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Kerry College announces new screenwriting programme with writer-director Gerard Barrett, and the support of the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA)
16 Aug 2023 : Nathan Griffin
Kerry College announces new screenwriting programme.
Kerry College has announced an all-new Screenwriting programme entitled Content Development for Film & Television, which starts on 25th September.

Content Development for Film & Television is a full-time 40-week creative practice course that aims to nurture the next generation of storytellers, providing an immersive experience in the art of developing screenplays for film, scripted television, and documentaries. The course is for individuals who want to pursue professional careers as a Screenwriter, Director, Producer or in other creative roles across the global Film & Television industry.

Gerard Barrett from Listowel, the internationally critically acclaimed IFTA-winning director/screenwriter/producer behind the films Pilgrim Hill, Glassland, Netflix’s Brain On Fire, and the acclaimed Pat Shortt TV Drama Smalltown, developed this programme with Kerry College to address the ongoing demand for original creative content for screen media, but also to give young filmmakers a space to incubate, develop, and refine their creative concepts and to teach the creative skillsets and disciplines that are needed to make it in the industry.

The course instructors are industry veterans themselves and include Gerard Barrett, IFTA-winning TV drama & documentary director/producer Maurice Sweeney and actor/director/producer Pat Shortt, in addition to American Film Institute Los Angeles & the New York Film Academy alumni. The course learners will also be mentored by working industry professionals.

One of the most exciting aspects of this course is the exclusive opportunity it affords participants to present their fully developed projects to industry professionals, including producers, studios, commissioners, and broadcasters.

Speaking about the course, Gerard Barrett said: "This is a safe haven to create, write, and develop your film and television projects, hand in hand with the industry. Whether that is film, scripted television, animation, or documentary. This is exactly what I would have wanted when starting out. It was such a privilege to be asked to develop this course with Kerry College and it shows their progressive approach to growing creative opportunity in the region."

The Content Development for Film & Television course will also have the official support of the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA), where each learner will become an Associate Member of the Academy (IFTA) for the duration of the course. This membership will allow learners to attend official IFTA industry events, workshops, masterclasses, and other relevant industry programmes. This partnership is unique to Kerry College and made possible with the support of IFTA CEO Áine Moriarty.

CEO of IFTA, Áine Moriarty: "It’s very exciting to see this dynamic Content Development course open its doors, giving participants an unprecedented level of access to knowledge & skills from such a wide range of leading industry professionals. Congratulations to Gerard and the whole team at Kerry College. IFTA is delighted to lend its support to such a unique and innovative hands-on learning approach, and we look forward to supporting more of these initiatives in the future.”

Monavalley Campus Assistant Manager, John Herlihy: “For almost 40 years, we have prepared graduates for the world of film & television production. The Content Development for Film & Television course is a bold step towards nurturing creative talent. With a seasoned team of instructors, industry experts and a curriculum designed to foster innovation, this course offers writers and makers a brilliant opportunity to get started.”

Content Development for Film & Television will run at the Digital Skills Centre Studios at Monavalley Campus, commencing September 25th. No registration fees, tuition fees, examination fees, or certification fees are payable as the programme is fully funded. Applicants may be eligible for a learner training allowance.

Minimum entry criteria apply, full details are available – here.

Places are offered following a recruitment interview and are limited to 12 participants only.

For more information on the course, to get a call-back from the course instructors, contact Kerry College Admissions Office by telephone on 066 714 96 96 or by email at info@kerrycollege.ie.





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