Fresh talents emerge at Generation Fresh

Fresh Film and Omniplex Cinema Group present an event encouraging the next set of Irish stars on screen, GENERATION FRESH. This unique film screening event takes place on Sunday, April 21, at selected Omniplex Cinemas across Ireland including Cork, Galway, Dublin and Limerick.

Featuring a thoughtfully curated selection of 15 short films by 15 young filmmakers. Spanning various genres and themes, GENERATION FRESH offers a fresh perspective and innovative storytelling on the big screen. Each film provides a glimpse into the boundless creativity of today’s emerging filmmakers.

“Generation Fresh is more than just a film screening – it’s a celebration of creativity, diversity and the limitless possibilities of storytelling. We can’t wait to share these films with our audiences, watching as they come to life on screen and showcasing the potential of tomorrow’s dynamic filmmakers.

Jayne Foley, Artistic Director of Fresh Film

Generously facilitated and supported by Omniplex Cinemas, this film screening provides an incredible opportunity for young Irish filmmakers to showcase their work to the public while offering film fans the chance to immerse themselves in a fascinating array of short films crafted by the next generation of talent from Fresh Film. 

Themes explored in the thrilling programme range from Special Powers, Unrequited Love, Redemption, Cyber Crime, Identity and Murder, promising a diverse and thought-provoking cinematic experience suitable for audiences of all ages. (Rated PG)

From the 15 – 21st April the 28th edition of the Fresh International Film Festival will take place. The Limerick based festival culminates in Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards (IYFTYs), recognises exceptional filmmaking by creators 7-18, from Ireland and elsewhere.

Previous Fresh Film award winners and participants include Oscar-nominated director Vincent Lambe (Detainment), Seán Treacy, Dónal Foreman, Nick Sheridan, IFTA nominated director Conor McMahon (Let The Wrong One In), Justine Stafford and more. 

Fresh Film works to create opportunities for young people to pursue a career in film, engaging with primary and secondary schools, youth clubs, film clubs, community centres and resource organisations across the island to instill a love of film in the next generation of creatives.

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Fresh International Film Festival, and the IYFTYs, encourage young people to explore filmmaking as a career, facilitating opportunities to learn the craft of visual storytelling and helping young people to understand the collaborative filmmaking process from first draft to final frame. Fresh works to drive awareness for sustainable career opportunities both in front of and behind the camera, inspiring and strengthening Ireland’s future film, television and creative talent pool. 

Tickets for this celebration of new young talent behind the camera are available now. Generation Fresh’s Dublin screening will be taking place at Omniplex Rathmines. All the shorts together will take 90 minutes, with tickets costing €5.

Check out the full list of films screening as part of Generation Fresh below.

by Shayna Velasquez, Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School, Belfast.

Winner of Best School at Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2021.

Maybe life can be turned upside down, but sometimes all it takes is a little spark.

Stranger Danger by Johnathan Connolly, Galway.

Chatting to online friends leads to sinister endings.

Buachaill by Nellie Warren, Dublin. 

Over the years, a girl named Kit is repeatedly mistaken for a boy.

Rue by Sean Tracey, Wicklow.

Not everyone can move on from their mistakes, especially when they can’t be fixed.

Earth Online by Isabelle Xiao, Dublin.

What would it be like if Earth was a game? Check out Earth: Online, a video game that allows you to simulate the life of any living species of your choice with trillions of other players online. However, there are two rules which you must follow.

Untouched by Muirinn Carty, Wexford.

Human touch is a basic human need that differentiates humans from animals, perception from reality. When we are deprived of this need, our desire can become overwhelming. We begin to glamorise those feelings of burning, piercing, pulling and dancing.

Live And Let Live by Bishopstown Community School, Cork. 

Young people need the space and respect to grow into the unique adult they are meant to be. This film explores how in including and accepting others you allow for emancipation of yourself and others.

Killer Krush by Izzy Dalton, Emerging Limerick Filmmakers, Limerick. 

When shy teenager Ben bumps into his crush Caroline at a Halloween party, the night takes a strange turn.

Da Vinki and the Button by Matas Skudra, Galway.

Short quirky animation.

How to Construct an Albatross by Liam Murphy, Cork.

After crash-landing on an island, a lone pilot uses remnants from the wreckage to escape isolation. Inspired by Louise Greig’s poem ‘How to Construct an Albatross’.

Pirates by Cal Arnold O’Driscoll, Dublin. 

In 1980s Ireland, three friends set up a pirate radio station in an attempt to beat the bullies and get the girls. 

Science of Colour Vision by Chloe Forde and Nina Beatrice Gicale, Le Cheile Secondary School, Dublin.

The science of colour vision; learn about colour vision, and how animals see the world!

In My Own Words by Karl Reddy, Aoife Durkin, Holly McDermott, James Matthews and Sinead Giblin. St Colmcille’s Community School TY Multimedia production.

A teenage boy tells the story of how he has not allowed his speech and language difficulties to define him as a person. This is Karl Reddy’s true story.

The Tell-Tale Heart by Max Hendrickson, Dublin.

A re-telling of the Edgar Allen Poe short story, a man is slowly driven mad by the pale blue eye of his older companion.

Anna McGee’s Wild Ride by Ava Bounds, United Kingdom.

A teenager on the cusp of adulthood flies through her entire future while stuck in a traffic jam. 

Fresh Film, Fresh International Film Festival and Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards are made possible with the generous support, investment and partnership of The Arts Council of Ireland, RTÉ, Screen Ireland, Omniplex Cinema Group, Limerick City and County Council, Coimisiún na Meán, Limerick & Clare Education & Training BoardScreen Producers Ireland, The Radharc Trust, Animation Ireland, Bow Street Academy, IFCO and RTÉ Supporting the Arts.

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