The Film Ireland Team has curated a very special training programme to support the voices of the next generation reporting on the world of digital media. 

Supported by Coimisiún na Meán, Film Ireland’s mentorship programme is designed to empower writers from a wide variety of backgrounds. Over the course of this training, participants will refine their film writing analysis skills, enhance their industry knowledge, and build a professional network in the process. Led by the core Film Ireland team and featuring industry experts, this scheme offers a blend of practical training, personalised mentorship, and real-world publishing opportunities.

  • Duration: 3rd September – 10th December 2024
  • Format: Tuesday evenings on Zoom, 1.5 hours per session, with up to 4 additional hours of weekly work, which will be presented at the following session.

Note: The majority of this course will be taught online, however you must be able to attend key dates in person as well as, talks and screenings in Dublin. Attendance on 10th December is mandatory.

This Course Includes:

  • Tailored Mentorship: Each participant will receive personalised mentorship sessions and feedback on their writing.

  • A Published Portfolio of Professional Work: Participants will produce two film reviews and either a podcast interview or feature article. These will all be published on our platform and you will receive €50 each for your two reviews and €100 for your longer form piece as payment for your work.

  • Practical Training: this course covers topics such as film analysis, technical editing, podcasting, organisational dynamics, and industry structure – and much more.

  • On the Ground Experience: As part of this course, you will be invited to attend industry talks, events, press screenings, and previews, providing invaluable insights into the film industry.

  • Comprehensive Support: this progamme places an emphasis on wellness, resilience, and confidence-building to equip participants for success in the industry.

This is open to writers and film enthusiasts from any educational backgrounds, including colleges, PLCs, or the wider film community. Upon completion, participants will have a published portfolio, enhanced industry knowledge, and a supportive network, paving the way for future opportunities in the film industry.

Don’t miss this opportunity to kickstart your career in film writing. Apply now to secure your spot! But note – places are extremely limited.

The Deadline to Apply is 5pm 20th July 2024. 

This course is free of charge. To apply for this course please email the following to with “Film Journalism Mentorship Programme” in the subject line. 

  • 1. A written statement (300 – 500 words) explaining why this programme is right for you. Include your passion for film, your career aspirations, and how you believe this mentorship will benefit you. If you’re from a background that means your voice is currently underrepresented in journalism, we want to hear about it.

  • 2. A sample of relevant writing (1000 words) showcasing your writing skills; this could include a feature article, blog, an analysis essay, or film reviews.

  • 3. Your CV and/or Bio.

Gemma Creagh is a writer, filmmaker and journalist. In 2014 she graduated with a First from NUIG’s MA Writing programme. Gemma’s play Spoiling Sunset was staged in Galway as part of the Jerome Hynes One Act Play series in 2014. Gemma was one of eight playwrights selected for AboutFACE’s 2021 Transatlantic Tales and is presently developing a play with the Axis Theatre and with the support of the Arts Council. She has been commissioned to submit a play by Voyeur Theatre to potentially be performed in Summer 2023 as part of the local arts festival. Gemma was the writer and co-producer of the five-part comedy Rental Boys for RTÉ’s Storyland. She has gone on to write, direct and produce shorts which screened at festivals around the world. She was commissioned to direct the short film, After You, by Filmbase and TBCT. Gemma has penned articles for magazines, industry websites and national newspapers, she’s the assistant editor for Film Ireland and she contributes reviews to RTE Radio One’s Arena on occasion.

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