Youth arts film training workshops
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.