The 27th annual Fresh International Film Festival runs from 28 March to 1 April 2023, so you need to hit the edit suite now!

Due to popular demand the new closing date is 3 February!

The main event is Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year where we celebrate the highest standards of youth filmmaking across three categories:

  • Junior (7-12 years)
  • Senior (13-18 years)
  • International (7-18 years, not resident in Ireland)

You can watch the 2022 awards in full up top!

The award winners will get prize money, filmmaking equipment, mentoring sessions with creative professionals, and the opportunity for young people to have their work screened theatrically.

Submissions are also considered for specialist awards including the Radharc Trust Award for documentaries, the RTÉ 60 Second Award, and the RTÉ Factual Award, along with the much-coveted peer to peer Audience Award.

It's all action for young film fans! Photo: Dermot Culhane

Key dates

  • 3 February: Closing date for entries to Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year
  • January TBC: Fresh International Film Festival programme and venues announced
  • 7 March: Connaught Regional Final
  • 8 March: Leinster and Dublin Regional Finals
  • 14 March: Ulster Regional Finals
  • 15 March: Munster Regional Final
  • 28 March – 1 April: Fresh International Film Festival takes place

Click here to go to the Fresh Film website!

Fresh Film is sponsored by RTÉ Young People's Department, The Radharc Trust and RTÉ Supporting the Arts, and supported by Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick; Irish Film Institute, Dublin and Town Hall Theatre, Galway.

Fresh International Film Festival is grant aided by The Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City and County Council, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Screen Ireland, Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board.