Vacancy: Screen Leaders – Programme Manager

Screen Skills Ireland are recruiting for the part-time, contract position of Programme Manager for Screen Leaders.

About Screen Skills Ireland

Screen Skills Ireland (SSI) is the leading agency with responsibility for investing in people and skills development for the screen sectors in Ireland. Screen Skills Ireland (part of Screen Ireland) designs, develops and delivers industry-focused skills development initiatives for the screen sector in Ireland, encompassing film, TV, animation, games and VFX, for all roles from new entrants to company leaders.

About Screen Leaders

Screen Leaders is the leading strategic company development programme for the screen industries. It is funded by the Creative Europe Programme and Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and is delivered by Screen Skills Ireland.

This intensive programme provides individuals and companies with a wide range of skills to grow and develop their businesses. The Programme spans strategic planning and implementation and places a significant emphasis on personal development and business planning implementation.

The programme is delivered over 6 months and consists of 8 – 9 participating companies from Ireland and Europe.  The main module is delivered in June 2019, followed by extensive one-to-ones in Ireland and Europe.  The final module will take place in a partner European country in early November 2019.

Programme Manager – Role Description

We wish to engage a Programme Manager who will focus primarily on Screen Leaders.  This will be a part-time contract position and is envisaged as 3 days per week for the 2019 programme.

The role will see the Screen Leaders Programme Manager working across the strategic development of the programme and the brand.  The role will report directly to the Skills Development Manager in SSI and the Deputy CEO of Screen Ireland – who act as Co-Directors of the Programme.

The role will consist of:

  • Engaging with the alumni of Screen Leaders past and present.
  • Redesign of Screen Leaders website and establishing new channels of communications with the Irish and International alumni.
  • Promotion of the programme with the Creative Europe Desks in Europe and directly with the individual film funds in Europe and other third party countries.
  • Meeting with and communication with participants prior to the programme commencement and during the programme delivery.
  • Design of evaluation of programme and reporting to Creative Europe.
  • Procurement of tutors and key speakers.
  • Initiatives which will extend the brand of Screen Leaders such as international partnerships and international masterclasses.
  • The Programme Manager will be involved in the final selection of participants, communication with participants, curriculum development and the logistics and delivery of the modules – both in Ireland and in Europe.

Essential Experience and Qualities

  • Experience of working in the film and/or television industry, preferably across the business area.
  • Experience of working in training and/or education provision, preferably across business skills development
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent administrative skills.
  • A forward thinker and ideas generator
  • A track record of project delivery.

Application Process

Interested applicants are invited to forward a detailed CV that highlights relevant experience and a covering letter in strict confidence to   by Wednesday 9th January 2018.

This position is a 1 year part-time contract, remunerated at €250 per day and is not exclusive to SSI but will require the successful candidate to abide by the Screen Ireland Code of Conduct and Conflicts of Interest rules.  The successful candidate must be available to start immediately and the role will involve some international travel.

The post will be based in Dublin.

FÍs Éireann / Screen Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

FÍs Éireann / Screen Ireland is under the aegis of the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht.

Animation Ireland announces call for entries to the Irish Animation Awards

Animation Ireland, the representative body for animation studios in Ireland, have from Friday 12th October announced that that entries are now open for the 2019 Irish Animation Awards.

The 2019 awards ceremony will take place in Dingle on 23rd March 2019 and is Animation Ireland’s biennial awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding, world-class creative talent within the Irish animation, VFX and gaming industries.

The ceremony will take place during the Animation Dingle festival, an internationally renowned annual event which has been hosted in the Kerry town for the past five years.

There will be a total of seventeen award categories, including Best Animation, Best Animation for Apps and Gaming and Best VFX in an Animated TV Series or Film.

Commenting on the call for entries, Animation Ireland Chairperson Moe Honan said; “Over the past twenty years, Ireland has gained a reputation as a world leader in the animation industry. The Irish Animation Awards is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the amazing creative and technical talent we have in Ireland and all the hard work and dedication of the studios and producers across the country.’’ Moe went on to say; “the entry process is now open in all categories and we welcome submissions from all. With so many amazing productions over the past eighteen months it will be an extremely tough year for the judges, which is just what we want.”

Entries will be open from October 12th – December 10th 2018. Winners of each category will receive a statuette designed by animator, film maker and teacher Eimhin McNamara. The statuette resembles a Phenakistoscope which was an early animation device used to create an illusion of motion.

Visit the Irish Animation Awards website for further information about the awards and how to enter.

