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Saturday 11th Documentary Filmmaking 
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This popular weekend course, guided by Award-winning director Colm Quinn (Needle Exchange) and aimed at beginners, encourages students to write and present documentary proposals, develop and research ideas, produce, direct and interview. Other subjects taught on this course are digital camera skills, sound recording and advice on funding & markets. Two proposals are selected to be made into short documentaries over a weekend.


23rd - 26th October 2014 Clones Film Festival 
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25th - 26th October 2014 Guth Gafa Film Festival 
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Tuesday, 28th October 2014 Developing Original FORMATS for Television 
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Course Profile:

The seminar will explore the following topics;

Ideation. How to generate good ideas that could become TV formats. Ideation looks at the psychology of creativity, offers a variety of techniques to apply that creativity to the generation of relevant TV-oriented ideas, and applies different narratives to those ideas to tell a story in different ways.

Turning Ideas into Formats How to take good ideas and turn them into great formats. We explore and apply a unique system developed by The Format People to focus and clarify the heart of an idea, and develop it into a practical working format with potential international appeal.

Tutors: Justin Scroggie, Chief Creative Officer & Partner of The Format People

Participant Profile:

This seminar is aimed producers focussing on the development of original Formats for Television, across all genres.


4th - 11th Ocober 2014 Kerry Film Festival 
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7th - 16th November 2014 Cork Film Festival 
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8th October – 26th November Screenwriting for Beginners (8 Wednesday eves) 

Eight evenings devoted to exploring the ins and outs of scriptwriting, geared towards those with little or no previous experience in the field.


8th & 9th November Location Sound for TV and Film with Noel 
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This hands-on course offers tuition from an experienced professional who will take students through the basics guiding you through common situations, errors and best practice.


19 – 23 November 2014 Foyle Film Festival 
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lagship project of the Nerve Centre, Foyle Film Festival's 27th annual edition launches on November 19 and runs until November 23. The festival's 2014 education programme spans November 18-27.

A host of Hollywood names joined the line-up for last year's festival, including, Oscar® winning director Danny Boyle in conversation with BAFTA nominated screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce while Pulitzer Prize winning writer and actor Sam Shepard will attend a screening of his classic movie, Paris, Texas in Brunswick Moviebowl on Friday November 22.

Highlights included; a special 40th anniversary, never-before-seen in UK cinemas, screening of The Wicker Man. Featuring brand new extras and the soundtrack, this is every movie fans perfect ending to a much mythicised search for the most complete version of the cult-classic film.

Elsewhere programme standouts ranged from Irish premieres of two brand new Disney features, Oscar-nominated animated adventure Frozen and the Tom Hanks-starring Saving Mr Banks to Enniskillen filmmaker Stephen Fingleton being in for Oscar consideration after his gripping feature SLR was named Best Irish Short Film at Foyle's LIM Awards.


22nd & 23rd November Producing Documentary weekend with Vanessa Gildea 
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Do you want to know what it takes to produce a Documentary film? With experienced Documentary Producer and Director Vanessa Gildea at the helm, this course is designed for anyone setting out to make their first Doc film.


Friday, 28th November 2014 iMovies for iPads 
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This one day course suits those new to digital video editing, digital educators and existing iPad videographers.

It provides experience in importing footage from multiple sources including other iDevices, organising said footage and editing an interview-based piece using the iMovie for iPad app.

Principles of editing will be discussed throughout particularly in relation to cutaways and background music. Attendees will gain confidence in applying and customising the preset transitions and titles offered in iMovie for iPad. Finally, guidance on how to share your work to master files, mobile devices and contemporary social media outlets will be given.

Date: Friday November 28th

Cost: €65 (members)/€70(non-members)


29th and 30th November 2014 Final Cut pro X: An Introduction 
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Final Cut pro X: An Introduction

This two day course suits both those new to digital video editing and existing editors familiar with other track-based non-linear editing platforms who wish diversify their editing skills and become competent Final Cut Pro X. Using the very latest version (10.1) and under the guidance of Northern Ireland’s only Apple Certified Trainer in Final Cut Pro X (Levels 1 and 2), participants will learn the media management and metadata foundations of FCPX that enables the hyper-efficient sifting of clips, the lightning-fast production of rough cut edits,  projects polished with animation, titles and effects and how to share your work to master files, mobile devices and contemporary social media outlets.

Dates: November 29th/30th

Cost: €170 (members)/€180 (non-members)


6th – 7th November 2014 Belfast Media Festival 
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6th & 7th December Producing a Low Budget Feature Film 
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An experienced producer will take you through all aspects of producing a feature script on a low budget. This course is open to everyone and is especially suitable for first-time feature producer/director teams. The course will include a case study of a recent Irish feature film.


30th January 2015 Higher Diploma in Televsion WIT 
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The Higher Diploma in Arts in Television Production, developed by WIT and Nemeton Television in partnership with Udarás na Gaeltachta, has been successfully preparing new media talent since 2006. This year long course is designed to provide students with the essential practical skills in order to work as professionals in the television and digital video industry.

The course will offer each of the participants the opportunity to work in a live production environment and at the end of the course each student will have directed or edited his or her own television programme. These programmes will satisfy the broadcast criteria of both TG4 and RTE. The course will be taught through the Irish language and therefore will also develop the linguistic abilities of students.

Applicants must hold a Level 7 qualification or higher and must have a level of competency in spoken Irish. Applicants without the above minimum requirements but with relevant industrial experience and language competency will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Múinfear an cúrsa trí mheán na Gaeilge, rud a chuirfidh le scileanna teanga na scoláirí. Déanfar é seo trí iad a thumadh i dtimpeallacht oibre as Gaeilge. Ní bheidh aon táille ar an gcúrsa seo.


April 2015 Belfast Film Festival 
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22nd - 24th April 2015 CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL 
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The 36th Celtic Media Festival, held at Eden Court, Inverness from 22nd – 24th April 2015 and supported by the Highland Council, VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund, Inverness Common Good Fund and Creative Scotland as well as broadcasters and broadcast authorities from the Celtic nations and regions, will see hundreds of delegates enjoy a packed festival programme in the Scottish city.


1st March 2016 European Commission MEDIA Programme - Sales Agent (Reinvestment) 
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