Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet announce Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship and Symposium 2017.

Screen Training Ireland, and Animation Skillnet announce the Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship 2017/18.  To coincide with the launch of the Graduate Traineeship Programme for the Irish Animation and VFX sectors there will be a two day symposium packed full of exciting talks and masterclasses in the area of animation and VFX which will take place in the Morrison Hotel Dublin on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st of October.

The Graduate Traineeship Programme 2017/18 will take place over a six month period and is targeted at developing skills and talent in the Irish animation and VFX sector.  The programme will involve a mix of on-the-job training/mentoring as well as additional specialist training/mentoring delivered through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland.  The participating trainees will receive tailored training as well as specialist skills development in their assigned host studios.  Past participating studios include Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films, Boulder Media, JAM Media, Screen Scene VFX and Windmill Lane VFX.

Delegates at the Symposium will have an opportunity to hear from top Irish and international animation and VFX practitioners to include Eamonn Butler, Head of Cinesite Animation Division (INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGANCE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, EDGE OF TOMORROW); Brian Coldrick, Illustrator & Concept Artist (DOCTOR WHO, RED DWARF, ZAPPED); Scott Pritchard, Compositing Supervisor (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, INCEPTION); Sanna Myllykangas, Story Artist, Rovio & Aardman Animations; Damien O’Connor, Director, Brown Bag Films (ANGELA’S CHRISTMAS); Fred Burdy, CG Supervisor,  Brown Bag Films (ANGELA’S CHRISTMAS).

Day two of the symposium will include an exciting range of masterclasses including, Previs Fundamentals with Elaina Scott (AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, THE HUNGER GAMES, HUGO); Animal Anatomy and Mechanics with Annie-award nominated and Eisner-award nominated graphic novelist Sydney Padua (THE LION KING, THE JUNGLE BOOK, THE IRON GIANT); Gesture, Figure Drawing & Design Language for Animation with Richard Smitheman, Visual Development Artist (ROCK DOG, ENCHANTED, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT).

In addition, Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet will be revealing details of an international mentoring fund designed to offer animation and VFX practitioners at all levels access to local and international talent in order to build customised, structured mentoring supports in the industry.

Gareth Lee, Manager of Animation Skillnet, said: “It’s great to be launching the third iteration of the highly successful VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship Programme with a Symposium featuring outstanding International and Irish speakers from the world of Animation and VFX. The Traineeship Programme has played a significant role in addressing skills gaps in Ireland over the last few years, while the Symposium gives local talent the opportunity to learn from and network with high-level global talent.”

If you are interested in attending this event, please register at Animation Skillnet here by Friday the 13th of October.  Tickets range from €80 (waged)/€40 (unwaged) for two days to €50 (waged)/€25 (unwaged) for one day.

The VFX and Animation Symposium is supported by Screen Training Ireland, Animation Skillnet, the Irish Film Board, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, and the Industrial Development Authority.

Image: AN ODE TO LOVE, courtesy of Brown Bag Films

Investigations 2017: Beyond Borders

We are delighted to support Seán McAllister in conversation with Richard Crowley as part of the ‘Investigations 2017: Beyond Borders”, the 4th annual investigative documentary filmmaking seminar organized by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund.

This event will take place on Friday 13th 2017 in the Irish Film Institute. The seminar, which is open to the public, will feature screenings, conversations and discussions with experienced industry professionals chaired by three leading journalists and broadcasters; Keelin Shanley, Richard Crowley and Tanya Sillem.

This year’s seminar will explore the challenges and opportunities which arise for investigative filmmakers when working outside their native culture. Through in-depth interviews and screenings seminar attendees will learn about on-the-ground challenges when filming beyond borders. With a backdrop of the development of digital and online technologies over the past decade, the seminar  will look at the potential of cross-border collaboration, examine the responsibilities to participants which the filmmaker must consider and discuss the breadth of outcomes which emerge when filmmakers look beyond borders.

