Dublin teen Cal is filmmaker of the year

by Gazette Reporter

DUBLIN teenager Cal O’Driscoll has taken home the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2020 for his short film ‘Pirates’.

The 17-year-old came tops out of more than 1,700 entries for his work about a pirate station in 1980s Ireland.

The awards were due to take place in Limerick in March, but due to Covid-19 restrictions were held online instead, with Young Offenders’ Demi Isaac Oviawe hosting the event.

A delighted Cal said: “I watched the awards with my cast and crew on a group Zoom call and Fresh Film still managed to maintain the excitement and magic of the festival this year like they have done every other year.

“I am so thankful to receive this award as there was so many other films that deserved it also. This was a dream come true and I can’t wait to see what all my fellow young filmmakers make for next year’s festival.”

Oisin McKeogh, 18, from Co Clare was the second place winner for his film ‘Midsummer Beauty’, about a teenage girl named Luna who struggles with a crush on her best friend. 

Milosh Hughes, 18, from Malahide took home third place for his film ‘Synthasia’, a dystopian technological fantasy – and not his first win. 

Kildare Young Filmmakers with director Molly Hoque won the Best Group award for their film ‘Witch Hunt’ and Alexandra College, Dublin with director Ella Nethercott won Best School for their film ‘Four’.

Now in its 24th year, Fresh International Film Festival invites young people from Ireland and overseas, aged seven to 18 years, to create, exhibit and share films.

“The standard was so high this year,” said Jayne Foley, director of Fresh International Film Festival. “Every year the festival progresses we see advancements in how young people are making films.”

See www.freshfilmfestival.com for more information.

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