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Education Initiatives

There are a number of film workshops and courses available to primary and secondary school students.


When:  Summer
Suited to:  9 - 13 year olds

This course runs in conjunction with the Lights Out! Film Festival.  It is a five-day, introductory course is designed for those with little or no experience in filmmaking.

A hands-on, practical course, it fully immerses you in the crafts of camera, lighting, sound, directing, screenwriting, editing, producing and storyboarding. The course is fun and dynamic with lots of hands on workshops and group work on all aspects of film.

Transition Year Programme
Organised by the IFI, Arts Council, IFB, IFCO and Dept or Education and Science

When:  During school term
Suited to:  TY Students

This programme comprises of teacher training, film screenings and workshops.  Films screened include films in Irish, German and Spanish, documentaries as well as Leaving Certificate titles. This programme is currently awaiting approval from the NCCA.

School Screenings organised by IFI and the Arts Council

When:  During school term
Suited to:  Primary and secondary students

This programme comprises of film screenings, talks, workshops, teacher training and provision of educational materials.  It aims to promote Irish film, support school curriculum and to broaden the film experience.

Cinemagic Education Outreach

When:  During school term
Suited to:  School and youth groups
Where:  Northern Ireland

Education Outreach works throughout the year with school and youth groups across Northern Ireland offering a programme of hands on educational opportunities for teachers and students.  Events range from careers events to production training and from film criticism to media literacy workshops with top industry professionals.

Cinemagic After School Film Club

In association with Northern Ireland Screen, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (NI)

Suited to:  Primary and secondary students

Students watch a film which is then followed by a short discussion.  Initial training, discussion material, ongoing support and advice is provided throughout the project by Cinemagic.

Young Irish Filmmakers National Youth Film School 
Supported by the Arts Council and private/corporate sponsors

When:  5 weeks each summer
Suited to:  13 -20 year olds

This is a residential school for 20 young film makers run over five weeks during the summer holidays. The programme is a fast-paced, intensive learning practical experience.  All aspects of film making are covered during the production of a feature film over this period.

Young Irish Filmmakers National Youth Film Outreach
Supported by the Arts Council and private/corporate sponsors

When:  Ongoing programmes lasting 1 - 5 days
Suited to:  13 - 20 year olds, community centres, youth clubs

This is a team set up to give short film workshops anywhere in Ireland to groups of young people in schools, community centres or in youth clubs.  They also assist and support young filmmakers to make films, or set up filmmaking groups, in their own areas.

Young Irish Filmmakers Youth Film Training Workshops 

When:  Every Saturday
Where:  Kilkenny
Suited to:  13 - 20 year olds

Saturday short film workshops.  These are run in all aspects of digital film making and several short films are made each term.

Cinemobile Schools Programme
Supported by RTE, IFB and the Arts Council

When:  During school term
Suited to:  Secondary & Primary schools

A selection of films are screened which correspond to comparative film texts and film adaptations of English texts on the Leaving Cert English curriculum as well as a number of foreign language films.

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