Commencing at 11am, Session One: Under Fire-Filming in Conflict Zones will include an opportunity to see “Mozambique- The Scene of a Crime” (Mary Raftery, 1988, Today Tonight, RTÉ)  followed by a discussion with award winning DOP Cedric Culliton, Mary Raftery’s long time collaborator, who also filmed this documentary.  Cedric has filmed in many conflict zones around the world and currently works in RTEs Investigative Unit. Together with Mary Cedric filmed many documentaries including international stories in Western Sahara, Namibia, Lebanon and South Africa.  Following the screening Cedric will talk with broadcaster Keelin Shanley about his experiences over five decades working in investigative filmmaking.

At 2pm Session 2: SEAN McALLISTER in conversation with RICHARD CROWLEY will offer a rare opportunity to hear from award-winning documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister.  With films such as ‘A Syrian Love StoryThe Liberace Of Baghdad,’ ‘Japan: A Story of Love and Hate’ and ‘The Reluctant Revolutionary’ McAllister is known for his work about people caught-up in a world of political turmoil and personal conflict. This session will offer a unique opportunity to get an insight into working under extreme conditions. Sean will be in conversation with journalist and broadcaster Richard Crowley.

At 3.45pm Session 3:  – WORKING BEYOND BORDERS will explore the full breadth of challenges and opportunities faced by a filmmaker when making a documentary outside their own environment. What skills and supports are useful or essential? What does the development of digital and online technologies mean for filmmakers? What are the pros and cons of collaboration with global partners? What responsibilities does  the filmmaker have to participants, funders, the audience? These will be amongst the topics under discussion in ‘Working Beyond Borders’. Producer and Broadcaster Tanya Sillem will be joined  by with journalists Paola Totaro and Ziad Ghandour and filmmaker Alan Gilsenan.

For tickets & event details, see Tickets (€5 per session/€10 for 3 sessions) are available from the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477(€10 offer not available online or via email).


Production Bursary awarded and Immersive Stories: Conference & Exhibiton Announced for Audi Dublin International Film Festival

Production Bursary of €30,000 awarded and Immersive Stories: Conference & Exhibition curated by Eoghan Cunneen of Lucasfilm announced for the Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2018.

Creative Director Aoife Doyle and Producer Niamh Herrity of Pink Kong Studios alongside writer Denis James Ryan were together awarded a bursary to a value of €30,000 by ADIFF, Screen Training Ireland & Audi Ireland to produce their virtual reality concept THE THUNDRA which will premiere as part of Immersive Stories: Conference & Exhibition at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2018.

The award was made after a competitive pitching process at the Immersive Content Creation Event and Hackathon that took place in Dublin on 23rd & 24th September. The industry participants’ electric response to the event that featured keynote speakers such as VR pioneer and Head of Submarine Channel Michel Reilhac and Emmy Award-winning VR director Stefan Grambart demonstrates the excitement that new technological platforms and new forms of storytelling are generating in the Irish film, TV and media production sector. ADIFF TV has just released a video report giving a taste of the weekend and what’s to come in next year’s Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

ADIFF Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said “In partnership with Audi, our title sponsor and Screen Training Ireland we’re proud to be at the forefront of mapping out new ways of imagining stories and experiences for new technological platforms. We were delighted with the high standard of competing projects for the bursary and we’re looking forward to seeing our winning project, The Tundra from Pink Kong Studios’, develop in the run-up to the 2018 Audi Dublin International Film Festival where it will premiere as part of our Immersive Stories: Conference & Exhibition. Curated by Eoghan Cunneen from Lucasfilm, this major new addition to the programme will bring a variety of keynote speakers and an interactive VR arcade.”

Richard Molloy, Head of Marketing and Product for Audi Ireland said: “Audi Ireland would like to extend its congratulations to the winning entry, THE TUNDRA from Pink Kong Studios. We were particularly inspired by their creative interpretation of the project theme ‘25th Hour’ and very much look forward to the premiere of the virtual reality concept as part of the 2018 Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Furthermore, the high standard of all entries confirms Ireland’s exciting future in this emerging and expanding industry.”

