Training: 7-Week Documentary Filmmaking Course


The hugely popular 7-Week Documentary Filmmaking course at Filmbase in Dublin’s Temple Bar covers all aspects of non-fiction filmmaking. From writing and researching, producing, camera lighting and sound, all the way through to the production of two short documentaries chosen from proposals by the students. The course is an ideal launch pad for those wishing to seek practical hands-on insights into producing documentaries. It is aimed at those with little to no experience or those who have some prior experience and are wishing to up-skill.

The students will be guided by the course tutor Colm Quinn, who has worked in both documentary and drama, films such as Break Away (2004) No Regrets in the West (2007), The Discreet Charms of the Refugee (2008), The Knife (2009), and Needle Exchange (2010) have been recognised with awards and nominations from some of Ireland and the UK’s main industry events, including the Irish Film Television Awards (IFTA), the Royal Television Society, Edinburgh Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, Galway Film Fleadh and the Sheffield DocFest.

It is also an ideal opportunity to work with today’s industry professionals, including award-winning filmmakers Vanessa Gildea and Claire Dix, as well as Emmy-nominated Sound Recordist Noel Quinn and Cinematographer Basil al-Rawi.

The course culminates in the shooting of two films.

Previous films have gone on to screen at festivals in Ireland and abroad, win awards and receive broadcast appearances.

Lead tutor, Colm Quinn, explains how, “participants will not only have an opportunity to explore the documentary form in its many guises, but also to look at the nuts and bolts of how to make a short documentary. With an ever growing audience for the short form at film festivals and well beyond, it’s an ideal time to get to grips with the craft of documentary making, and to go in search of the stories that need telling.”

Colm points out that the course aims “to define the roles and responsibilities of a small documentary crew. We will outline the main aspects of documentary research and script development before examining how a director might adopt a suitable approach toward particular material, all the while looking at the duties of a producer toward a given project.”

The course cost has been reduced to €900 and includes free Filmbase Membership and a free €50 voucher to be redeemed on future courses at Filmbase.

For more info, please email Training Manager Tristan Hutchinson at, or to book a place, please call Filmbase on 01 679 6716 and dial 0.


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