Screen Skills Ireland Rebrand Launched at the Inaugural Screen Industry Education Forum and New ‘Careers in Screen’ Portal Unveiled

Screen Skills Ireland, formally Screen Training Ireland, today announced its new name at the inaugural Screen Industry Education Forum. The agency is also providing a new service which proactively maps career paths within the industry, with the launch of a brand new ‘Careers in Screen’ portal.

Screen Skills Ireland is hosting the inaugural Screen Industry Education Forum, which aims to bring together screen industry stakeholders, education/training providers and policy influencers to focus on the skills development challenges and opportunities of the screen sectors in Ireland, including Film, TV, Animation, VFX, Games and AR/VR.

Discussion panels covering international best practice; the skills needs of the Irish screen industry; and the Irish education landscape, will explore ways in which education and industry can collaborate more effectively in future to address the skills needs of the sector. Chaired by Andrew Barnes, Associate Director at Olsberg SPI, the sessions will culminate in round table discussions for the participants, focusing on 4 key questions:

  1. What are the key skills gaps in the Irish screen sectors currently?
  2. How can industry stakeholders and education/training providers engage in a better way in the future to address current and future skills gaps?
  3. What collaborative industry/education models work best for both industry and education?
  4. How should industry/education collaborations be funded?

Speaking about the event, Gareth Lee, Manager at Screen Skills Ireland, said, “The establishment of an annual Screen Industry Education Forum was a key recommendation of the Crowe Horwath report on a Strategy for the Development of Skills for the Audiovisual Industry in Ireland 2017. Screen Skills Ireland are delighted to play a leadership role in convening the first forum and acting as a nexus between industry stakeholders and education/training providers. We hope today will see the start of positive conversations, leading to fruitful collaborations that start to address some of the skills needs of the screen industries in Ireland that will support the sector to continue to grow and thrive over the coming years”.

Screen Skills Ireland will also launch a new careers portal,, a comprehensive online resource for new entrants and industry professionals, that will provide an overview of the screen industries and a breakdown of departments and the key skills required for all roles across Film, TV (drama and non-fiction), VFX and Animation.

Commenting on the Careers in Screen portal, Gareth Lee, Manager at Screen Skills Ireland, said, “As part of Screen Skills Ireland’s commitment to mapping out career paths in the screen industries, this is a continuous, ongoing project that will allow new entrants and industry professionals in Ireland to see at a glance the large range of roles available in the screen industries, as well as map out career paths and progression opportunities. It is the first of its kind in Ireland and we envisage that it will be an excellent resource for the sector. It will be managed and updated by Screen Skills Ireland, aiming to provide a snapshot of the industry as it currently stands, providing new entrants and professionals with guidance on where and how to best address their career objectives”.

The name-change to Screen Skills Ireland better reflects the remit and range of activity of Screen Skills Ireland while aligning the organisation more closely with education policy in Ireland, and with its sister agency, Screen Ireland.

The Careers in Screen portal can be accessed by visiting

Screen Training Ireland and VIKINGS drama series partner to develop director talent in Ireland

Screen Training Ireland and the global hit TV series VIKINGS are collaborating to develop talent among Irish directors.

Four candidates have been chosen to ‘shadow direct’ for a day each on VIKINGS. They are Terry McMahon (Patrick’s Day, Charlie Casanova), Geraldine Creed (Want, Chaos), Brendan Muldowney (Pilgrimage, Love Eternal) and Bonnie Dempsey (The Girl at the End of the Garden, All in Good Time).

“Screen Training Ireland are delighted to be working with the incredibly successful Vikings series to broaden and develop the skills of these talented directors,” said Neil Murphy, Business, Bursaries & Festivals/Events Coordinator at Screen Training Ireland.​

According to VIKINGS “We are delighted to collaborate with Screen Training Ireland on the upcoming workshops and this shadow director scheme.”

Learning Needs Analysis Survey 2018

The development of people and skills in the screen sector is crucial for our industry’s growth, and Screen Training Ireland is committed to continually evaluating the sector in terms of learning needs. Our priorities are to identify future skills gaps and support ongoing professional development for a growing industry.

We’d like to invite you to have your say on what those skills and training needs are, so that we can continue to offer courses that benefit your career and our industry.

The survey is 9-12 questions long, and should only take 5-10 minutes maximum of your time. The survey will close on Friday the 23rd of November. We’d really appreciate your input!

Take the survey

Cleraun Media Conference Documentary Masterclasses – Supported by Screen Training Ireland

Scheduled to take place every two years, the Cleraun Media Conferences began in 1986 and have gradually grown in stature. They now constitute an important forum where media practitioners can address and discuss ethical and professional issues which arise in the course of their work in a positive and constructive way. This year’s conference takes place Friday 16th (starting 6pm) – Sunday 18th November 2018.

