The Cork Young Filmmakers (CYF) project is a series of one-day, two-day and week-long filmmaking workshops for youth groups and schools throughout County Cork. It is managed by Cork Film Centre, and funded by Cork County Council Arts Office and SECAD (South & East Cork Area Development). It has been run annually since 2006. First Cut! Youth Film Festival emerged from this workshop programme and continues to showcase films made as part of it.
Each year, the films produced in schools as part of the CYF programme receive a special screening at First Cut! where the participants from the workshops have the opportunity to see their work on the big screen. Unfortunately the 2020 screening did not go ahead due to the Covid-19 crisis. However, these films can now be viewed online at the links below – just click on the titles to navigate to the films. Enjoy!
Painted Lady (Pobalscoil Na Trionóide, Youghal)
Tea Trade (Coláiste Muire, Cobh)
Diplodonculous (Carrigtwohill Community College)
Who’s Next? (Carrignafoy Community School, Cobh)
Preab (Colaiste Ghobnatan, Baile Mhic Ire)
999 (Hamilton High, Bandon)
Obair Bhaile (Scoil Mhuire, Beal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh)
Pop (Coláiste Muire, Crosshaven)
Mummy’s Boy (St. Fanahan’s College, Mitchelstown)
Conform (St. Brogan’s College, Bandon)
Sweet Stuff (McEgan College, Macroom)
Our School (Kinsale Community School)
Stalked (Kinsale Community School)
In Cold Blood (CBS, Midleton)
Rest Room (Mount Saint Michael’s Secondary School, Rosscarbery)
Welcome to Our School (St. Mary’s High School, Midleton)
Flying Idiot (St. Colmans Community College, Midleton)
2020 Vision (St. Colmans Community College, Midleton)
Munchy Business (De La Salle College, Macroom)
Tógtha (Gaelcholáiste Charraig Ui Leighin)
Vanish (St. Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill)
CYF organises eighteen one-day workshops and three two-day workshops in schools, youth groups and at festivals between July and November, and week-long workshops during the summer. One and two-day workshops are geared towards twelve participants, while the summer weeks host twenty-one.
The shorter workshops provide a concentrated ‘taster’ session of what making a film entails, giving young people a chance to experience scriptwriting, crewing and acting. The week-long workshops allow participants a more in-depth experience of the filmmaking process, including editing, and result in more elaborate final films. A total of twenty-eight films emerge from these workshops each year. These are screened at a special gala event at Cork County Hall in November and at First Cut! Youth Film Festival.
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