“First Cut! is the only pop-up youth film festival in the country,” says co-ordinator Mary McGrath, who expects up to 500 young people to participate over the three days of the event.
School groups from Galway, Leitrim, Dublin and Wexford will attend, as well as representatives of the three colleges where film is taught in Cork: UCC, CIT and St John’s College.
A number of professional filmmakers, such as Marcus Cogan, Dan O’Connell, Ruth Hayes, Jane Lee and Sean O’Connor will give talks and workshops today and tomorrow.
“Sean will also be premiering his music video for Noir Noir’s new single, ‘Claustrophobic Love.’” says McGrath. “This is a great coup for our festival.”
There will also be screenings of documentaries, narrative shorts and animated films over the next two days.
“Another of our guests is Dave Petty, who worked as a model-maker on Chicken Run. He’s be bringing some of his models, and we’ll screen the film as well.”
First Cut! is supported by Cork County Council and the Arts Council, and is also sponsored by local businesses in Youghal.
“We also have great support from Cork Film Centre,” says McGrath.
* Further information: firstcutfilmfestival.com