Their doors maybe closed due to the Covid-19 restrictions but the creativity and community of Droichead Arts Centre continues.
Staff at the centre, which is celebrating its 30th year, have launched #DroicheadConnects, a programme of online activity for the summer including Droichead’s Youth Focus Group Film Project for young film makers between the ages of 12 and 22.
Droichead Youth Focus Group is designed to look specifically at the needs and interests of young people aged 15-20. Their purpose is to advise on programmes that interest young people, to propose new initiatives, means of communication, and to be a consistent youth perspective for the Centre
“We want to give young film makers the opportunity to showcase their talents” said Director, Collette Farrell. “They may have something filmed but not finished or they might like to create a new film for the project (adhering to all social distancing guidelines of course). Quite often some of the most interesting productions are those that embrace limitations.”
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Young film makers can enter in three age categories 12- 14, 15 – 18, and 19 – 22 and they can create their films on their smart phones, using GoPros and whatever video camera they have, edit footage on their phones or fire up Windows Movie Maker.
An animated film is also an option - there's lots of free animation software available so film makers could try their hand at animating, or maybe stop-motion animation.
“To enter, film makers just need to upload their work to Youtube or Vimeo and email the link to email@example.com with their name, age, and title of film. Films can be up to 5 mins in length.
Selected films will be shared on Droichead Arts Centre's Instagram and other social media platforms by the youth focus group every month, at which point we will also host a discussion around the films.
The audience choice for best film monthly will receive a €100 voucher for a retail outlet of their choice. The first round of entries should be submitted by Thursday, 4 June. Launch date is 13 June in association with Creative Ireland as part of #CruinniúnanÓg 2020.
“While we encourage fun and creativity for all our entrants, HEALTH AND SAFETY is most important. To that end, we advise film makers follow all health and safety Covid 19 guidelines for their film projects including social distancing, limiting their cast to people who they live with. If that's not possible, have cast members film themselves separately and then send their footage” Collette concluded.
#DroicheadConnects programme is available for free and Droichead continues to support and pay our artists. If you would like to make a donation towards future programming you can give as little as €2 at https://www.droichead.com/products/donation
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