Annette Maye & Gar O’Brien Galway Film Fleadh with students from Colaiste Iognaid
The Junior Galway Film Fleadh have announced an exciting, engaging and entertaining programme of cinematic events for the young people of Galway and beyond.
Featuring a mix of feature films, short film programmes, and events, the Junior Film Fleadh showcases the best in World Cinema to young audiences as well as providing a platform for some of the country’s best young filmmakers to exhibit their work alongside carefully curated workshops designed to help them develop their craft.
Each year the JGFF selects several titles that, in addition to being strong examples of world cinema, complement school’s language curricula. The French title this year is Ma revolution (ages 15+), a vibrant and colorful coming of age comedy set in contemporary Paris while our German title About A Girl (ages 15+) looks at teen suicide in a thought provoking way. The Olive Tree (age 15+) meanwhile deals with the topic of family roots in contemporary Spain.
The Gearrscannáin programme (ages 13 – 15) features a range of shorts aimed specifically at students studying Irish for Junior Cert 2017. Study notes will be provided after each screening.
The festival also presents a series of Outreach titles taking cinema into the classroom. These include the German Language Outreach title – The Pasta Detectives (ages 12 – 14) and the Irish Language Outreach title – Eipic (ages 16+), a contemporary drama about a group of young people forming a band with a backdrop to the centenary of the 1916 rising.
In addition to curriculum titles the JGFF presents special screenings of the award-winning documentary Life, Animated and the year’s best family film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Ireland’s youngest filmmakers get to showcase their work as part of the Future Filmmakers shorts programmes while filmmaking Workshops will help young people explore various elements of filmmaking including Special FX, Screenwriting, Storyboarding (with the Oscar-nominated Brown Bag Films), Making film on Mobile Phones and an Introduction to VR Film (in association with Galway 2020). And there’s the the Script Competition for those students who ‘have a story to tell’.
The Junior Film Fleadh runs from the 9th to the 12th July. See www.galwayfilmfleadh.com