With support from Screen Training Ireland, Cleraun Media Conference 2018 will host 4 separate documentary masterclasses, featuring case studies from documentaries including:

Sinéad O’Shea: “A Mother Brings her Son to be Shot”
Chair: Stephen Desmond, Southampton Solent University

Carlo Bonini: “Daphne” – Who was Daphne Caruana Galizia and why was she murdered?
Chair: Dawn Wheatley, DCU Journalism

John Sweeney: “Taking on Putin”
‍Chair: Declan Lawn

Amy Molloy: “Troubled Water”
‍Chair: Díóg O’Connell, Film & Media Studies, IADT

Cleraun Media are offering 10 x free passes to the conference for Screen Training Ireland applicants.

Register for the conference via this link

The first 10 to sign up on the above link or using the code CMC2018STI will receive free registration for all masterclasses, as well as the range of interactive sessions offered in:

  • Document-led Human-Interest Investigative Reporting
  • Evolving fomats – Next Gen Storytelling, Podcasts
  • The Future Lies in Quality
  • The Challenge for Editors
  • Reporting the Victims
  • Dangerous work, if you can get it – Foreign Affairs
  • Columnist on the Edge
  • Growing Audience Share

Cork Film Festival Industry Days supported by Screen Training Ireland

The Cork Film Festival 2018, taking place on 9th – 18th November, has with support from Screen Training Ireland, launched their programme of Industry Days.

Industry Days provide invaluable opportunities for established and emerging filmmakers to connect, and to explore all aspects of the film industry.

The following Industry Days can be booked now:

First Take – Thursday 15th November
First Take is a training and development event aimed specifically at newly established film professionals, emerging filmmakers, and film and media students. Case studies and panel discussions will promote fresh thinking amongst attendees and to inspire them to be proactive in promoting their own film work.

Doc Day, In Partnership with Screen Ireland – Friday 16th November
Cork Film Festival’s annual documentary-focused Industry Day, Doc Day is a major event that engages and connects Irish and international documentary filmmakers and industry leaders, it provides a vital platform to promote Irish documentary film and filmmaking talent. Doc Day is presented in partnership with Screen Ireland/Fís Éireann, with support from Screen Training Ireland.

Focus: Filmmaker Forum – Saturday 17th November
This new event compliments the Screen Ireland-supported Focus Shorts World Premiere programme at The Everyman. It will provide attending filmmakers with the opportunity to take part in informal networking and a series of roundtable sessions, which will help guide participants through the process of developing their first feature; from development and financing, through production, festival strategy and distribution.

VIKINGS Production Workshops 2018

Screen Training Ireland, in collaboration with VIKINGS, are pleased to announce a series of workshops, delivered by industry experts and hosted in Ashford Studios, Co. Wicklow.

These workshops are suited for those seeking to gain an insight on the knowledge and skills that are needed to work in high-end TV Drama and an opportunity to meet various Heads of Department and senior crew that work to put this production together.

This is your opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s most experienced professionals and gain an insight into what it’s like to work on a production of the scale of Vikings.

The workshops will be in the following departments:

Camera Setting Up and Executing a Camera Department for a Major TV Drama Series: 17th of November
Tutors: Alan Butler, Dave Doherty
Deadline for applications 6th of November.

Assistant Director Department: The Importance of Being Prepped: 17th of November
Tutors: Nick Thomas, Richie Cosgrove
Deadline for applications 6th of November.

Art Department: Set Development for Studio and Location filming: 20th of November
Tutors: Irene O’Brien, Jon Beer
Deadline for applications 6th of November.

Hair Design: An Introduction to Film/TV Hair Styling for Trainees: 24th of November
Tutors: Dee Corcoran
Deadline for applications 13th of November.

Set Decoration & the Production Buying: 28th of November
Tutors: Jil Turner, Anna Kirwan
Deadline for applications 20th of November.

Costume Dept: The A to Z of Costume Design for high-end TV drama: 1st of December
Tutors: Susan O’Connor Cave
Deadline for applications 20th of November.

The Next Step

If you’re interested in attending a workshop please apply online through Screen Training Ireland.

Applicants will be required to submit an up to date CV highlighting relevant experience in their chosen area. Places are very limited. Screen Training Ireland will make selection on relevant experience in the industry.

