National Youth Film & Animation School BURSARY 2024



Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland are funding 8 unique bursaries aimed at supporting creative young people from disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds (16-19yrs)((socio-economic, minority ethnic, asylum seekers/refugees, disability, geographically isolated) to attend a ten day residential film & animation camp this August.  The bursary is for young people who want to explore the possibility of a career or college placement in Film or Animation.  

Who can apply? We are reaching out to youth and community workers to nominate a young person aged between 16-19years they feel would benefit from a fantastic programme like the National Youth Film & Animation School.  You may know of a young person in your youth group or youth arts programme who has a talent or passion for filmmaking or is interested in animation.  They don’t have to be a genius, or even have made a film, just the passion or raw talent you feel needs a helping hand.  Young people are mentored and supported throughout the programme in all aspects of the film making or animation process, so once they have the interest to participate, they will learn loads by just taking part.

How to apply? To apply scroll to the registration form at the bottom of the page and fill out the requested information. You will be asked to tell us why this young person should be selected for the bursary in no more than 100 words or in a 60 second video. There is also an option to submit a relevant piece of work by the young person.

What does the bursary cover? The bursary will cover the young person’s fees, accommodation and travel costs to make sure there are no financial barriers for them to participate in the programme. The programme fees cover full bed & board with an additional pocket money fund available if this is deemed necessary.  There is very little need for pocket money as there are only one or two off site activities such as a cinema night or a trip to the theatre. The young people will be kept busy making films or taking part in game nights during free time.

Welfare of the young person? As this is a residential programme, there will be 24 hour supervision with Overnight & Daytime Welfare Officers on hand to look after any needs the young people attending may have.  Young Irish Film Makers are the organisers of this programme and have all the relevant Garda Vetting, child protection training, policies, procedures and welfare staff in place.



  • Nominations MUST come from a youth worker or community worker.  
  • This bursary is specifically aimed to support young people who come from disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who may not otherwise be able to attend the National Youth Film School.  (socio-economic, minority ethnic, asylum seekers/refugees, disability, geographically isolated, LGBTQIA++)
  • We want to ensure the best interests of the young person’s artistic and personal development.
  • You must get the permission of the young person and their parent/guardian in order to nominate them for a bursary.  
  • Young persons with a passion or talent for film making or animation.  
  • Candidates chosen will represent a geographical spread across Ireland
  • The young person must be available to attend the film camp from 7th-17th August 2023 in Kilkenny (Travel, accommodation & spending money (where needed) will be included in bursary funds)
  • The young person you nominate must be aged between 16-19 years.


For more information or if you would like to talk with us before nominating a young person, please call Tom on 089 614 3879 or email with your query. 


FEEL FREE TO SHARE this information with anyone you feel might have a young person who fits the bill.  It is aimed at youth workers, youth film facilitators, youth arts workers, or community workers.  


10 Day Residential Film Camp (Kilkenny, 7-17 August 2023) The film making programme will accommodate young filmmakers from all over Ireland to immerse them in the world of filmmaking with practical training workshops, intensive shooting days and long hours in the edit suite.  The camp will include interactive workshops in all aspects of filmmaking – from writing to lighting, production to editing – all with experts in the field, coupled with the experience of working on a professional film crew.  The final films will premiere in front of an industry audience in the autumn to showcase the young talent. 

The 10 Day Residential Animation Camp (Kilkenny, 7-17 August 2023)  We have a residential Animation school that runs alongside the film making school.  This brings young creative artists together from all across Ireland to work with professional animators who will teach them the foundations of animation, giving them an amazing opportunity to develop their craft and prepare for a college placement or career in animation.  With mentorship from some great industry professionals, you will have an opportunity to stretch your drawing muscles and get a fully animated workout!  And we are in the hometown of three time Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon, so you never know who might drop in to say hello and share some wisdom.

In the autumn, there will be a screening of their work and portfolio workshops will be hosted at The National Film School in IADT for students who are preparing to apply for college to study film, television or animation.  This unique workshop gives students the tools they need to present their work in a portfolio format.



If you want to see what the film and animation school is like, you can have a look at these short documentaries from 2018.

Full Documentary:

Animation Documentary:

Bursary Documentary:     


                                     Dates for 2024 Bursary – to be announced.


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