Young Irish Film Makers have been running the National Youth Film School since 2002 to train young film makers in all aspects of film making. This year in partnership with The National Film School at IADT in Dun Laoghaire, and with funding from the Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry., they are bringing youth film training to a new level with a 10-day residential film camp.
A Residential Film Camp will accommodate young film makers from all over Ireland to immerse them in the world of film making with practical training workshops, intensive shooting days and long hours in the edit suite. Script to Screen Training and mentorship through every step of the film making process; Facilitating the students to actively learn the skills and job roles involved in pre-production, the shoot and finally edit workflow. Portfolio Workshops will be hosted at The National Film School in IADT for students who are preparing to apply for college to study film, television or broadcast media. This unique workshop gives students the tools they need to present their work in a portfolio format.
This is a unique opportunity for any young person (16-19yrs) planning a career or college placement in Film or Television. Interactive workshops in all aspects of filmmaking – from writing to lighting, production to editing – all with experts in the field, coupled with the experience of working on a professional film crew is not to be missed. The final films will premiere in front of an industry audience in the autumn to showcase the young talent.
Over the years, the National Youth Film School has attracted young people from all over Ireland, Europe and even the USA for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to work at a professional level on a broadcast quality film production. Many young people have used their work with YIFM as a portfolio piece and gone on to attend film schools such as The National Film School at IADT in Dun Laoghaire.
Industry backing for NYFS comes from Screen Skills Ireland is the national training and development resource specifically created for Ireland’s film and television industry., the Screen Directors Guild, Screen Producers Ireland (SPI) is a members organisation that promotes the growth and sustainability of the Irish audiovisual production sector. and Filmbase. Screenwriters working with the film school in the past have included Will Collins (Song of the Sea), Ailbhe Keogan (Run & Jump), Colin Thornton (A Date for Mad Mary) and Hugh O’Conor, to name a few. All of this support for NYFS, puts it streets ahead as the premiere film training programme for young people in Ireland.
Young Irish Film Makers have been producing films with young people all over Ireland since 1991 and can boast past members such as Oscar-nominated Tomm Moore (Writer/Director of Song of the Sea), Luke Harris (3D animator at Brown Bag), and John Morton (Creative Director of Devious Theatre Company).
The National Youth Film School has limited capacity, so watch this space or log on to www.yifm.com for updates. The National Youth FilM School residential program will officially launch on Friday 24th of March at 12.30pm in St. James Church at the Dingle International Film Festival.