First Cut! Youth Film Festival is an annual event based in Youghal, County Cork in Ireland dedicated to showcasing new films by young filmmakers. It presents films in all genres by individual filmmakers, schools and youth groups as well as offering workshops and talks by film industry professionals.

This festival provides young filmmakers between the ages of 12 and 24 with a platform for screening their short films. It is committed to fostering the creative development of young filmmakers from every background and provides a broad range of programming from animation workshops and screenings for primary school students right up to events aimed at emerging filmmakers entering the film industry in their early twenties.

First Cut! is youth centred, placing great emphasis on bringing young filmmakers together. It is a positive story centred around young people and their extraordinary creativity. Diversity and inclusion are core values for this festival. All events are free to ensure accessibility for the widest possible youth audience.

The festival creates a space where young filmmakers can share their passion for making films with their peers. Whether working individually or as part of a school or youth group, panel discussions with participating filmmakers allow young audiences to take inspiration from the experiences of their contemporaries.

First Cut! Youth Film Festival Best Film
First Cut! Youth Council Award
First Cut! Youth Film Festival Best Director
First Cut! Youth Film Festival Spotlight Award
First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2023 Cork International Film Festival Award
First Cut! Youth Film Festival Best Schools Film
First Cut! Youth Film Festival Best Irish Language Film
First Cut! Youth Film Festival Best Animation
First Cut! Youth Film Festival Best Documentary
First Cut Youth Film Festival Best International Film
First Cut! Youth Film Festival Best Music Video

Entry is free.
Films entered must be no longer than 15 minutes.
To be eligible for entry, filmmakers must be between the ages of 12 and 24.
Films received after the closing date (5pm on Friday March 19th 2024) will not be eligible for selection.
There is no limit to the numbers of films you can submit but each entry must have its own entry form and still.
Although adults can assist in making the films, 12-24 year olds must have had significant creative input.
If a filmmaker submitting a film is under 18, an adult must sign the entry form.
The selection panel's decisions are final.
International entries are welcome but all non-English language films must have English subtitles.
First Cut! reserves the right to use stills or clips of up to 30 seconds from submitted films for publicity purposes.
Ownership and copyright: By submitting the film, you acknowledge that you are sole author and owner of the film, or if you are not the sole author, you have secured all necessary and appropriate rights, written permissions and releases in connection with submitting the film. In particular, all music and other rights must be cleared for nonexclusive educational, online, broadcast and theatrical distribution.