Creating New Stories from the Past

Creating New Stories from the Past
Fri May 7th, 6pm 


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A screening of films made by participants in the Creating New Stories from the Past workshop. This workshop was a collaboration between First Cut! and the Make Film History project which gave young filmmakers the opportunity to make a three-minute film from archival footage.

Over the course of two weeks, participants gained access to archives – a combination from the BFI and IFI archives, for a variety of subject matter and eras and made their own unique films. International award winning filmmaker Tadhg O Sullivan led a workshop on the creative re-use of archive film, in collaboration with the Make Film History project, which makes available archive films from the BBC, BFI National Archive, Irish Film Institute and Northern Ireland Screen for educational use by young filmmakers. This was followed by a Smartphone Filmmaking Workshop with Póca Productions, a training organisation dedicated to teaching video production skills using the technology and software available on a smartphone. This gave participants the industry-standard skills and techniques necessary to plan, film and edit their short film using the technology and software available on your phone.

During this event, a prize of a Marantz MPM 1000 condenser microphone will be presented for the best film in the programme.

 Make Film History

The creative reuse of moving image archive material remains problematic, beset by questions of copyright law, rights clearance and “fair dealing” exceptions, and an audiovisual archives sector without a standardised framework to open up access to this material for creative reuse by filmmakers in education and the community who cannot afford commercial license fees.

The Make Film History network will address this problem by developing a new, sustainable model for the creative reuse of archive material for non-commercial use. This pilot study will offer audiovisual archives within the network a low-risk framework for long-term collaboration with stakeholders working with young filmmakers in education, training and the community.