Any further queries please contact

Irish Writers Announced for LA Writers Room Placements

Screen Training Ireland is delighted to announce that the writers for the LA Writers Room placements have been chosen.  The aim of the placements is to provide Irish writers with an opportunity to experience a US TV Writers Room.  

The selected writers are, award-winning writer and director for stage and screen, Carmel Winters (FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, SNAP); Pierce Ryan, screenwriter (BLACK ’47, STANDBY); Paul Walker, Showrunner/Writer (RED ROCK, Season 4), Story Producer (RIVER CITY, RED ROCK SEASON 1). Paul is currently writing for the International drama series SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE and EASTENDERS.

Taking place from October 25th to November 2nd the writers will participate in real ongoing writer’s rooms based in Los Angeles.

Writers Rooms include, JUPITERS LEGACY a Netflix Millarworld series with showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (SPARTACUS, DREDEVIL, PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING); NETFLIX/WBTV drama series WHAT IF with showrunner Mike Kelley (REVENGE, SWINGTOWN); and Warner Brothers THE BIG BANG THEORY with showrunner Steve Holland, Creator/Producer, Bill Prady and Writer/EP, Tara Hernandez.

As part of the placements, the writers will attend mentorship meetings throughout the week, which include Liz Alper, Writer, CHICAGO FIRE (NBC), HAWAII 5-0 (CBS), THE ROOKIE (ABC); Hart Hanson, Showrunner/Creator, BONES, BACKSTROM, THE FINDER and more.

Speaking about the placements, Des Doyle, Director and organiser said: “This unique opportunity allows Irish writers to experience first-hand how US Writers Rooms, run by some of the most successful Showrunners in the business, operate and to take a deep dive into the process of storytelling for US TV which they can then apply to their own projects”.

Gráinne Bennett, Skills Development Executive, Screen Training Ireland said: “I am delighted key Irish writing talent will gain an insight into the US Writers Room process while working alongside some of the US industries top writers. I look forward to hearing about their experience”.




Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet announce Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship and Trainees

Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet are delighted to announce the Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship, trainees and host studios for the 2018/19 programme.

Now in its fourth iteration, this highly successful programme takes place over a six-month period and is targeted at developing skills and talent in the Irish animation and VFX sectors.  The programme will involve a mix of on-the-job learning and mentoring in host studios as well as additional specialist training delivered through Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet.

The 8 participating studios and 15 trainees for the 2018/19 Graduate Traineeship Programme are:

  • Piranha Bar – Trainee: Jonah Burke
  • Salty Dog Pictures – Trainees: Ellen Collins and Mark Brennan
  • 3D4 Medical – Trainee: Bruno Cerkvenik
  • Turnip and Duck – Trainee: Liam Walsh
  • Jam Media – Trainees: Cristina Rodríguez and Peter Hargan
  • Cartoon Saloon – Trainees: Susan Crowe, Azahara Quesada Tellez, Julia Brandes and Fraser Thomson
  • TouchPress/StoryToys – Trainees: Iara Harris and Eoghan Sellier
  • Lighthouse Studios – Trainees: Gráinne White and Colm Dowling

The Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship programme will coincide with Schoolism Live Dublin taking place on Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st of October, where trainees will have an opportunity to hear from top talent in the feature animation and gaming sectors, including Stephan Martiniere, Megan Brain, Shannon Tindle, Sylvain Marc, Nathan Fowkes and The Black Frog; whose combined credits include GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS CORALINE and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.

Trainees will start their traineeship programme with a full week of intensive training from the 22nd October covering topics such as Storytelling, Storyboarding, Production Management, Production Pipelines, Emotional Intelligence, Personal Effectiveness, Career Management, Teamwork, Effective Communication and Creative Thinking Techniques delivered by industry focused tutors such as John Dawson, Patrick O’Callaghan, Stephen Fagan, Paul Timpson, Fiona Flynn, Carmel Morrissey and Pam Relton.

Gareth Lee, Manager of Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet, said: “The VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship has played a significant role in addressing skills gaps in Ireland over the last few years with over 90% of graduates from the programme going on to further work in the industry. We’re delighted to see a new batch of trainees join the fourth iteration of this highly successful programme in 2018/19. We’re also excited to be kicking the programme off with the Schoolism Live Dublin event this weekend which will give the trainees and other attendees the opportunity to learn from and network with high-level global talent.”

Schoolism Live Dublin is supported by Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet. For further information on the full line-up please click here

The Animation and VFX Graduate Traineeship is an initiative of Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet, and supported by Screen Ireland/Fís Éireann, Skillnet Ireland, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Image: THE BREADWINNER, Cartoon Saloon.