zoom. Booking via Eventbrite.

Friday, March 26  – Screening the Senior finalist’s films on Friday, March 26, plus the announcement of the Irelands Young Filmmaker of the Year Senior award winner via a YouTube live stream.

Saturday, March 27 – ‘Young Filmmaker Masterclasses,’ with the Screen Composers Guild of Ireland, Hubbard Casting, and Dominic Power. This day of film skills is for young teenage filmmakers, and places can be booked via Eventbrite. You can book for the full day or specific elements of the day.

For the full program of events, visit www.freshfilmfestival.com/programme.


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