Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Midsummer Festival Opportunity

First Cut! Film Project has been approached by the Education and Participation Strand of Cork Midsummer Festival (June 12 - 27). Links have been developed through Kath Gorman, Associate Producer, Cork Midsummer Festival.

There are a number of opportunities:

They contacted us looking for a Video Assistant. This is a voluntary position which would give the opportunity to one young person, age 16-25, to participate actively with professional filmmakers in one of the Festival's major productions, FML. This is commissioned by Belgian director Pol Heyvaert of Campo, Out of Order, a 2009 Festival workshop performance which was powerful, darkly humorous and innovative. It's back for a full production in the 2010 Festival, reinvented as FML (F**k My Life)

Other opportunities:

First Cut! young filmmakers will make up a critical audience of 30 young people who on Friday 9th April will view FML. The audience will view the unfinished production and in a facilitated session will give feedback to the young people in FML. They will also be invited to a preview on June 24th. There is potential for those who are interested to become part of the Festivals new and innovative Young Curators Event, providing training to young people who are interested in being involved in creating festivals, shows, productions and arts projects in the area.
I think this is a great learning opportunity and v good for the cv, also it should be good fun.The show is by and for young people, about 20 are involved in writing, acting and film is used in the production.The shooting will take place on some days during Easter, probably 27/28th March and from May 3 to June 19.

N.B. Please let me know asap if you are keen and available. I will contact Kath immediately as decisions are being made next week.

Look forward to hearing from you,
Co ordinator
First Cut! Youth Film Project


Tuesday, March 2, 2010


A meeting of young people and policy makers 27 -29 March 2010 Are you between the ages of 15 and 23? The Arts Council is interested in hearing your views about young people’s participation in cultural life and the arts. Art-Youth-Culture: FYI will be held over three days in Dublin. It will involve a series of arts-based workshops and discussions, concluding with a meeting between young people, arts policy makers, and government representatives. What can you expect from participating in this event? Art-Youth-Culture: FYI is an opportunity to share and brainstorm ideas with other young people who have an interest in the arts. You will have a chance to explore young people’s participation in cultural life and the arts, through arts-based workshops and discussions. You are invited to share your ideas, opinions and suggestions with key policy-makers who make decisions in this area. We hope this event will generate some fresh insights for all those taking part. The Arts Council will take account of the issues raised in developing its new strategy regarding arts provision for children and young people. Similarly, we hope that young delegates will gain information, contacts and ideas that will assist them in accessing, or initiating, arts and cultural activities for young people in their local communities. Accommodation and transport costs for delegates coming from outside of Dublin will be covered by the event. How can I get involved? The Arts Council is seeking 60 young delegates (aged 15-23) to participate in Art-Youth-Culture: FYI. If you wish to participate, please complete a Statement of Interest form, available to download from the Arts Council website: http://www.artscouncil.ie/en/areas-of-work/actions/FYI.aspx Please note that Statement of Interest forms are available for groups and individuals. Information on which form you should complete is available on the website. Completed forms must be returned to the Arts Council no later than 12 March 2010. You can read more about the event on the Arts Council website: http://www.artscouncil.ie/en/areas-of-work/actions/FYI.aspx. If you are a policy-maker with a remit in the area of young people, cultural life and/or the arts, and are interested in participating in this event, please contact Mathilde Veldt at mathilde.veldt@artscouncil.ie.