FIRST CUT! YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL 2017

FIRST CUT! YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL 2017

First Cut! Youth Film Festival Brings Creative Young Filmmakers to Youghal

Festival 2017 Dates:            April 27-29 (Thursday – Saturday). From 9.30 am  to 4 pm                                                    

Venue:                                      The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, Co. Cork

Admission:                              FREE

First Cut! Youth Film Festival is a vibrant International festival screening the works of young filmmakers aged 12-24. The festival is packed with an impressive line-up of screenings, workshops, and talks by film industry professionals. Awards are presented in a variety of categories including fiction, documentary, animation, and music video. First Cut! provides a valuable opportunity for young filmmakers to network and share their passion for making films with a group of like minded people in an enjoyable and supportive environment.

2017 has yielded a record number of entries covering an unprecedented geographical sweep. Short films made by young people have been pouring in from Donegal to Cork, and many counties in between. International entries heralded from Czech Republic, Greece, India, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, UK and USA.  In its 8th year, First Cut! finds that the standard of the films keeps getting higher, and this promises to be the most exciting programme yet. The skill and imagination of young filmmakers in Ireland and across the world is clearly represented.

Once again, First Cut! Youth Film Festival are excited to team up with Feel Good Lost for the second edition of YMVC – Youth Music Video Competition. Up and coming young filmmakers can access this great opportunity to create music videos under the mentorship of noted director Brendan Canty. Feel Good Lost are best known for the phenomenally successful video for Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’, which was voted Video of the Year by the Irish and nominated for two MTV VMA awards. Many of FGL’s music videos have featured on the biggest music websites in the world.

This year, First Cut! has partnered with the UCC based AquaSpace Transition Year Video Contest and the Donal Walsh #LiveLife Foundation to screen films with an emphasis on the environment and in response to the prompt “Make Every Second Count,” respectively.

Involvement from local youth is integral to First Cut! All 6th class primary school pupils are making animation films in the weeks leading in to the festival. These short animations will be shown on the ‘Big Screen’ in the Mall Arts Centre on the opening day of the festival, alongside other exciting guests. Pobalscoil na Tríonóide students, as well as screening their own short film, ‘Paper Chase’, are acting as festival hosts, showing pride in their town as they welcome hundreds of other secondary school students filmmakers to their stunning local Mall Arts Centre.

Bus loads of students arrive from schools all over Ireland on Friday to see their films on the big screen. The number and variety of films coming from schools is a positive indication of the way schools are engaging with the moving image as an increasingly relevant means of expression for young people today. Saturday will be abuzz with the excitement of the open call film screenings, workshops, awards and closing event. The themes of these films often pinpoint issues facing young people today: drugs, alcohol, crime, social media, exam stress, peer pressure, environmental concerns, and identity. But there is, of course, room for pure flights of imagination, and the horror film is as popular as ever. The First Cut! Youth Council participates in festival planning so that the programme is informed and responds to the views of young filmmakers and young audiences.

Last year successfully drew the crowds to screenings and workshops to Youghal and organisers envisage a further increase in participation this year! The festival team would like acknowledge the support of both the Arts Council and the local Cork County Council and welcome on board the local business community whose support is invaluable in bringing this festival to Youghal each year. More announcements shortly on exciting First Cut! Festival events for Youghal April 27-29.

For more information on festival events please check out our website:

www.firstcutfilmfestival.com

All events and screenings at the festival are free and open to the public.

All welcome!

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“Green & Blue”  by Laurence McKeown

“Green & Blue” by Laurence McKeown

Feb 7th 2017   –   “Green & Blue” by Laurence McKeown  -  The Mall Arts Centre  -  8.00pm

Directed by: Paula McFetridge
Produced by: KABOSH
Cast: Vincent Higgins and James Doran.

Third presentation in Youghal of the 2017 Blackwater Valley Fit-Up Theatre Fesival,  ”Green & Blue”  explores the painful and humorous realities faced by the individuals who patrolled the border during the height of the conflict.  “At one point we took on a role that became an identity and that identity now defines us. We’re a uniform, not real people  and rightly or wrongly we now view the world from that perspective.”
Based on an oral archive of serving RUC and An Garda Síochána officers, the production fuses theatre and film to look at the person behind the uniform and the different experiences of two individuals on either side of a line in the ground.
Each performance will be followed by a facilitated discussion.

What is striking is the power of the play to engage with the audience with reflections on the border and identities” – Northern Ireland Foundation
A drama of substantial insight and revelation… a life affirming celebration of the end of the dark days of a hard border” – The Reviews Hub
Green & Blue is a thoughtful, challenging and entertaining dramatisation of an oral history, casting light on police officers lives as they saw it” – Culture Northern Ireland

Admission: Adult – €15.00.  Concession:  Student & Senior – €12.00/
Booking available online at themallartscentre.com / tel: 087 9593276 or at the door on the night.

