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Students of Waterford Institute of Technology’s Higher Diploma in Television and Digital Media Production premiered an array of dramas and documentaries at the SGC Cinema in Dungarvan.

Following in the footsteps of former graduates of the course, the next young group of filmmakers hope to win awards and have their work broadcast on TV and screened at some of Ireland’s best film festivals. Based at Nemeton TV in the Ring Gaeltacht of Co. Waterford, the students have completed an array of imaginative dramas and documentaries.

This year, the work of ten students was praised as being of the highest standard, with the films offering a fascinating insight into diverse aspects of Irish life.

Waterford based photographer John Foley has made an intriguing documentary called ‘Díoltas’. It is based on the brutal kidnapping, imprisonment and eventual execution of RIC District Inspector Gilbert Potter by the IRA in 1921 during the War of Independence. The film illustrates Potter’s last arduous days spent in safe houses amidst the dramatic backdrop of the Comeragh Mountains. Locals who have familial and historical connections to the events narrate the true story, which adds a personal element and a deeper perspective to this gripping documentary.

Clare musician Caoimhe Morrissey and Cork native Andy O’Leary explore the power of music therapy in their heart-warming documentary ‘Guth An Cheoil’. James lives with Down Syndrome and in this documentary, we go on a moving journey with him and his family and discover how much music therapy has benefitted all of their lives.

Dungarvan hurler Kevin Daly explores the devastating impact of injury on young players in his illuminating documentary ‘An Seanléim’. When former Cork minor and U21 hurler Aaron Ward tore his cruciate ligament, he thought his sporting career was over. The documentary explores Aaron’s fears for his future in sport, the challenges he faced mentally and physically and the steps involved in his comeback from this crushing injury.

Laura Coady from Waterford and Eannaí O’Sullivan of Cork have linked up together to write, produce and direct their own sit-com drama ‘Cara Nó Namhaid’. Two college students with very different personalities are forced to live together and to make matters worse share the same bedroom. Will these girls ever become friends? Or will they end up with nothing more than a bitter relationship and a longing for personal space?

Cillian MacGabhain from Mullingar has created a fascinating programme ‘Bígí Sibh Féin’ in which he explores how writing and performing music and stand-up comedy have helped him to see the world from a different perspective.

Helena Keane from County Meath has finally been able to realise her dream of making a comedy. Her skit ‘Nuacht Nocht Anocht’ is a mock current affairs programme in which the panelists discuss satirical and farcical topics in a hilarious way. Helena’s wit and flair for comedy-writing shines through in this entertaining programme.

Waterford artist Amii McGuinness explores the world of Paganism today in Ireland in her eye-opening documentary 'Págánach'. Amii travels the country and poses the questions: Is Paganism still alive in Ireland today? And what motivates a Pagan to choose this path in life? The documentary was created in a bid to help people understand: Pagan beliefs, music, history and rituals.

In ‘‘Oglaigh Rojava’ Waterford native Leo De Moinbhíol provides a unique and revealing insight into a huge revolutionary project currently taking place in Kurdistan in Northern Syria. Irish people and other international volunteers have joined the Rojava revolution against ISIS to fight for the rights of oppressed Kurds. In this captivating documentary, we meet these volunteers and find out what inspires them to help others in such dangerous territory.

Speaking about the course, Nemeton TV’s Moira Sweeney told IFTN:

“Step by step, our students are equipped with the necessary skills needed to not only complete their projects but to learn about all aspects of the media industry.  They benefit from inspirational master classes, with visits from some of the best in the industry here in Ireland: Chris Watson – David Attenborough’s soundman, Directors Paula Kehoe, Paddy Hayes, and Darach Mac Con Iomaire, Fair City Actress Carrie Crowley and Peaky Blinder Director of Photography Cathal Watters.”

This Postgraduate Course in Television & Digital Media Production is run by the Waterford Institute of Technology in association with Irish production company Nemeton TV and Udarás na Gaeltachta.  Widely regarded as the most industry-focused course in the media sector, the core belief is that this third level course is relevant, dynamic and genuinely prepares students for the industry. The course has gained a high profile in the media industry and has an excellent employment record among course graduates.  Films produced on the course have gone on to win Best Irish Language documentary at the National Student Media Awards every year since 2014.

Click here for more information about the course.

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