Aoife Doyle, Creative Director of Pink Kong Studios said: “We’re over the moon to have had our piece The Tundra chosen as the winner of the ADIFF award for VR short. Virtual Reality is something we’ve been wanting to explore in the studio for some time. We’re super excited to now have the opportunity to create our first VR film with the support of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival and Screen Training Ireland.”

The winning concept responded to the theme set by Audi of the ‘25th hour’, the hour many will gain due to the future arrival of self-driving cars. The judging panel included actor, filmmaker and photographer Hugh O’Conor on behalf of ADIFF, Emmy-award-winning VR director Stefan Grambart and Richard Molloy, Head of Marketing & Product, Audi Ireland.

Screen Training Ireland is a long-term partner of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Their partnership has developed significantly with this project: together developing creative and innovative ways to address training needs within the screen sector. This collaboration will continue into ADIFF 2018 where Immersive Stories: Conference & Exhibition will benefit from Screen Training Ireland’s support and expertise.

Curator of the Immersive Stories: Conference & Exhibition, Eoghan Cunneen, is a Senior Software Engineer at Lucasfilm Ltd’s Advanced Development Group where he has worked on STAR WARS: TRIALS ON TATOOINE and Alejandro Iñarritu’s highly acclaimed CARNE y ARENA, the first virtual reality experience to be included at the Festival de Cannes in May 2017. Eoghan is also the co-founder of the Irish VFX + Animation Summit and previously worked at Academy Award-winning visual effects studio Framestore where he worked on titles such as GRAVITY, PADDINGTON, ROBOCOP and CLASH OF THE TITANS.

Register your interest in attending Immersive Stories: Conference & Exhibition during the 2018 festival at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival Website here.

With some of Audi Dublin International Film Festival galas films for 2018 already nearly finalised, it’s never too early to secure your seat at all the key events of the 16th Audi Dublin International Film Festival as season tickets and gift vouchers are already on sale at


IndiCork Festival: How To Get Your Project Financed, Produced, Delivered, and Released

Screen Training Ireland and the IndieCork Film Festival are delighted to announce a one-day workshop aimed at industry professionals and emerging producers and directors. The workshop takes place on Thursday 12th of October and will be held in the magnificent Nano Nagle Place on Douglas Street.

The aim of the workshop is to enable participants to develop a greater understanding of the realities of bringing their film projects to the screen and to the international marketplace.

Topics covered will include financing, film delivery, festival strategies and releasing.

There will also be a case study of Patrick O’Shea’s documentary WHY IS THERE ANYTHING INSTEAD OF NOTHING. This receives its first cinema screening at the festival having been recently picked up for worldwide distribution by Starline Entertainment who will represent the film at Mipcom.

Presenters:  Carey Fitzgerald of Starline Entertainment and Rebecca Hawks of Schedule 2 will reveal the secrets, as well as the pitfalls, of turning your idea into an onscreen reality ready for worldwide distribution.

Carey Fitzgerald is Strategy Manager with Starline Entertainment which specialises in the production, financing and marketing of films as well as handling international distribution.

Rebecca Hawkes is Managing Director of Schedule 2. With expertise in the fields of technical services and international delivery, Schedule 2 works closely with filmmakers guiding them through all stages of the film journey.

Paddy O’Shea is a professional filmmaker, directing shorts, documentaries and a feature film. He also lectures in TV and Film in Griffith College Cork. Patrick’s feature documentary, WHY IS THERE ANYTHING INSTEAD OF NOTHING (2017), portrays the life and work of Irish/American artist Tighe O’Donoghue/Ross.

Fee: €25 (includes lunch and teas/coffees).

Places are limited and attendance is by application to

Image: WHY IS THERE ANYTHING INSTEAD OF NOTHING (2017), Southernman Films.

