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Launch of the National Youth Film School


National Youth Film School goes residential in 2017.

Friday will see the launch of the National Youth Film School 2017 as part of the Dingle Film Festival on Friday, March 24th at 12.30pm in St. James Church.

Young Irish Film Makers (birthplace of Cartoon Saloon!) have been running the  National Youth Film School since 2002 to train young filmmakers in all aspects of filmmaking.  This year in partnership with The National Film School at IADT in Dun Laoghaire and with funding from the Irish Film Board they are bringing youth film training to a new level with a 10-day residential film camp.

A Residential Film Camp 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.  Script to Screen Training and mentorship through every step of the filmmaking process; Facilitating the students to actively learn the skills and job roles involved in pre-production, the shoot and finally edit workflow. 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 broadcast media.  This unique workshop gives students the tools they need to present their work in a portfolio format.

This is a unique opportunity for any young person (16-19yrs) planning a career or college placement in Film or Television.  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 is not to be missed.  The final films will premiere in front of an industry audience in the autumn to showcase the young talent.

Over the years, the National Youth Film School has attracted young people from all over Ireland, Europe and even the USA for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to work at a professional level on a broadcast quality film production.  Many young people have used their work with YIFM as a portfolio piece and gone on to attend film schools such as The National Film School at IADT in Dun Laoghaire.

Industry backing for NYFS comes from Screen Training Ireland, the Screen Directors Guild, Screen Producers Ireland and Filmbase.  Screenwriters working with the film school in the past have included Will Collins (Song of the Sea), Ailbhe Keogan (Run & Jump), Colin Thornton (Date for Mad Mary) and Hugh O’Conor to name a few.  All of this support for NYFS, puts it streets ahead as the premiere film training programme for young people in Ireland.

Young Irish Film Makers have been producing films with young people all over Ireland since 1991 and boasts past members such as Oscar-nominated Tomm Moore (Writer/Director of ‘Song of the Sea’), Luke Harris (3D animator at Brown Bag) and John Morton (Creative Director of Devious Theatre Company).

The National Youth Film School has limited capacity, so watch this space or log on to and industry sites for updates.


2016’s LTI Class Graduation

A photo of YIFM’s LTI First Graduating class

All the team at Young Irish Film Makers extend hearty congratulations to the very first graduates of the YIFM LTI Digital Media, QQI Level 4 Course.
On Thursday 16th March, our class of 2016 once again returned to our studios to be granted their certificates by Mary Butler, Training Services manager at the Kilkenny Carlow ETB. 
Also in attendance at the event were YIFM’s Helen Curtin (LTI Coordinator), Paul Curran (LTI Assistant Coordinator), Mike Kelly (YIFM Founder), Stephen Murphy of the Father McGrath Family Resource Centre, Bernie Eccles (Kilkenny Carlow ETB) and Kevin O’Shea (Kilkenny Carlow ETB). 
“The graduation of young people at this level is always something special.  This group of students are the first to complete the Digital Media course at Young Irish Film Makers and they have really set a high standard for the future.  I am personally delighted with the outcomes for these young people and hope to see them thrive as a result of their time here.  “A huge thank you must go to Helen Curtin and Paul Curran the course coordinators and all the team at the Kilkenny Carlow Education Training Board.”  – Garry McHugh (Director of Young Irish Film Makers)