Announcing New Opportunity for Young People- FREE Online Filmmaking

During these uncertain times we at ‘Cork Young Filmmakers’ want to ensure that young filmmakers continue to have access to enjoyable hands-on professional workshops, developing their filmmaking skills while staying safely at home and keeping entertained. We are delighted to invite applications now to these online filmmaking courses. This year thanks to funding from Cork County Council the workshops are free. 

For budding filmmakers, being confined to home does not mean all projects need to be put on pause!

During Summer 2020 Cork Young Filmmakers with Cork County Council and The Arts Council are for the first time offering Free Online Film Making Courses for Young Peopleage 14 to 18, who are living in the Cork County area. These four courses will run from June 29th to July 24th. You must apply in advance to participate.

Are you interested in making films this summer? Learning top tips and developing your skills through practical exercises and workshops, using your own camera or even your smartphone?

This series of online workshops will provide anyone in this age bracket with an interest in filmmaking the opportunity to work as part of a group with professional filmmakers. The online forum will provide support and encouragement. 

Cork Film Centre’s experienced tutors and professional filmmakers will connect to participants via Zoom to mentor them through the process of making short films from start to finish, using whatever equipment they have available.

A small group of budding filmmakers, 10 in each workshop, will join the tutors online over a ten-day period and focus on particular areas of filmmaking to gain essential skills and knowledge. These online workshops are perfect for emerging filmmakers looking to be part of a creative online community.

The workshop provides an opportunity to

·         meet other young people who are into filmmaking ·         work in a team ·          build a network ·         share skills ·         make two short films. ·         get lots of filmmaking experience

Places are limited and we expect that demand will be very high. Experience preferred but not essential. 


·         Name ·         Address ·         Postal Code ·         Brief outline of experience, if any, that you have; any other courses you have participated in;  any films you may have made & why you feel this course is for you! (Short paragraph will suffice.) ·         Age/Date of Birth ·         Contact Number ·         Name, Contact No., Email address of Parent or Legal Guardian, ( if selected you will need to provide consent).

Selection Criteria– Provided you are age 14-18 and are resident in the County Cork administrative area and display a genuine strong interest in filmmaking you will be considered for a place on a course in your area. The information you provide in your email will be considered in selecting participants. Cork Film Centre provides professional training and equipment demonstrations. A strict child protection policy is operated in relation to the Cork Young Filmmakers programme, which is available on the CFC website. All trainers/filmmakers who are involved in delivering these courses to young people are Garda vetted. 

Each online course takes place over ten days, with a group of ten participants exploring a wide range of filmmaking skills from writing and directing to cinematography, editing, and creating soundtracks.

These workshops are fun and provide much needed creative filmmaking experiences for young people. They are packed with practical activities and will teach young people to use their own equipment. Whether you have a smartphone, DSLR or video camera, you will get hands-on experience and learn a range of important skills to use after the course. In making your own films.

All participants will complete their own short films, two per participant – one documentary and one fictional short.

Workshop No.1 Midleton, East Cork: 29th June to 9th July Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Tuesday, Thursday Workshop No.2 Mallow, North Cork: 30th June to 10th July Tuesday, Thursday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Workshop No.3 Bandon, West Cork: 13th July to 23rd July Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Tuesday, Thursday Workshop No.4 Macroom, West & North Cork: 14th July to 24th July Tuesday, Thursday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday

 Note: Afternoon slots will be available for participants to discuss projects and issues with the tutors. 

These workshops are fully funded by Cork County Council and there is no charge to young people. We are now open for applications and look forward to hearing from you. If you require any further information contact:

Mary Mc Grath Cork Young Filmmakers Coordinator 0868139019