Looking to get into film? Want to start out or upskill? Here’s some upcoming training programmes/film courses/masterclasses to help you make that improve and make that move. 

If you are running a training course and would like to be listed, email filmireland@gmail.com


Film-making Summer Camp – 13th July 2020. Gaiety School of Acting. Online. This is a week long summer camp for teens to learn all about the film industry. Working with experienced tutors zoomed in from GSA’s studios, students will be given training in directing, acting for camera, screenwriting, casting and more. In this course the student will learn how a film develops – from concept stage to shooting. The course will include a number of practical exercises, with students receiving filmed footage on completion. Due to the collaborative nature of the course, this is also a great opportunity to make new friends.

Dialect Workshop with Gerry Grennell: General American. Bow Street. Online 25th /26th June 2020. For any actor who is serious about forging a career in the Film and TV industry, one of the most important skills required is the capacity to master an accent. Waiting for a reason to tackle it is like waiting for somebody else to take the job. 

The Craft of Documentary Storytelling with Brendan Culleton & Irina Maldea 18th June 2020. Irish Writers Centre. Online. Is there is something about which you feel very passionate and you think it could make a good documentary? The 6-week course is designed to provide the participants with the tools to create compelling stories and to reach and engage their audiences. It will cover the different styles and modes of documentary storytelling from the beginning until the present.

Actor as Creator – 17th June 2020. Screen Ireland/Bow Street. This talent development and showcasing initiative will showcase the unique creative voices of 30 actors. Each actor will be allocated a grant of €2,500 towards producing a short filmic work (minimum 3 minutes) that expresses their creative vision.

Screen Mentoring – 15th June 2020. Screen Skills Ireland. Over 100 Irish and international industry professionals from the film, TV, animation, VFX and Immersive Technology sectors have signed up to be mentors for the scheme to give something back to the industry by sharing their knowledge and experience. The scheme will support 50 mentees to avail of mentor support throughout 2020.

Toon Boom Animation – 15th June 2020. Screen Skills Online. Adam Oliver (formerly of Toon Boom Trainer) is returning with his popular online courses in Toon Boom Harmony.

Toon Boom Rigging – 15th June 2020. Screen Skills Online. Adam Oliver (formerly of Toon Boom Trainer) is returning with his popular online courses in Toon Boom Harmony.

Dialect Workshop with Gerry Grennell: Standard English. Bow Street. Online 11th /12th June 2020. For any actor who is serious about forging a career in the Film and TV industry, one of the most important skills required is the capacity to master an accent. Waiting for a reason to tackle it is like waiting for somebody else to take the job. 

TV Production Research Skills – 2nd June 2020. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. Do you want to be the best you can at production research?  Able to hit any programme running with a set of essential TV and production research skills?This course aims to give you a solid grounding in the core skills of the TV production researcher

Filming the Irish Short Story9th June 2020. Online. A weekly two hour evening class online to discuss the relationship between film and the short story form. Over six weekly sessions, study a selection of Irish short stories, view examples of their film adaptations and discuss them.

Building a Submission-Ready Storyboard Portfolio – 5th June 2020. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. This 5 week course, designed by Kayvon Darabi Fard, will help those interested in building a Storyboard/ Story Driven Portfolio to use as the basis for applying to Animation Studios/ Storyboard Roles.

Screen Talks Webinar with Stephen Bradley and Kari Skogland – 2nd June 2020. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. In advance of the deadline for the Screen Ireland initiative The Voice (seed development funding for directors), they will discuss the way Kari has successfully mixed directing on high-end dramas (Mad Men, Handmaid’s Tale, Vikings, The Borgias to name but a few) with developing her own feature films and TV drama.

Working Remotely as an Editor – 2nd June 2020. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. In this course participants will learn of the options available to Film and TV editors who need to work in a standalone environment. From external drives to cloud computing, we will explore solutions for every project and budget.

Writers Shadowing Placement – 2nd June 2020. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. This two week paid writers room placement will take place online.

Smartphone Video Production for Beginners – 29th May 2020. Screen SkillNet. Online. Create stunning video content using your mobile phone with this fun and practical course designed for creatives.

Creative Thinking Techniques – 29th May 2020. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. The aim of this workshop is to give you a creativity toolkit to help you think laterally, generate and develop your ideas .

