14 June 2022
By Tom Collins
The recent success of Irish films on the international stage, such as Irish language film Cailín Ciúin, the Oscar nominated, animated film Wolfwalkers, and Netflix horror You Are Not My Mother, has put Irish filmmaking in the spotlight. Coupled with a record-breaking year in 2021 for the Irish TV and Film industry, now is the perfect time to get into filmmaking with Cork Young Filmmakers Summer Camps.
Young people based in Cork aged 14 – 18yrs are invited to join expert tutors Chris Hurley and Maximilian Le Cain from Cork Film Centre in a week-long programme where they will have access to professional equipment and filmmaking knowledge. They will learn all the necessary skills to make a short film including: storytelling, direction, film production, script development, sound, lighting, cinematography and editing.
‘It is a great opportunity for young people to try out different aspects of filmmaking, meet new people, have fun and learn all about working in a team. With funding from Cork County Council, SECAD Partnership, Cork Education and Training Board (ETB), and Creative Ireland, the low cost makes these opportunities accessible to everyone’ said Mary Mc Grath, Cork Young Filmmakers Coordinator. ‘Young people are guided through the filmmaking process, helping them to develop a range of transferable skills leading to the creation of films. Participants develop confidence, learn new skills, develop and produce short films. For many of the participants, it is also about creating pathways into college, university and the film industry. We are aware of the huge interest in filmmaking amongst young people and are delighted that this programme has expanded into Cork County as a whole, with venues this year in Midleton, Mallow, Macroom, Cobh and Bandon. As with every year, spaces are filling up fast so get in touch with us today to book your place.’
The camps encourage young people to develop skills in front of and behind the camera, with no previous filmmaking experience required to take part. Participants work in small teams to create a new film during the week, while having fun, being creative and expressing themselves.
All films created during the summer camps will be screened in front of a live audience at First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2023 in Youghal, Co. Cork. An overall best film award will be presented to the winning film group.
There are 5 summer courses to choose from, taking place in Midleton, Mallow, Cobh, Macroom, and Bandon between 27th June – 29th July 2022. Each camp runs 10am – 4:30pm daily and costs €75 per person. Following sold-out camps in 2021, participants are advised to book today without delay. Booking Information: https://firstcutfilmfestival.com/cork-young-filmmakers-summer-film-week/