Youth Projects

Cork Film Centre / Cork Young Filmmakers operate a strict child protection policy. All trainers are Garda Vetted.
Child Protection Policy available HERE

Cork Film Centre facilitated Youth Film Projects


First-Take-logo-01-BWCork Young Filmmakers is a programme of one-day, two-day, and week-long practical filmmaking workshops (funded by Cork County Council/The Arts Council, with support from SECAD and Cork ETB), for participants in Youth Groups and Schools.

Schools, youth groups, or individual interested in applying for places should contact Mary at:

Cork Young Filmmakers has also worked with groups of young filmmakers on local documentaries, funded under the Cork County Council Municipal District Arts Development Fund:

CFC Future Filmmakers
is a youth filmmaking project for young people with a passion for filmmaking, and who show a particular aptitude for the creative process. Membership is by invitation. Members meet regularly, and are encouraged to develop their own projects, mentored and facilitated by Cork Film Centre.

Future Filmmakers were awarded a grant under the Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme 2017 to make a short documentary about the Gunpowder Mills. The resulting film was screened in Ballincollig during Heritage Week, and was officially launched in September 2018.

  • See Gunpowder Mills HERE

Future Filmmakers also received a grant under Cork County Council’s Creative Communities Awards to make a 25 minute fictional film. The group brainstormed a script during April and May, and Future Crimes was shot with an expanded group of participants during summer 2018. The story involves a group of friends who attempt to solve the mystery around an escaped killer in the woods, and events filmed by their drone which appear to leave no trace. Future Crimes was screened in the Reel Cinema, Ballincollig, and was featured at the First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2019.

  • See Future Crimes HERE



FC logo 2The 10th First Cut! Youth Film Festival normally held over 4 days in the Mall Arts Centre and the Regal Cinema, Youghal, is an international festival of films by and for young people, with screenings, workshops, discussions and networking sessions. The First Cut! Festival 2021 was held totally online due to Covid-19. Check details and updates at:



YMVC POSTER5The YMVC – Youth Music Video Competition, a First Cut! Youth Film Festival initiative, offers young emerging filmmakers the opportunity to create a music video under the mentorship of noted director Brendan Canty and his producer David Lester Mooney.



Teenage Flicks is an occasional programme of practical filmmaking workshops (funded by Cork City Council), for participants in Youth Groups and Schools in Cork City. Each group learns the basics of camera and sound recording, brainstorm an idea, and make a short film. The finished films screen in a cinema setting.

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