Young Irish Film Makers
St. Joseph’s Studios
Tel: (056) 77 64677
Hours of Operation: 9am to 5pm
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:
‘Young Irish Film Makers inspired me to become a filmmaker. The easy going, yet disciplined, atmosphere introduced me to the joys of teamwork and storytelling at an early age. I have carried those lessons through my whole career.’
Tomm Moore Cartoon Saloon
Empower young people to develop their creative practice, produce their own work, explore new ideas and their approach to creating audio visual content.
Embed core life skills such as communication, teamwork, collaborative work, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving through the youth arts practice of filmmaking and animation.
Provide opportunities for disadvantaged and marginalised young people to engage with film and animation.
Support young people in their efforts to tell their own stories, produce and exhibit their own work.
Assist young people to create portfolio work which will assist them on their pathway towards further education or career in the creative arts or audiovisual sectors.
To demonstrate and evidence the impact of our work with young people.
YIFM work with schools (including DEIS schools), youth groups, youth and community services across Ireland to deliver workshops for ages 9 – 25 yrs.
After school clubs and Summer Camps for young people aged 9 – 16yrs in the Kilkenny area.
16-19 year olds interested in a career or college placement in film or animation.
Youth and community workers who wish to use filmmaking as part of their youth work practice.
Young people at risk such as early school leavers, disadvantaged youth and also the NEET’s demographic (16 – 25 year old long term unemployed persons).
After School Programmes (4 after school workshops per week for 9-18yrs). Film club for young people, based locally at YIFM Studios in Kilkenny. Film making, digital media production and drama workshops.
Summer Camps (4 week long programmes for 9-16yrs). Young people are given the opportunity to explore all the creative disciplines within film culture. Learning new skills together with their peers in a supported, safe and creative environment.
Local Training Initiative in Digital Media (40 Week full time course for 20 Learners @ QQI Level 5) Digital Media training model to provide digital literacy, employable skills and pathways to further education for disadvantaged young people.
Career Traineeship in Animation (40 Week full time course for 15 Learners @ QQI Level 4/5). This programme creates career pathways through a work based learning programme on site at Cartoon Saloon Animation Studios.
YIFM NATIONAL YOUTH FILM OUTREACH. 3 Day intensive youth arts programme facilitating young people to to tell their own stories, produce and exhibit their own work. This programme primarily focuses on disadvantaged and marginalised young people.
The National Youth Film & Animation School. 10 Day Residential programme for young persons aged 16-19yrs interested in a career or college placement in film or animation. This programme supports bursary placements for disadvantaged and marginalised young people.
Young Women in Film: 3 Day intensive youth arts programme facilitating young females aged 14-17yrs. YIFM have partnered with IADT National Film School to run an advocacy & training programme promoting gender equality and empowerment of young women to enter the film & audiovisual industries.
Young Irish Film Makers
St. Joseph’s Studios