Youth Film Fest to draw crowds

By David Looby

Published 21/04/2015 | 00:00

Roisin Murray of County Wexford Youth Film Project.
Roisin Murray of County Wexford Youth Film Project.
Clara Smith, Fiachra Coughlan, Aaron-Deeves Egan, Rob Donnelly, Ilsa Flynn, Adam Hirst and Anna Dillon.

COUNTY Wexford Youth Film Project is celebrating its 10th anniversary during Wexford Widescreen Youth Film Festival, which runs from Thursday, April 23 to Saturday, April 25 in St. Michael's Theatre, New Ross.

Hundreds of young people from across the county have participated in the project since it was initiated in 2005 by Wexford County Council, in partnership with St. Michael's Theatre and The Arts Council. Youths have been getting behind the camera making short films and learning all of the key aspects involved in filmmaking including: camera operation, sound recording, scriptwriting, directing, postproduction and acting for screen. The project developed Wexford Widescreen Youth Film Festival in 2012, expanded to Enniscorthy in 2013 and is expanding to the Gorey area in 2015. As well as receiving their premiere in New Ross, films from the project have been broadcast on television and have won awards at youth film festivals.

Wexford Widescreen begins on Thursday with a free screening for schools at 12 p.m. This programme features highlights of the youth film project from 2013 to 2014.

Award-winning animators from Paper Panther Productions in Dublin are facilitating a two hour stop-motion animation workshop on Saturday at 12 p.m. in St. Michael's Theatre. Places on the workshop are free, but limited and must be booked in advance.

The main festival screening is at 3 p.m. on Saturday. It is the gala premiere of short films from County Wexford Youth Film Project 2014-15. Alongside the films from New Ross, films from last summer's project at the Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy and the January 2015 project in Gorey Library will also be screened.

A special vox-pop film is also being screened during the main event to mark the 10th anniversary of the project. Current and former participants, living in Ireland and abroad, have recorded their own videos on smart phones, tablets, cameras and computers for this short film, telling the audience what the project has meant to them.

Wexford County Council has provided extra funding for film project t-shirts to mark the anniversary, and these will be presented to the participants on the day. The audience will also be treated to free popcorn on the way in to the premiere.

A short filmmaking seminar about studying film at 3rd level will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The free seminar will feature a Q&A with young people attending film courses in Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Carlow and Houston School of Film in Galway. During the festival, a video booth in the theatre foyer will show highlights from the film project over the last ten years. For more information phone St. Michael's Theatre on 051 421255 or email info@stmichaelsnewross.com.

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