Fresh Film Festival

Festival Programme 2019 Fresh Film Festival 20 - 25 March 2018

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TUESDAY 20th March

20th March        SCREENING          Odeon Cinema               10:00 -11:30       €5

My Life as a Courgette (70 mins) in association with IFI Education

For TY and Senior Cycle French this Oscar-nominated animation, adapted from a YA novel by Girlhood director, Celine Sciamma. Nine-year-old Icare, nicknamed Courgette, moves to a foster home, a place full of rejected kids fighting for survival among the rest of the bullies, loners and misfits. Using a Tim Burton stop-motion style to create big-eyed, fragile beings, the director achieves a very different but hugely affecting film of teen life.

Switzerland/France • 2016 • 70 mins • English subtitles • Animation/Comedy/Drama. Director: Claude Barras

Suitable for TY, 5th & 6th year students. 12A

A study guide designed for French students is available with this film




20th March        SCREENING           Odeon Cinema             12:10- 14:15       €5 / €4

Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock (89 mins) in association with Limerick Spring

Printing workshop & Post Screening discussion in association with Limerick Spring

AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet, it follows the dramatic rise of the peaceful resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The film is a collab­oration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather and environmental Oscar Nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione. It is a labor of love to support the peaceful movement of the water protectors.

Post-screening discussion  




20th March        SCREENING             Belltable                       10:00 – 11:30   €5*

Boy and the World (80 mins)

Brazilian animated film written and directed by Alê Abreu. It was nominated at the 88th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. The film was created using a mix of both drawing and painting and digital animation. The entire film is told with very little dialogue and what dialogue there is, is actually Portuguese, but backwards.  Cuca lives a very simple and blissful life with his parents, playing in the forests and interacting with the animals and listening to sounds that are represented by glowing balls of light. One day Cuca’s father leaves by train to find work. Feeling that he will never be happy again, Cuca leaves with a large suitcase that contains only a picture of him and his parents.

Brazil • 2013 • 80 mins • English Subtitles • Animation/Drama, Written directed by Alê Abreu.


20th March    WORKSHOP                  Secondary school         10:30 -12:00

Film in the Irish Language

James Ryan, Station House Media

James Ryan has worked in the TV/Film industry since 2004 has worked across Lifestyle, Documentary, Live Event and Short Film. He has also been involved in previous workshops for Junior Film Fleadh in Primary and Secondary Schools in County Galway. His most recent work includes the multi-award winning Irish Language short film ‘An Mhallacht’ as well as the science/sports documentary ‘Mending Legends’, broadcast on TG4 in 2017 & 2018. Both were produced by StationHouse Media, James’ own production company based in County Galway.



WEDNESDAY 21st March

21th March        IRELAND’S YOUNG FILMMAKER                   Odeon Cinema             10:00 – 15:00
                         OF THE YEAR AWARDS – JUNIOR



A screening of the best films made by young filmmakers in Ireland aged 7 – 12






21st March        SCREENING                          Belltable                  11:00 – 13:00   €5 / €4

Handsome Devil (95 mins) in association with IFI Education

Suitably named after a Smiths song, Handsome Devil tells the story of the unlikely boarding school friendship between roommates Ned, a bullied yet resilient outsider, and Conor, a star rugby player.  Despite their initial mutual dislike, they’re encouraged by their supportive English teacher to find their own voices. With fantastic performances from newcomers Fionn O’Shea and Nicholas Galitzine, this charming, funny story explores themes of sexual identity, bullying and acceptance.

Ireland • 2017 • 95 mins • English • Drama / Sport Written and directed by John Butler

Suitable for TY, 5th & 6th year students.





21st March        WORKSHOP                         Primary schools          9:00 – 16:00       

Animation in the classroom

Alexandre Almeida Juruena De Mattos Anim!Arte Festival, Brazil   

Alexandre is the director of Anim!Arte – International Student Animation Festival of Brazil and a mentor of the animation workshop of Escola Parque in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has facilitated workshops and master classes in animation around the world. His workshop will be a hands-on introduction to animation in the classroom.







THURSDAY 22nd March 

22th March        IRELAND’S YOUNG FILMMAKER                   Odeon Cinema                    10:00 – 17:45
                         OF THE YEAR AWARDS – SENIOR



A screening of the best films made by young filmmakers in Ireland aged 13 – 19






22nd March       WORKSHOP                           Teacher training / LSAD       13:00 – 16:00       

Animation for the classroom

 Alexandre Almeida Juruena De Mattos Anim!Arte Festival, Brazil            

This workshop will be hands on introduction to animation for the classroom and is designed to share approaches to teaching animation in an art room.



FRIDAY 23rd March


23rd March        WORKSHOP                            Belltable HUB                        9:30 – 12:30


   A hands-on workshop in animation techniques for young filmmakers who can apply animation skills to their own filmmaking





23th March        SCREENING                             Belltable                              13:30 – 15:00     €2

International Short Film Screening

A programme of short films made by young filmmakers from around the world. The films in this unique programme represent a diverse selection of the best international young people’s shorts and are finalists in the International Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards







23rd March        WORKSHOP                               Dance Limerick                 16:30 – 18:30

Industry Master class with The National Youth Film School


National Youth Film School with Ken Wardrop  PLEASE EMAIL US TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

The National Youth Film School Masterclass series present personal stories of how a career is built and how the industry works.  Hosted by the National Youth Film School (NYFS)  as part of its relationship with Irish Film Industry bodies it is designed to provide young film makers with greater access to the workings of the film industry in Ireland.   The Irish Film Board, National Film School IADT Dun Laoghaire, Screen Training Ireland, Screen Directors Guild, Screen Producers Ireland, Filmbase and Canon Ireland partner with NYFS to help and support the work of the next generation of film makers in Ireland.

Ken Wardrop is a graduate of filmmaking at the National Film School, IADT and is one of Ireland’s most recognised documentary voices. He creates powerfully emotional pieces through his own unique style. Ken’s work has won accolades from the European Academy Awards to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Some of his proudest achievements have been in his short films.




23rd March     SCREENING                                    Dance Limerick                 20:00 – 21:30     PWYC (Pay what you can)

Fresh After Eight – Spirit of Fresh Award

A screening celebrating some of highlights of our 2018 festival from Ireland and abroad, as well as work produced by the National Youth Film School. This screening is open to the public.


The Spirit of Fresh Award will be presented to a young filmmaker whose work reflects their engagement with Fresh and dedication to developing film skills.




SATURDAY 24th March

24th March        WORKSHOP                     On location                                   9:00 -18:00          €15


Fresh’s filmmaking challenge returns for 2018. Teams of young filmmakers from across the world will work together to create a film in a single day.








SYMPOSIUM -THE BIG CHAT 2018         Limerick School of Art and Design    10:00 – 17:30

SÚL ÚR – A young authentic voice

This event will involve panel discussions, case studies and skills sharing on finding,     encouraging and promoting young people’s authentic voice on film. SÚL ÚR is aimed at youth film organisations, leaders, teachers and collectives.




SUNDAY 25th March

25th March        INTERNATIONAL GUEST PROGRAMME             UL                    All Day

Final day of the international guests programme involving cultural exchange and review.

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