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Co Down teen named Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year at Limerick film festival

A Co Down teenager has been awarded the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year as part of the 2018 Fresh Film Festival in Limerick.

John Farrelly, 17, from Warrenpoint, was named Ireland’s Young Senior Filmmaker of the year 2018 for his short film Choice.

The short feature tells the story of a young boy who suspects there is something not quite right with his life.

John told the Belfast Telegraph: "I’m feeling great after the win as I wasn’t expecting it.

"It’s given me a great incentive to make more films. The standard of the competition was crazy.

"I’m hoping to make more films in the future and hopefully make a feature length one."

Now in its 22nd year, the 2018 competition received a record of almost 1,500 entries.

Winning second place was 13-year-old Sean Treacy from Ashford, Wicklow for his film Brother.

18-year-old Melanie O’Donnell from Adare, Limerick came third for her film Catharsis.

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