Hothouse participants 2016/17 at RTE as part of their first session 'Pitching their ideas' [Project co-funded by The Arts Council and RTÉ learning and Development]
Every year Fresh Film Festival offers filmmaking projects on an ad hoc basis. Previous projects include working with The Limerick Learning Hub and Glor Theatre on filmmaking summer camps, a short film titled Teaching Miss Verbiest with Kerry County Council as part of the % for Art and The Big City Portrait with Limerick City of Culture.
The Hothouse Project at Fresh responds to the needs of identified talented young filmmakers who are working alone or in isolation and looks to provide them with an intensive mentored film programme.
The festival has run hothouse projects on three previous occasions with a short film in 2011/12 and a series of shorts for Kidspeak 2012/13 and 2014/15 and notes their success in providing extra learning and developmental opportunities for talented young filmmakers.
The aim of the Hothouse is to support and promote the next generation of filmmakers, by giving them a safe creative space in which to develop ideas and projects. Filmmakers are encouraged to build a creative community for peer-to-peer support and learn from established filmmakers and industry professionals.