Limerick based film festival remains Fresh after 19 years

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Record breaking: Young film-makers shooting in Limerick for the city-based Fresh Film Festival last year
THE Limerick-based Fresh Film Festival has received the highest number of submissions in its history for this year’s event.

THE Limerick-based Fresh Film Festival has received the highest number of submissions in its history for this year’s event.

The leading Irish festival for young film-makers, which takes place in Limerick in March, received 428 submissions, the highest in its 19 year history.

The films were screened by a judging panel and regional heats will be held ahead of the festival, which incorporates Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards.

The regional heat will take place in 69 O’Connell Street next Wednesday, with 14 shorts by young Limerick film-makers to screen at the event, after which the films shortlisted for the final will be announced.

“Fresh Film Festival is all about encouraging young people to tell their stories through film, so the record number of submissions this year shows we have a nation of young storytellers with something to say and the creative means to say it,” said director Jayne Foley.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the entries this year. The future of filmmaking in Ireland is bright.”

The film makers compete for awards but also get to take part in workshops with Roddy Doyle, an animation company and videographer Shane Serrano.

See www.freshfilmfestival.net for full details.