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National Youth Film School goes residential in 2017

Written by spunout


Young Irish Film Makers (birthplace of Cartoon Saloon!) have been running the National Youth Film School since 2002 to train young filmmakers in all aspects of filmmaking. This year in partnership with The National Film School at IADT in Dun Laoghaire and with funding from the Irish Film Board they are bringing youth film training to a new level with a 10-day residential film camp.  

A Residential Film Camp will accommodate young filmmakers from all over Ireland to gain skills 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 filmmaking 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.

Who is it for?

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.

What does it cost?

The Residential Summer Film Camp takes place on 14-24 August at the Young Irish Film Makers Kilkenny College. It costs €600 for 10 days’ full board. The National Youth Film School has limited capacity, so log on to to register your interest.

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 Training Ireland, the Screen Directors Guild, Screen Producers Ireland 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 (Date for Mad Mary) and Hugh O’Conor to name a few.

Young Irish Film Makers have been producing films with young people all over Ireland since 1991 and boasts 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).

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