Leading Strategic Innovation – 29th May 2020. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. This course has been specifically designed by Laurence Knell to support companies in the Animation, Games & VFX Sector emerge from the current Covid-19 crisis stronger and more focused.

Inclusive Casting for TV Non-Fiction  – 28th May. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. Mel Walden has 20 years’ TV production experience working across most genres and with specialist experience in factual entertainment. Mel will deliver an interactive virtual class focused on inclusive casting for TV non-fiction.

Film In Limerick’s Online Wednesday Workshop: Guy Davidi  – 27th May 2020. Online. A live event with documentary director Guy Davidi sharing his journey and insights into developing and filming documentary stories and on how to build a career as a documentary filmmaker.

Social Media Strategy for Production Companies – 27th May 2020. Online. Screen Skillnet. Join Caroline Scott as she delves into the social media landscape in 2020 – you’ll learn how audiences are interacting with content on different social media platforms, how to produce more content in less time, methods for getting creative and attracting attention on social and the best ways of developing internal workflows that support your goals moving forward. Following Caroline’s presentation Ruth Hurl, Marketing and Promotions Executive at Element Distribution, will give an insight into the social media strategy at Element, and its productions.

Creative Leadership – 27th May 2020. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. The workshop is aimed at creative leaders wishing to either deliver a creative project or deliver change in an organisation. Over the six online modules, based on a tried and tested BBC methodology, participants will hone and refine their creative leadership skills to build better teams, influence and persuade creative change and drive more innovative ideas .

Casting TV Non-Fiction for Senior Teams – 26th May. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. Mel Walden has 20 years’ TV production experience working across most genres and with specialist experience in factual entertainment. She has worked up to Series Producer level before specialising in casting. Mel will deliver an interactive virtual class to senior casting teams which will look at the tools required to formulate a successful strategy and find ways to engage effectively with harder-to-access communities.

The International Film Business – 26th May. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. With the challenges we are facing with the future of the film industry this course will offer film professionals a current, informed and accessible view of the possibilities available today and into the future months as we come out of Lockdown .

Script Breakdowns for the Art Department – 26th May. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. This one day online workshop will give an overview of how to identify the most common production elements in a script which includes set dressing, props, picture vehicles, graphics, special effects, and VFX elements.

Writing a Successful TV Series -25/26th May 2020. Galway. This 2-day Workshop – an extension of the 3-day Advanced Development Workshop – will explore the crucial distinction between conventional TV Series formats and the actual story structure lying underneath.

Writing the TV Series Bible with Peter McKenna – 25th May 2020. Online Screen SkillNet. Participants will gain insight into writing the TV series bible from writer and showrunner Peter McKenna. 

SSI Directors Series with David Keating – 22nd May 2020. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. Exploring different aspects of directing, including leadership, pitching, shooting, working with actors, and post-production.

Screen Talks with Nathan Fowkes – 21st May 2020. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. Nathan Fowkes is a concept artist for animation and entertainment projects, working with clients including Disney, DreamWorks and Blue Sky. He is also a teacher of drawing, painting, colour and design.

Live Q+A /MA Creative Production + Screen Finance – 21st May 2020

Live Q+A/ IADT MA Broadcast Production – 21st May 2020

LIVE Q+A / IADT MA in Screenwriting for Film + Television – 20th May 2020

Business Continuity – 20th May. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. On completion of this course participants will have an increased understanding of how to prepare for employees’ return to work during the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants will learn what practical steps need to be taken from the
legislative and employee retention perspective. The course will also outline the various restructure options available
to employers at this point in time.

Rhino for the Art Department Intermediate Level – 16th May 2020. Screen Skills Ireland. Online. The course will cover topics such as 2D Draughting in Rhino, Modelling in 3D, Importing and Exporting Files and Setting up a Drawing.

Introduction to Rhino for the Art Department – 16th May 2020. Screen Skills. Online. This workshop will offer an overview of Rhino 3D software’s application in the Art Department and offer tips and tools for its effective use. 

Well-being for the Remote Worker  – 13th May 2020. Screen Skills. Online. This 1.5 hour online programme is designed to assist those who are now working from home, a new challenge many are faced with in recent weeks.

