YOUNG Irish Film Makers, whose work was featured on last Saturday’s Winning Streak, are big supporters of Limerick’s Fresh Film Festival which has been running for 15 years and has gone from strength to strength. Each year the festival is host to the premier accolade in Ireland for filmmakers aged 18 and under and also offers a forum for young filmmakers, workshops, screening of features and other events.
This year the Fresh Film Festival’s Junior Film Maker of the Year Award went to 12-year-old Young Irish Film Maker member, Hal Warner-Clayton, for his films The Messenger Bag Caper and Mouse. Hal writes and shoots all his own short films at his home in Castlecomer. He attends workshops in camera and editing at Young Irish Film Makers every week. His two older brothers Geoff (who composed all the original music for The Usurpers, YIFM’s new feature film) and Benedict are also members of Young Irish Film Makers.
Third-place winner in the Junior Section was the hilarious Upsidedown Town created by members of our 2010 Summer Film Camp. This film was devised and shot over one week by director Ethan Doran and his team of Jennifer Holohan, Martin McEvoy, Serina Walsh, Sian FitzPatrick, Allagh Kennedy, Sean Keyes, Sean McCabe, Sarah Cuddihy and Hugh Murphy.
Highly commended in the senior film section was What a Day, a comedy written and directed by senior member Alan Doyle. This film was sponsored by the Kilkenny People and will be shown at the premiere of Young Irish Film Makers new feature The Usurpers in the Set Theatre on April 27.
Anyone aged 8-18 who would like to become an award-winning film maker can book a place in the Young Irish Film Makers popular Summer Film Camps. Full information and application forms are available from Garry or Kathy at 056 7764677.