Refreshments Served.

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Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival 2017 returns to Youghal

Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival 2017 returns to Youghal

Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival 2017.

Blood in the Alley in association with the Arts Office of Cork County Council present the 2017 Blackwater Fit-up Festival. The Fit-ups were very popular in the 1940s and 1950s when actors as popular as Harold Pinter and Anu MacMaster would regularly visit small villages in Ireland and perform theatre plays in a tent or on the back of a truck.

In 2009 Blood in the Alley, with financial support from Cork County Council, revived the old tradition of the Fit-ups in West Cork and since then have brought 36 productions to 16 different locations in that area. In 2016 the Festival was extended to cover the Blackwater Valley region and the Blackwater Valley Fit-up Theatre Festival was introduced.

The Festival was an unqualified success with audiences flocking to see The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, Those You Pass On The Street and the classic Under Milk Wood.

This year’s programme opens in Youghal on the 31st of January with a double bill of two one-woman shows; Tara McKevitt’s Grenades and Noni Stapleton’s Charolais. Grenades won the RTE Radio P’J O’Connor Award for new plays while Charolais was awarded the Bewley’s Little Gem Award and the Stewart Parker Prize for new plays 2015. ( 31st January-5th February)

After the success of Those You Pass on the Street in 2016 Kabosh theatre company, from Belfast, return to present Laurence McKeown’s new play Green& Blue, which explores the painful and humorous realities faced by the individuals who patrolled the border during the height of the conflict. ( Feb7-12th)

Eoin Colfer is best known for the Artemis Fowl series of children’s books but the festival is delighted to present his new play My Real Life to Blackwater audiences. Starring the very talented Don Wycherley the play was a huge hit with audiences at the West Cork Festival last year.  ( Feb 14-19)

The festival runs in seven different venues on the river including Youghal, Charleville, Mallow, Fermoy, Rockchapel,Watergrasshill and Dromtarriff.

Tickets 15 euro 12 euro concession.

Tickets are on sale at the venues on the night. Doors open at 7.30pm.

The productions are suitable for 14+ Audiences.

Fit-uptheatrefestival.com

Further information from Geoff Gould . bloodinthealley@gmail.com 0860454458.

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Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017

The Yew Wood Venues Team wish everyone a Happy New Year !!

 

UPDATE    UPDATE

 

The Yew Wood Venues team have moved offices ! If you are interested in staging an event or hire of The Mall Arts Centre or St Mary’s Collegiate Church , Youghal please contact us on mob 0879593276 or our new office tel no. 024 20769. Our new office address is Upstairs at Youghal Tourist Office, Market House, Market Square, Youghal.

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Happy Christmas Everyone

Happy Christmas Everyone

We wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year !

 

We look forward to presenting a great programme of events for 2017.

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Youghal Cine Club – 2016

Youghal Cine Club – 2016

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Youghal Cine Club 2016 Autumn screenings are cancelled.

Youghal Cinema Club  Season 6   -   2016   Autumn /Winter
Youghal Cine Club has a great line up for our Autumn/ Winter season 2016, with an interesting selection of films coming your way soon.  Details to come !!

Admission: Members – €5.00           Non-members – €7.00   Membership is free!

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Youghal Cine Club Screening of ‘THE WAY’

Youghal Cine Club Screening of ‘THE WAY’

Youghal Cine Club Screening of “The Way” – 30th August 2012

A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El camino de Santiago,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.”

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Youghal Cine Club Announces Line-up of Season One Films

Youghal Cine Club Announces Line-up of Season One Films

Youghal Cine Club today (16th August 2012) announced details of its first series of screenings which will take place on a fortnightly basis (Thursdays) at 7.30 pm sharp in The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal from 30th August to 13th December 2012.

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Michael Jackson Tribute Cancelled

Michael Jackson Tribute Cancelled

Due to circumstances totally beyond our control , The Michael Jackson Tribute Show, due to take place this evening (17th August 2012) has been cancelled by the Production Company in question. We would like to sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused due to this late cancellation.

 

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Declan O Rourke – St.Mary’s Collegiate Church Youghal – 27th July 2012

Declan O Rourke – St.Mary’s Collegiate Church Youghal – 27th July 2012

After a very memorable and successful series of concerts in 2009 & 2010 to help support Youth music projects and other charities , The Sacred Roots Project based in Youghal Co Cork are back with the support of Yew wood Youghal’s Premiere Venues and the Arts Council.

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