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A Nationwide Call for Young Filmmakers

National Youth Film School

The National Youth Film School

The National Youth Film School (NYFS) is back this year as the demand grows for talented young filmmakers to take their skills to the next level. Those hoping to start their careers in filmmaking, journalism or television production can take this chance to work with their peers and industry experts to produce a portfolio piece in the shape of a short film which will be produced, directed, shot and edited by the young people involved.

The National Youth Film School was launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan (pictured) and Young Irish Film Makers (YIFM), the national organization for youth film in Ireland. YIFM have run the School since 2002, and this year they have teamed up with IADT Dun Laoghaire and have industry backing from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), Screen Training Ireland, the Screen Directors Guild, Screen Producers Ireland and Filmbase.

Sixty young people will be called to attend industry master-classes at Easter, and thirty budding filmmakers will be chosen to attend a week-long training and production workshop during the summer. The school will have industry experts, practical workshops and top-of-the-range film equipment. Participating young filmmakers will get the chance to work on a professionally run crew to produce a short film, which will have its industry premiere in the autumn.

The National Youth Film School is specifically designed for young people aged 16 to 19 who are interested in pursuing a career in filmmaking or television. The programme will include interactive workshops in all aspects of film-making – from writing to lighting, production to editing – supervised by professional experts in the field. Over the years, the National Youth Film School has attracted young people from all over Ireland, Europe and even the USA to Kilkenny for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to work at a professional level on a broadcast quality film production.

Over the last 21 years Young Irish Film Makers has helped many young people to develop their skills and work towards attending film schools such as IADT National Film School in Dun Laoghaire. Previous students include Cartoon Saloon’s Tomm Moore, director of the Oscar nominated The Secret of Kells.

Minister Deenihan commented, “The National Youth Film School will be of great benefit to young filmmakers. It is the first industry backed, nationally co-coordinated programme for young Irish film talent consisting of master-classes, career coaching, hands-on sessions and engagement with current industry professionals. It will equip participants with the practical knowledge, skills and contacts to ensure they are fully supported through high-level training to become a key part of the Irish film industry.”

Mike Kelly, Creative Director at Young Irish Film Makers, commented, “This is an amazing opportunity for any young person interested in film or television as a career. With the generous backing of the National Film School IADT and the film industry, students who take part in the National Youth Film School will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow their skills, see the industry from the inside out and make all the right moves towards college and a career in film.”

The call is out for budding filmmakers aged 16 to 19 to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Visit for more details and to register.