In partnership with the Digital Hub, the Festival is thrilled to bring Screen8 back for its second year running. Screen8 is a free out-of-school programme designed to give young people an opportunity to be creative and develop filmmaking skills and talents for a future career in film. This year will be led by Helen Flanagan, a talented filmmaker with experience in a plethora of projects. She is excited to educate and inspire our student participants as our new Filmmaker in Residence!

About Helen

Helen Flanagan is a writer and filmmaker with a parallel practice in performance, theatre and live events. Her film work is largely narrative drama and since graduating from NFS at IADT, with a BA in film and television production and an MA in screenwriting, she has had six short dramas funded and produced, as well as documentary and children’s television series. Her performance-based work is more absurd – playfully critiquing Irish identity using ritual, magic and games and often using historic buildings and unconventional venues as performance spaces. She is an experienced workshop facilitator regularly working with young people and is a Creative Associate with the Arts Council of Ireland on the Creative Schools initiative. Helen teaches screenwriting and creative writing in A4 Sounds, a socially engaged art centre and gallery in Dublin.

About Screen8

Screen8 was launched in 2018 with the objective of offering 18 young people from inner-city Dublin the chance to work together on a short film alongside a mentor. It is a free out-of-school programme run by Virgin Media DIFF and The Digital Hub. Designed to give young people of all backgrounds the confidence and skills to pursue a career in the film industry, the first year of the programme was a tremendous success, and several of the participants travelled to Italy as members of the Children’s Jury for the Giffoni Film Festival 2019.

Download an application form and promotional poster!