Screen Talks Webinar with Linda Green – 12th May 2020. Screen Skills. Online. TED Speaker and industry expert, Linda Green, set up the BBC’s creative leadership programme which worked on the BBC’s top shows including Blue Planet, Top Gear and Strictly.

Storytelling for Creative Producers and Development Executives with John Yorke – 11th May 2020. Screen Skills. Understanding the nature and make up of storytelling is essential to developing TV programming. John Yorke has been behind some of the biggest hits in television and has distilled that knowledge into a detailed step by step course.In thirty sessions over four weeks you’ll explore all the key components of storytelling and how they apply to every format of scripted drama.

Movie Magic Budgeting – 11th May 2020. Screen Skills. Online. Participants will be taught the time-saving facilities of EP Movie Magic Budgeting, the industry’s most widely used scheduling and budgeting software.

Best Practice For Film & TV Production Managers and Line Producers – 11th May 2020. Screen Skills. Online. This course is aimed at Production Managers and Line Producers currently working in the Film & TV Drama Sector on both large and small budget productions.

Introduction to Movie Magic Scheduling – 5th May 2020. Screen Skills. Online. This course will enable participants to compile their schedules in the most effective way and allow them to quickly and confidently modify their work when required. The training sessions will utilise and provide considerable background information to put the practical use of the software clearly into perspective.

Cracking TV Development – 28th April 2020. Screen Skills. Online. This interactive virtual class looks at the development process from idea to pitch.

Fundamental Skills for Props Trainees – 27th April 2020. Screen Skills. Online. The purpose of this course is to give learners the basic information needed to successfully continue their employment in the Props Department. This course should be used in conjunction with on the job training and mentoring. The course will be delivered over 3 x four-hour sessions, from 09.30 to 13.30 with a short break.

Introducing Screen Acting – 27th April. Bow Street. Online. This 8-week evening course is the perfect introduction to all aspects of Screen Acting from technical aspects to performance. In a friendly and inspiring environment we will demystify all parts of the craft including casting, rehearsing, shooting and performance analysis. You will learn the key difference between performing for stage versus performing for camera.

Online workshop with Documentary Director Camilla Nielsson – 22nd April 2020 Innovate Limerick through Film in Limerick present a Masterclass with renowned Danish documentary director, Camilla Nielsson, open to anyone in the Mid-West with an interest in filmmaking.

Writing a Webseries – Starts 27th April 2020. Screen Skills. Online. This course will take you through the development and writing of a web series over four weeks.

Screen Skills Screen Talks with Story Artist Kayvon Darabi-Fard – 23rd April 2020. Online. Register for free.

Introduction to Screen Acting – Starts 21st April 2020. Lir Academy. This practical ten week course introduces students to the processes involved in successful screen acting and developing confidence in front of the camera.

Screen Skills Screen Talks Webinar Series with Emmy-nominated composer, Craig Stuart Garfinkle. 21st April 2020 Online. Register for free.

Creature Creation for CG Production – Starts 20th April 2020. Screen Skills Online. Darko Mitev gives this free online course that will help participants to create their own 3D creature from scratch.

Toon Boom Rigging  – Starts 20th April 2020. Screen Skills Online. Due to the success of the last instalment of these courses, Toon Boom Trainer (Adam Oliver) is returning with his popular online courses in Toon Boom Harmony. This course is being offered free of charge from Screen Skills Ireland & Animation Skillnet.

Animating Walks and Runs in Maya – Starts 20th April 2020. Online. Screen Skills Ireland and Animation Skillnet bring you this new online course to give participants the tools and techniques for animating walks for 2 and 4 legged characters in Maya for TV, Film and Games. This course is being offered free of charge.

Screen Skills’ Screen Talks Webinar Series with Writers Guild Director Hugh Farley. 17th April 2020 Online. Register for free.

Screen Skills’ Screen Talks Webinar Series with festival director Grainne Humphreys. 15th April 2020 Online. Register for free.

Wednesday Workshops – Starts 15th April 2020. Online. Innovate Limerick’s 10-week programme of free online film workshops delivered by industry experts. Each week a different guest tutor will deliver an online class in their specialism and everything from sound design and editing to creative producing and documentary direction will be covered. Anyone can sign up for one, or all, of the workshops and brush up their film skills from home. Details will be posted on the Film in Limerick Facebook page at facebook.com/FilmInLimerick. The first event on April 15th will feature Lorcan Finnegan and John McDonnell, the director and producer of new Irish Sci-Fi thriller, Vivarium, starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg. Lorcan and John will talk about the process of developing and filming their feature.