Graham Linehan special guest at International TV Summit

In the age of Video on Demand, with new ways of consuming content and ever tightening budgets, is TV at a crossroads?  

An interview with special guest Graham Linehan (FATHER TED, THE IT CROWD, BLACK BOOKS), a panel with the Director Generals of the main broadcasters in Ireland and another with funders from the world of Video on Demand are some of the highlights of the FÍS TV Summit, hosted by Galway Film Centre and taking place in Galway on October 12th.

The international summit is aimed at producers and content creators from throughout Ireland and it will take place in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. The main focus of the summit is the question: “In the age of Video on Demand, with new ways of consuming content and ever-tightening budgets, is TV at a crossroads?” The event will also have a special strand dedicated to discussing programming for young people.

Placing Ireland on the global stage, as a centre of excellence for media production is one of the key pillars of the Government’s arts policy, and Galway UNESCO City of Film considers it timely to discuss the current landscape with the heads of the main channels. Taking part in the event are Dee Forbes (RTÉ), Alan Esslemont (TG4), Pat Kiely (TV3) and Peter Johnston (BBC NI), who will discuss the challenges and opportunities they face in their roles and the rapidly changing and evolving landscape of content creation.

One of the key changes in TV in recent is how audiences consume content and the related economics arising from that, so there will be a special focus on VOD and the OTT (Over the Top) sector, particularly Subscription VOD sector (SVOD), with an international panel of speakers from Yaddo, Acorn TV, Rights Stuff and QYou. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to arrange one-to-one meetings with the VOD speakers.

Young People’s Programming is an exciting area in Ireland at the moment, with many Irish companies performing well globally. The Summit will focus on how to reach this next generation of junior audiences with speakers from CBeeBies, RTÉ, TG4 and Paper Owl.

The day will be interspersed with networking lunches, receptions and one-to-one meetings for producers.

This event is hosted by Galway Film Centre, in association with TG4, the Western Development Commission, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Gréasán Na Meán, Screen Training Ireland, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTÉ, GMIT, Creative Europe Galway, Mazars and the Arts Council.

Tickets to the event are available through Eventbrite

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Programme Coordinator Role: Career Traineeship with Cartoon Saloon

Screen Training Ireland, Young Irish Filmmakers and Animation Skillnet, on behalf of Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (KCETB), are collaborating with international award-winning animation studio Cartoon Saloon to offer a Career Traineeship for the role of Animation Studio Assistant.

The consortium is seeking a Programme Coordinator to manage and administer the delivery of this programme.  This position is an excellent opportunity to become part of a new Career Traineeship designed to deliver critical animation studio assistance skills through classroom and work-based learning in Cartoon Saloon Animation Studio in Kilkenny.  This Level 4 programme will be targeted at those seeking creative employment opportunities in the Kilkenny region.

Personal specification: 

The successful candidate:

  • will have the ability to work and engage with participants in an informal learning environment.
  • must be a strong leader with excellent facilitation, organisational and interpersonal skills.
  • must demonstrate the ability to be creative and work on their own initiative to deliver on project deadlines.
  • will be called upon to write and deliver regular work reports and learner evaluations through the QQI/ETB reporting systems.

Skills required: 

Excellent administration skills.  SOLAS/ETB/QQI reporting and support systems.

  • Strong communication and facilitation skills.  Coordinators will be required to deliver course modules at QQI Level 4/5(see course modules below)
  • Must hold a qualification at Level 6 or above for the required subject and have a relevant education/training qualification.
  • Working Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Mac & PC literate.
  • Knowledge of the animation/audiovisual sector.
  • Experience in the area of training/arts administration/facilitation/youth intervention schemes an advantage.


The coordinator will be tasked with delivering some generic modules as provisionally outlined below, as well as working with Subject Matter Experts and Cartoon Saloon team to manage other specialist modules.

