Wednesday, February 25, 2009

2009 Film Project Underway!

The third year of First Cut! is underway!

Formerly known as the East Cork Youth Film Project, First Cut! began in 2006. An intiative of South East Cork Area Development (SECAD) and Cork County Council Arts Office, this project is run and facilitated by Cork Film Centre (CFC).

The first two years of the project included a wide range of digital filmmaking workshops carried out with youth groups and schools throughout East Cork. Films made under this scheme were premiered at County Hall as part of the gala screenings that concluded each year's filming. 2008 saw the project expand to include a week-long summer course geared towards further honing participants' filmmaking skills.

2009's project is bigger and better than ever before! The one-day workshops of previous years have now expanded to two-day workshops. And, as well as returning to the East Cork areas that have previously been included, CFC's busy teams of tutors will also be working with groups from South Cork this year. South and East Cork Area Development Ltd. (SECAD) (previously East Cork Area Development) has been expanded .The geographic area covered by SECAD covers the Midleton and Carrigaline Electoral areas and part of Blarney Electoral area. The East Cork area includes Cobh, Midleton, Youghal, Carrigtwohill, Glanmire and surrounding villages and rural areas, while South Cork includes Carrigaline, Passage West, Monkstown, Ringaskiddy, Crosshaven and Bays, Ballincollig, Ballygarvan, Ballinhassig and surrounding areas as well as rural parts of Douglas, Togher and Bishopstown.

So far, we have been to Youghal Community School, Carrigaline Youth Services and a group hosted by TACT, Togher. The first series of two-day workshops will be running until May. Another summer course will follow, and 2009's gala screening will take place this autumn.

Have you participated in one of our workshops this year? Or are you a youth group leader or teacher who has hosted a workshop? If so, we'd love to hear from you - this blogsite is a forum for your feedback, reactions and ideas. Just drop us a line at