Excel for the Screen Sector – Starts 14th April 2020. Screen Skills Online. This course is being offered free of charge to support the Irish creative screen industries impacted by the ongoing situation with COVID-19. This course is being held on 14th and 21st April to accommodate as many participants as possible.

Screen Skills’ Screen Talks Webinar Series – 9th April 2020. Online. The first Screen Talks webinar is scheduled to kick off with Ralph Eggleston, Oscar-winning art director and production designer at Pixar Animation Studios. The first webinar will be available to view from 5pm on 9th April at this link. Further Screen Talks will be announced over the coming weeks.

Working Remotely as an Editor – Starts 9th April 2020. Screen Skills Online. In this course participants will learn of the options available to Film and TV editors who need to work in a standalone environment. From external drives to cloud computing, we will explore solutions for every project and budget.

Successfully Managing Creative Teams Remotely – Starts 8th April 2020. Screen Skills Online. The aim of this 2-day training is to work on preparing managers to optimise the performance of their team in the remote working environment, developing key communication skills, relationship management techniques and practical tools and solutions for effectively operating in remote working arrangements. g with his popular online courses in Toon Boom Harmony. This course is being offered free of charge from Screen Skills Ireland.

Production Accountancy for Film & TV – Starts 6th April 2020. Screen Skills Online. This online programme is aimed at assistant accountants seeking to up-skill into the role of Production Accountant; and other production grades that are interested in moving into the accounts departments. The course will run over five half days

Writing a Webseries – Starts 6th April 2020. Screen Skills Online. This course will take you through the development and writing of a web series over four weeks.

Improve Your Drafting Skills – 6th April 2020. Screen Skills Online. The idea of the course is to allow people to practice and improve specific skills with the structure of a set project and feedback from an experienced film drafting practitioner/ tutor over a two-week period. g with his popular online courses in Toon Boom Harmony. This course is being offered free of charge from Screen Skills Ireland

Successfully Managing Creative Teams Remotely – Starts 6th April 2020. Screen Skills Online. The aim of this 2-day training is to work on preparing managers to optimise the performance of their team in the remote working environment, developing key communication skills, relationship management techniques and practical tools and solutions for effectively operating in remote working arrangements. g with his popular online courses in Toon Boom Harmony. This course is being offered free of charge from Screen Skills Ireland.

Virtual Classroom Essentials for the Screen Sector – Starts 30th March & 8th April. Screen Skills Online. This course is being offered free of charge to support the Irish creative screen industries impacted by the ongoing situation with COVID-19. The Programme endorsed and facilitated by the Institute of Training and Development is designed to help you quickly transition your existing training programmes to virtual delivery. Participants will gain an insight into best practice approaches for the design and delivery of interactive and engaging live classroom sessions, and gain first-hand experience of the virtual classroom environment.

FOCUS ON: Intellectual Property – 1st April 2020. Online Webinar. Catherine Potts (Scottish Enterprise) discusses the importance of Intellectual Property (IP) for film and TV production companies.

PITCH IT! – 23rd March 2020. A ScreenSkills workshop about The Art of Pitching

Film Studies 101. Now that the list of films for the Leaving Cert 2020 have been released, filmmaker and film scholar Natasha Waugh will be available for film studies tutorials, for students who wish to learn a bit more about how to think about film in an academic context. The tutorials will cover: Basic terminology; Scene Analysis; Film Style & Aesthetic; Genre studies. For information on booking tutorials, please feel free to contact Natasha at Natasha.waugh@ucdconnect.ie

Genre Writing with Ferdia Mac Anna  – 9th March 2020. An Droichead Arts Centre. Have you ever wanted to write a Thriller, Horror tale or Comedy? This 1 day course is aimed at emerging writers and will focus upon Thrillers, Comedy and Horror to explore character, storyline, structure and more. A lively and informative introduction to writing for genre.