Module QQI Level Course Code Credits
Drawing L4 3N0581 10
Teamworking L4 4N1169 10
Communications L4 4N0689 15
Information Technology Skills L4 4N1125 10
Spreadsheets L4 5N1977 10
Career Planning L4 4N1109 10
Work Practice L4 4N1170 15
Computer Illustrated Graphics L5 5N1929 15
Potential Credits 95


 Position Details:

  • 44 week contract.  October 2017 – September 2018.
  • 2 weeks preparation – October 2017, 37 weeks course delivery November 2017 – August 2018; and 2 weeks sign off & administration.
  • 37.5 hours per week
  • Salary – €29,700
  • Position subject to Garda vetting.

Applications: Please forward cover letter and CV to by Monday 2nd October 2017.

Interviews: Interviews will be held week ending 6th October at Young Irish Film Makers office in Kilkenny.

Two rounds of interviews may be held.

Closing date for applications Monday 2nd October 2017. 

About the Partners:

Kilkenny and Carlow ETB Training Services

KCETB Training Services Unit as part of Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board is committed to delivering an extensive range of training courses to our learners. Learners include persons entering the labour market for the first time, persons changing career, persons wishing to up-date or acquire new skills and early school leavers.

We offer an extensive range of training programmes for young people and adults who wish to develop the skills and competencies that are required for the workplace and/or for progression to further education and training opportunities. All of our courses lead to nationally and internationally industry recognised accreditation. Furthermore, many of our courses lead directly into employment. Our courses are offered FREE OF CHARGE to all learners.  

Screen Training Ireland

Screen Training Ireland part of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board is the national training and development resource specifically created for Ireland’s film and television industry. It was established in 1995 to provide continuing training and career development opportunities for professionals working in the screen sectors.

We work with national and internationally recognised industry professionals, both locally and internationally, to identify, design and deliver training for Irish professionals. Training programmes are offered to practitioners and companies to enhance their expertise in Film, Television, Animation and interactive screen content.  

Young Irish Filmmakers

Founded in 1991 Young Irish Film Makers is an exciting, dynamic and ambitious national youth arts organisation that aims to develop talent, creativity and skills in young people.  The strength of the organisation lies in the ability to combine film making and digital media creation with personal and professional development in an informal learning environment.

Nationally, YIFM works with over 1200 young people annually, delivering workshops in film and digital media, particularly for those in disadvantaged areas.  These active learning workshops and projects provide much needed skills for the next generation of young filmmakers and digital content creators.  

Animation Skillnet

Animation Skillnet provides subsidised training solutions to the animation, games and VFX sectors in Ireland. We run subsidised, high-end, bespoke training courses designed and delivered by industry specialists and we organise and support professional networking events and conferences for these sectors in Ireland and internationally.



New Animation Initiatives Announced

Screen Training Ireland is delighted to announce new initiatives in the creative animation area designed to support writers with an interest in writing for animation.

This focus on animation writing is designed to support key creatives working in animation to develop new and interesting content for the television animation market.

In the first of these initiatives screenwriter Barbara Slade, ANGELINA BALLERINA (ITV/PBS/NICKELODEON), ROTTEN RALPH (FOX/BBC NICKELODEON) and COMMMIN’ ATCHA! (ITV), will support writers/writing teams in an animation writers’ room set up, where creatives will have the opportunity to develop an animated television series.

Further courses in the creative animation strand will be announced in the coming weeks.


Image: THE BREADWINNER, Cartoon Saloon.

Schedule and Speakers Announced for Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Conference in Dublin

Screen Training Ireland, in association with Audi Ireland and Audi Dublin International Film Festival, announce details of an Immersive Content Creation Conference at the RHA Gallery Dublin on Saturday, 23rd September.

The conference takes place across two days, 23-24 September in Dublin, and will offer keynote speeches, interactive panel discussions, demos using the latest VR/AR technology; and a VR/Immersive Story Hackathon with a prize of up to €30,000 to produce a VR project for screening at Dublin International Film Festival 2018.

