Tallaght Young Filmmakers

Tallaght Young Filmmakers: South Dublin County Council’s Arts Office

Tallaght Young Filmmakers (TYF) is an award-winning youth-led filmmaking group that has been in existence since 2008. It was initiated with support from the Arts Council’s Young Ensembles Scheme and is currently sustained by support from South Dublin County Council’s Arts Office. There are currently 20 members, ages 14 – 19 from across South Dublin County.

In 2008, seven young people involved in two school-based film projects (Killinarden Community School and Jobstown Community College) shared a desire to start their own after-school filmmaking group. A number of these individuals came together with South Dublin County Council’s Film and Visual Arts Coordinator for West Tallaght and the Youth Arts Coordinator to apply for the Arts Council’s Young Ensembles Scheme initiative launched in 2008.

Their successful application established Tallaght Young Filmmakers. The aim of the group has been to strengthen the infrastructure and excellence of youth films produced in Tallaght through a programme led by the creative agenda of the young people involved. In taking a youth-led approach, TYF provided a supportive environment in which young people gained confidence, experience, and skills in the process of filmmaking through collaboration with both their peers and professional filmmakers.

Meeting weekly in RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, the group is facilitated by filmmaker Peter Kelly and supported by a Welfare Officer. TYF’s membership includes young people who have either previously participated in school-based film projects and/or have an interest in filmmaking. Collectively, the group has over seven years experience in script-writing, camera work, directing, and editing.

Film equipment originally sourced with funds from Pobal was updated in 2013 through the pooling of resources with the Tenderfoot programme at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght which provides interested students with an opportunity to learn about theatre through apprenticeship.

Tallaght Young Filmmakers have taken every initiative to link with established resources within the film and television industry having made connections and worked with Filmbase, DCTV, RTÉ and Areaman Productions. They have made documentary films of events such as NOISE Flicks Youth Film Festival and NOISEmoves Youth Dance Festival as well as UNWRAPPED Winter Festival.

The project was the winner of the 2011 Excellence in Local Government Awards: Sustaining the Arts.

Recent film achievements include:

The Break In
Selected for the Fresh Film 2015

The Late Doctors Daughter

Group winner of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker Awards 2014, Fresh Film Festival,
Official Jury Selection for Galway Junior Film Fleadh 2014,
Official Selection Up to 21 Poland 2104,
Awards for Directing, Production, Editing NOISE Flicks 2014

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