Young Women in Film & TV Workshop – 7th March 2020. This two-day workshop will focus on visual storytelling and is designed to inspire young women to consider a career in the film and television industry

Writing for Animation with Kristina Yee – 3rd March 2020. Irish Writers Centre, Dublin.This is a practical 6-week course for writers looking to break into the animation industry. There will be a focus on writing for children’s television, while exploring the industry in the UK and Ireland.

Filmmaking  Basics  – starts 18th February 2020. Cork Film Centre. A hands-on course for entry-level filmmakers. Over six evening classes plus one day-long shooting session, participants will acquire the basic skills to devise and shoot films.

Write or Rewrite YOUR Short Film with Eilish Kent – starts 12th February 2020. Dublin, TBC. Want to write a short film that will get noticed? Over four weeks you will get continuous feedback on your script and learn the dos of short scripts that get made.

Writing Female Centered Films   – starts 10th February 2020. Dublin, TBC. In this eight-week course you will explore the fundamentals of writing feature film, with special emphasis on stories about and for women. How to give agency to female protagonists who frequently don’t fit the role of active hero. Explore the narrative risks worth taking and the rules to break.

Creating Screenplays for Short Films with Stephen Walsh –starts 3rd February 2020. Irish Writers Centre, Dublin. A 10-week introduction to visual narrative and the screenplay form which is also a workshop in which participants can develop their ideas into short scripts.

Managing Mentoring Workshop 1st February 2020. Dublin TBC. This workshop looks at mentoring, how to manage this as part of your overall role and how, if done effectively it can have a positive impact on individuals and the industry as a whole.

Full-Time Professional Actor Training Programme – starts 31st January 2020. Gaiety School of Acting. The intensive two-year actor training programme is designed to prepare participants for work as an actor in Ireland and internationally

Leading Successful Teams  Dublin TBC, 25th January 2020. This course is the second in a number of three workshops run for people working in the screen industry.  It is ideal for department heads, those managing people in the industry, and people who are about to step up to this role.

The Lir Audition Workshop Cork, 25th January 2020. At this acting audition workshop, one of the core acting teachers at The Lir Academy, will guide participants through preparing for auditions, through careful selection of monologues and developing characterisation.

Abel Ferrara Masterclass Trinity College Dublin, 23rd January 2020. This inspiring masterclass will focus on the director’s work, style & creation of films including working with non actors discussing films to date. It will feature open discussion, allowing for interactive questions & answers, and will be of particular interest to directors, writers, cinematographers, actors, and producers.

Assistant Editing for Non-Fiction in Association with Irish Screen Editors 24th January 2020. In this course participants will gain a full insight into the role and responsibilities of the assistant editor.

In The Writers Room III 20th January 2020. MICHAEL ZAM was co-creator, writer and co-producer on the FX miniseries, Feud: Bette & Joan, which was nominated for 18 Emmys, including two for Zam, which was based on his Black-Listed screenplay, Best Actress. Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon starred in the 2017 series

BAME/Afro Hairstyling Workshop 19th January 2020. This one-day workshop, run in partnership with the Hairstylist Guild of Ireland and Image Skillnet, is the first in a suite of courses aimed at upskilling hairstylists working with BAME hair (Black Asian Minority and Ethnic), focusing on Afro Hair.

The Lir Audition Workshop Dublin, 18th January 2020. At this acting audition workshop, one of the core acting teachers at The Lir Academy, will guide participants through preparing for auditions, through careful selection of monologues and developing characterisation.

Jeb Stuart Masterclass IFI, 19th January 2020. Join award-winning screenwriter Jeb Stuart (Die HardThe Fugitive) for a masterclass in writing action movies. Using clips from his blockbusting classics, he will explore the process of mapping twists, creating charismatic characters and crafting memorable lines.

Write that Script! – Screenwriting Workshop with Lindsay J. Sedgwick Dublin, 18th January 2020. This workshop will look at how to adapt an idea for the screen, from developing characters and writing powerful scenes, through to structuring stories, creating worlds and everything in between. The goal: that you will know what you need to have the confidence to write a compelling and visual screenplay. Cancelled.

Building Resilience and Time Management Skills 18th January 2020. This course is the first of three workshops run for people working in the screen industry. This course will focus on helping attendees manage their time and remain resilient in this fast-paced and ever-changing industry.

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