The aim of this event is to introduce professionals from a variety of disciplines across live action, animation and games to ideas around content creation for VR/AR and 360 Filmmaking.  It will bring together creatives and tech professionals from across all these sectors, and encourage peer-to-peer learning and discovery.

Internationally renowned VR Director Michel Reilhac, Submarine Channel, Netherlands will give a keynote address on film and immersive storytelling. Michel is a pioneer in Virtual Reality film making and interactive storytelling, and co-programmer for Venice VR, the VR Competition section and VR programme for the International Venice Biennale Film Festival.  In addition, Stefan Grambart, Emmy® award-winning VR Pioneer (SLEEPY HOLLOW VR experience) and creator and conceptual lead of Halcyon will discuss narrative and storytelling structures in immersive content.

Other confirmed speakers for the conference include, Nikki Lannen, CEO WarDucks, Fiona Kilkelly, Immerse UK; James Corbett, CEO, Simvirtua; Paul Bouchard, Wide Film Sales, France; Jeremy Dalton, VR/AR Lead, PWC; Tanya Laird, Digital Jam/VR Writers Room; Camille Donegan, VR Consultant; Neil Leyden, Head of RTE Digital; Dan Ring, Research Engineer, The Foundry; and Steve McCormack, Producer, Straywave Media.

Speaking about the conference Sorcha Loughnane, Training Executive, Screen Training Ireland said: “We are delighted to host this Immersive Content Creation day in association with Audi Ireland and the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.  New technologies and content platforms are transforming storytelling, and audiovisual creatives, from writers to production designers, are central to the development of these new narrative forms.”

Audi Dublin International Film Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys said: “In partnership with Audi, our title sponsors, and Screen Training Ireland, I am delighted to announce this dynamic new addition to the Festival’s activities. The Immersion Content Creation Conference will act as an opportunity for our filmmaking community to engage with and explore emerging technology and immersive content, while the conference is also a prelude to the New Storytelling strand of ADIFF 18 which will be curated by Eoghan Cunneen from Lucas Film and feature excellent line-up of keynote speakers and an interactive VR arcade.”

Richard Molloy, Head of Marketing and Product for Audi Ireland said: “Audi Ireland is excited to enhance our  involvement in the Audi Dublin International Film Festival by being a part of this unique event. Cutting edge technology has always been at the forefront of Audi’s brand philosophy ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ and to be a part of this Immersive Content Creation experience is a very exciting prospect as technology is changing how we approach story telling in a digital era.”

For a full breakdown of the event please click here.


Immersive Content Creation Schedule

SCHEDULE: Saturday 23rd September – RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2.

08.30am Registration/Coffee and Networking

09.30am Intros

09.45am KEYNOTE: VR: Where We Are Now/Presence Design

Michel Reilhac, Submarine Channel, Netherlands

10.45am Break

11.00am Presentations: Lessons from Working in VR/AR/360

Nikki Lannen, War Ducks Games
Paula Kehoe, Director
James Corbett, Simvirtua
Facilitator: Dan Ring, The Foundry

12.00pm Panel Session: The Market for Immersive Content

Paul Bouchard, Wide Film Sales, France
Neil Leyden, RTE Digital
Fiona Kilkelly, Immerse UK
Jeremy Dalton, PWC
Chair: Steve McCormack, Straywave Media

13.00pm Lunch Break

14.00pm VR Storytelling: Page to Screen

Stefan Grambart, Emmy-winning VR Pioneer

15.00pm Break

15.15pm Panel Session: Creative Collaborations

Sarah Lynch, Composer
Greg Shaw, Production Designer
Tanya Laird, Digital Jam/VR Writers Room

Jack Morrow, Retinize – VR Camera/Post
Chair: Camille Donegan


16.15pm Hackathon Team Introductions

16.30pm Hackathon Briefing/Networking/Demonstrations


Strategy for the Development of Skills for the Audiovisual Industry in Ireland Report 2017