Teen film pro­duc­ers/di­rec­tors of the fu­ture in­vited to event

Wexford People - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

ST MICHAEL’S THE­ATRE in New Ross is host­ing the Wex­ford Widescreen Film Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, Septem­ber 15, at 6 p.m.

The fes­ti­val cel­e­brates youth film in County Wex­ford and will screen short films cre­ated by teenagers across the county. Young peo­ple in­ter­ested in film are strongly en­cour­aged to at­tend this spe­cial event is open to the pub­lic and en­try is free.

The County Wex­ford Youth Film Project is based in St Michael’s The­atre and fa­cil­i­tates free film­mak­ing and an­i­ma­tion work­shops through­out the year. Par­tic­i­pants have en­joyed na­tional suc­cess and their films have been screened at The Odeon Cin­ema, Dublin, have reached the Na­tional Fresh Film Fi­nals and have been se­lected for screen­ing at The First Cut Film Fes­ti­val in Youghal.

In the past they have also won The Rad­harc Trust Award for their doc­u­men­tary ‘St Mary’s Church’.

A range of events will sur­round the main film pre­miere on Satur­day. At 7 p.m. the Bistro at St. Michael’s The­atre will host a spe­cial talk by film pro­ducer Fiona Kin­sella on the role of the film pro­ducer.

Mean­while this Thurs­day lo­cal schools are in­vited to a screen­ing of youth films from County Wex­ford at 12 p.m.

On Sun­day Septem­ber 16, at 2 p.m. the Gorey School of Art will also jointly screen the films shown at The Widescreen Film Fes­ti­val. The fes­ti­val is co-co­or­di­nated by lo­cal film­maker Therese Dal­ton who said the film and an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try is thriv­ing in Ire­land at the mo­ment.

‘This is a great op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to ex­plore both art forms. We are priv­i­leged to have ac­cess to th­ese work­shops in County Wex­ford’, com­mented Therese.

The Arts Depart­ment of Wex­ford County Coun­cil and St Michael’s The­atre in New Ross fund the Widescreen Film Fes­ti­val and work­shops.

Any­body in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the film­mak­ing work­shops can re­quest in­for­ma­tion from wex­fordy­outh­film@gmail. com.

Some young film­mak­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in a film project in New Ross.

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