Fresh Film Festival

Festival Programme 2020 Fresh Film Festival 25 - 30 March 2019

The 2019 festival is complete thanks for taking part.

Fresh Film is proud to be supported by the Arts Council

Fresh Film Festival and the Heats are supported by Limerick City and County Council see and the BAI






Our 2019 promo was made by Melanie O’Donnell


MONDAY 25th March

25th March        SCREENING                    Odeon                                                      10:00 -11:40

Keeper (90 mins) in association with IFI Education   
Recommended age 15+

This year’s French film choice for schools is the sensitive, realistic story of Maxime and Mélanie, a teen couple in love. Maxime is a talented footballer and likely to be selected for trials. Life is good but when Mélanie becomes pregnant, their worlds are rocked. Their parents’ responses are very different, and as the pair try to decide what to do, they feel pressure coming at them from all sides. An honest and heartfelt drama about young people thrust into adulthood, it

poses rich questions for discussion such as ‘who am I’, ‘how do I make decisions’, and ‘who do I want to be?’

Please note: film contains some strong sexual references.

  • Belgium, Switzerland & France 2015 • English Subtitles • Drama/ Romance • 111mins • Director: Guillaume Senez

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

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


25th March        WORKSHOP: Graphic Novel       Limerick Educate Together Secondary School                    


TUESDAY 26th March


26th March          SCREENING                            Belltable                                                10:00 – 11:30

The General (75 mins) U

The classic 1926 American silent movie by Buster Keaton and inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, a true story set in the American Civil War, is one of the all time greatest American films and worth a watch.

  • USA, 1926 •B&W Silent • 75 mins • Director: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman



26th March          SCREENING                                Odeon                                                12:00 – 13:45

Persepolis (95 mins)  12A

Made in 2017 the story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. The title references the historical city of Persepolis.

  • France, Iran 2007 • Animation • 96 mins • Director: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud


26th March        WORKSHOP: Experimental Film    Corpus Christi Primary School            1:00 – 2:30



WEDNESDAY 27th March

IRELAND’S JUNIOR YOUNG FILMMAKER                   Odeon Cinema             10:30 – 15:00

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



THURSDAY 28th March 

 IRELAND’S YOUNG FILMMAKER                                  Odeon Cinema             10:00 – 17:45

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





28th  March   WORKSHOP: Experimental Film    Limerick Institute of Technology              11:30 – 16:00





FRIDAY 29th March

29th March        SCREENING                               Belltable                                                      10:00 – 12:00

Femme Friday   

Femme Friday is a celebration of young female filmmakers; it is a screening of  the work by emerging talent from around the world. It will feature two programmes of short international films made by young female filmmakers and selected by young programmers. Following the programme filmmakers will be invited to answer questions about their work.






29th March        WORKSHOP                            Belltable HUB                                                14:00 – 15:30

INDUSTRY Partner workshop for young filmmakers with Boulder Media

A hands-on introductory workshop in animation for young filmmakers





29th March        WORKSHOP                          Belltable HUB                                                   15:30 – 17:00

Industry Master class with The National Youth Film School

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.

Conor McMahon: studied filmmaking at the Irish National Film School in Dun Laoghaire. In 2004 he made his debut feature film Dead Meat which was funded by the Irish Film Board. Conor went on to direct Zombie Bashers, an entry in the RTE Storyland online series scheme. The show proved extremely successful with horror and comedy fans alike and was voted the eventual winner of the competition. Conor directed all 6 episodes of the show. His 2012 feature film Stitches, stared British comedian Ross Noble, won best film at the Midnight Xtreme section of the prestigious Sitges Film Festival. His short films have won many awards including: Best Short at the Sitges Film Festival (Spain), First Prize in the Kodak Commercial Awards (London), Second prize at Edinburgh’s Dead by Dawn Horror film Festival. Conor has worked on numerous seasons of The Republic of Telly for RTÉ, writing and directing sketches with acts like The Rubber Bandits, Damo & Ivor and Georgia Salpa. His latest feature From the Dark  is described as “a taut, coiled piece of dread-infused cinema that… delivers everything one could hope for from a fresh entry in that subgenre.”





SATURDAY 30th March

30th March          EVENT                       The Engine                                                              10:00 -17:00


‘Supported by Screen Skills Ireland’

This day long event is for and and by young filmmakers and will involve panel discussions and skills sharing. There will be discussions, a pitching session, masterclasses in Cinematography, Casting and Sound and opportunities to meet other young filmmakers.






Raven. An Emmy Award winning cinematographer and editor, working in documentary and promotional videos for television, NGOs, government bodies, public relations firms, community groups, universities, individuals, event promoters and performing artists for nearly two decades.

“Documentary, made beautifully” — reflects my ethos that documentation should always be visually engaging.


Sophie Griffith  A.I.B.S.D. (Hons): Sophie has grown up surrounded by Performing Arts & the Take2 Actors Agency. She appeared in her first TV Commercial for ‘Susuki Cars’ at the age of 4 & went on to film on many other projects. Sophie now works alongside Pamela Hughes in the Take2 Agency  assisting on many projects, as well as teaching Drama & Dance & facilitating ‘Acting for Camera’ workshops in the Take Performing Arts School. Sophie is also studying for a Bachelor in Primary Education in Marino Institute, Dublin. Take2 Agency was established in 1990 to specialise in representing children & young adults in the film industry. Clients have worked alongside some of the greatest talent in the Industry. Take2 are very supportive of student directors & up & coming young directors.

Sound Production 

Rob Flynn studied Film & Television Production at the National Film School, IADT, specialising in sound design. He has worked on more than 90 productions in the sound department, primarily in audio post-production and has substantial experience in recording on location and in studio across a wide range of projects, including feature films, television series, short films, documentaries, animation, podcasts and commercials. His projects have been broadcast on CBS Reality, RTÉ, TV3 and Netflix and have screened at festivals, including Sundance Film Festival, the Galway Film Fleadh and the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival.




30th March       SCREENING                Dance Limerick                                                   19:30 – 22:00

Fresh After Eight – Spirit of Fresh Award

A screening celebrating some of highlights of our 2019 festival from Ireland and abroad,  This screening is open to the public.




Check out the montage of submissions from 2018

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.



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