Youth arts film train­ing workshops

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker www.cork­film­cen­ youth-project/ or 086 8139019, 021 4215160

Young peo­ple keen on film­mak­ing are urged to regis­ter early for sev­eral work­shop op­por­tu­ni­ties be­ing held across the county over the sum­mer.

Cork Young Film­mak­ers Sum­mer Film Weeks se­ries be­gins later their month, through to early Au­gust.

The se­ries is a youth arts train­ing pro­gramme man­aged by Cork Film Cen­tre with fund­ing from Cork County Coun­cil, SECAD and Cork ETB.

Most workshops will span five days and will in­volve over 100 stu­dents in to­tal.

The project is aimed at 13 to 19-year-old’s in­ter­ested in all of film-mak­ing, in front of and be­hind the cam­era, re­gard­less of their level of ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Some may have al­ready at­tended Cork young film­mak­ers’ events and want to en­hance their skills or try dif­fer­ent roles”, says project co­or­di­na­tor Mary McGrath. “Oth­ers may be at­tend­ing for the first time. There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

Par­tic­i­pants will hone their skills in a hands-on, in­ter­ac­tive en­vi­ron­ment as­sisted by pro­fes­sional film­mak­ers from the Cork Film Cen­tre.

“It will very much be a com­bi­na­tion of fun and learn­ing among like-mined peo­ple,” says Mary.

The first three workshops will be held in Mac­room (June 25-29), Mi­dle­ton (July 2-6) and Mal­low (July 9–13).

In ex­plor­ing how film-mak­ing is a col­lab­o­ra­tive ac­tiv­ity, the par­tic­i­pants will cre­ate a short film.

“These three pro­grammes re­quire a €50 reg­is­tra­tion fee and places are lim­ited,” says Mary.

Two fur­ther workshops will take place in Mitchel­stown and Ballincol­lig, and are free of charge.

The Mitchel­stown project in­volves 30 lo­cal young peo­ple pro­duc­ing a doc­u­men­tary on their area while Ballincol­lig par­tic­i­pants will work on a longer fea­ture-length pro­d­u­caspects tion over two weeks.

The sum­mer pro­gramme comes amid in­creas­ing in­ter­est in film-mak­ing among young peo­ple, with last April’s an­nual First Cut! youth film fes­ti­val in Youghal at­tract­ing over 1,500 par­tic­i­pants.

“As well as be­ing fun and ed­u­ca­tional, events like this build con­fi­dence, en­cour­age cre­ativ­ity and self-ex­pres­sion and can cre­ate path­ways into col­lege and the film in­dus­try”, the co­or­di­na­tor said.

All par­tic­i­pants will have an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their short films at up­com­ing film fes­ti­val and events.

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