Southill group wins top Fresh Film prize

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

A GROUP from Southill Outreach who made a short film about the dangers of joy riding have won a top national prize for best documentary at the 2012 Fresh Film Festival.

A GROUP from Southill Outreach who made a short film about the dangers of joy riding have won a top national prize for best documentary at the 2012 Fresh Film Festival.

The festival, which celebrates the work of young Irish filmmakers from the ages of 7 to 18, had its highest number of entries ever in this year with a record 400 films from around Ireland submitted. Screenings took place regionally around the country and the finals were held in Limerick’s Storm Cinema last week, with over 700 young filmmakers in attendance.

A group from Southill Outreach produced a film called Joy Ride and scooped the coveted Radharc Documentary Award. Directed by youth worker Paul Collins, the film starred Mark Cronin, Jeffrey Doyle and Robert O’Donnell, while Robert O’Doherty edited the short film.

Mr Collins said the purpose of Joy Ride was to “highlight the possible consequences of illegal car activity and dangerous driving”.

“It was a way of getting the whole theme from a young person’s perspective and the impact through the victim’s eyes as well,” he explained. “We were surprised (to win the award) but I think it was the theme and the impact that it had and the fact that the young lads were involved in making it as well, which was great. I am delighted with it because they are all proud of it.”

First Place and overall award of Young filmmaker of the Year was awarded to David Brazil, Shane O’Brien and Conor Igoe from Dublin, for their film Together In Dreams.

Gill Fenton, spokesperson for Fresh Film, said she was “delighted” with how the festival ran this year, noting the increase in numbers entering and declaring the overall standard of films to be “brilliant”.