This summer, The National Youth Film & Animation School will be hosting 50 young filmmakers and animators at their 10 day residential camps in Kilkenny. Described as ‘the Gaeltacht for creative people’ this residential camp is a once in a lifetime experience for any young person aged 16-19 years, interested in filmmaking or animation. There are two streams of camp run simultaneously, a regular filmmaking camp and a specialised animation camp. The camps run from Sunday 11th to Thursday 21st of August 2019.

The residential film camp will accommodate young filmmakers from all over Ireland and abroad immersing them in the world of film making with practical training workshops, intensive shooting days and long hours in the edit suite.  Script to Screen Training and mentorship through every step of the filmmaking process; facilitating the students to actively learn the skills and job roles involved in pre production, the shoot and finally edit workflow practices. This unique programme gives students the experience and tools they need to present their work in a portfolio format for college applications or entry into the industry.

Young animators will be given 10 days of mentorship and training, giving them the opportunity to work and learn from professional animators about the traditional methods involved in the animation process.  With Kilkenny being the hometown of four time Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon, you never know who might pop in to share their experience, wisdom and expertise.

This is a unique opportunity for young people (16-19yrs) planning a career or college placement in Film, Television and Animation.  Interactive workshops in all aspects of filmmaking – from scripting to lighting, production to editing – all with experts in the field. The final films will premiere in front of an industry audience in the autumn to showcase the young talent.

Over the years, the National Youth Film School has attracted young people from all over Ireland, Europe and even the USA for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to work at a professional level on a broadcast quality film production.  Many young people have used their work with YIFM as a portfolio piece and gone on to attend film schools such as The National Film School at IADT in Dun Laoghaire.

The film school has the backing of Screen Ireland and is run in partnership with the National Film School at IADT.  Industry backing comes from Screen Training Ireland, Cartoon Saloon and Screen Producers Ireland.  All of this support puts it streets ahead as the premiere film training programme for young people in Ireland.

The National Youth Film School has limited capacity and the closing date for registration is May 24th, so log on to for more information.