Who are we?
Young Irish Film Makers (YIFM) is the national film, animation and digital media organisation for young people across Ireland. Our mission is to make filmmaking and animation accessible to all young people. Anyone aged between 9 to 25 years can take part in one of our practical training workshops in schools, youth clubs, summer camps and residential programmes. Young people are empowered to work with professional equipment to make films, animation and digital media content.
Founded in 1991 as a local film club for teens, YIFM now works with over 1500 young people across Ireland annually in schools, summer camps, after school workshops, local training initiatives and also through The National Youth Film & Animation School. These active learning workshops and projects provide much needed skills for the next generation of young filmmakers, animators and digital content creators.
Many young people who attend our programmes use their experience and portfolio work to gain entry into third level film, animation and media production courses in Ireland and the UK. Those who haven’t remained in the audiovisual industries take with them all the life skills they have learned from their time in YIFM. Skills such as teamwork, communication skills, scheduling, critical thinking and problem solving.
Oscar nominated director Tomm Moore of Cartoon Saloon is a former member of Young Irish Film Makers and says this of the organisation: