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First Cut! - Youth Film Project

Tool category
& type

Audiovisual and Media:

  • Video Clip
  • Keyword(s)

    Animation, Audiovisual & media, Local Action Group, Multi media, Video, Young people


    Formerly known as the East Cork Youth Film Project, First Cut! began in 2006. An intiative of South East Cork Area Development (SECAD) and Cork County Council Arts Office, this project is run and facilitated by the Cork Film Centre (CFC). It has included a wide range of digital filmmaking workshops carried out with youth groups and schools throughout East Cork that resulted in a number of videos prepared by rural youth. The videos take a look at the rural areas where they live through creative lenses. Films were presented at festivals and uploaded on the internet (YouTube).

    & RDP Region(s)


  • [IE] National Level
  • Main purpose

    The work with videos aimed at introducing youth to filmmaking as a profession, acquiring specific skills and giving them the opportunity to express their thoughts, opinions and ideas. It was also intended to document various aspects of the life in Irish rural areas.

    tools used

    Workshops, film festival, summer school

    Target audience

    EAFRD Beneficiaries:

  • Youth
  • Other EAFRD Beneficiaries

  • Rural Development Stakeholders:

  • LAGs
  • Other Rural Development Stakeholders

  • General Audience:

  • Students
  • Youth
  • Rural Population
  • Other General Audience
  • Technical information

    Short films prepared by the project participants can be viewed on YouTube. For the purpose of filming, new cameras were also purchased.

    Date produced

    From 2006 onwards


    South and East Cork Area Development Ltd.

    Distribution & Promotion

    South and East Cork Area Development Ltd., Irish National Rural Network

    Assessment of effectiveness

    Some 170 young people from the SECAD area took part in the workshops, the summer schools and the festival in 2010. The project introduced young people to filmmaking and enabled them to express their creativity.

    Name of organisation

    South and East Cork Area Development Ltd.

    Type of

    Local Action Group

    Partner organisation(s)

    National Rural Network, Cork County Council Arts Office, Cork Film Centre


    Name of contact person

    Sinéad Conroy


    South and East Cork Area Development Ltd.
    Owennacurra Business Park
    Co Cork


    + 353 21 4613432