National Youth Film and Animation School Bursary

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What is the National Youth Film and Animation Bursary?

The Irish Film Board in association with the Irish Youth Foundation and Young Irish Film Makers are funding this unique bursary aimed at supporting young people living in disadvantaged circumstance (16-18yrs) who might be planning a career or college placement in Film or Television. We are reaching out to youth and community workers to nominate a young person they feel would benefit from a fantastic programme like the National Youth Film & Animation School. You may know of a young person in your youth group or youth arts programme who has a talent or passion for film making or is interested in animation. They don’t have to be a genius, as they will be mentored and supported throughout the programme in all aspects of the film making or animation process.

What does the bursary cover?

The bursary will cover the young person’s fees and travel costs to make sure there are no financial barriers for them to participate in the programme. The programme fees cover full bed & board with three meals a day served on site at the school canteen. There is also an additional pocket money fund available if this is deemed necessary. There is very little need for pocket money as there are only one or two off site activities such as a cinema night or a trip to the theatre. The young people will be kept busy making films or taking part in game nights during free time.

Welfare of the young person?

As this is a residential programme, there will be 24 hour supervision with Overnight & Daytime Welfare Officers on hand to look after any needs the young people attending may have. Young Irish Film Makers are the organisers of this programme and have all the relevant Garda Vetting, child protection training, policies and procedures in place.

10 Day Residential Film camp (Kilkenny, 13-23 August 2018)

The film making programme will accommodate young film makers from all over Ireland to immerse them in the world of film making with practical training workshops, intensive shooting days and long hours in the edit suite. The camp will include interactive workshops in all aspects of film making – from writing to lighting, production to editing – all with experts in the field, coupled with the experience of working on a professional film crew. The final films will premiere in front of an industry audience in the autumn to showcase the young talent.

The 5 Day Residential Animation Camp (Kilkenny, 13-17 August 2018)

This year we are introducing a residential Animation school to run alongside the film making school. This will bring young creative artists together from all across Ireland to work with professional animators who will teach them the foundations of animation, giving them an amazing opportunity to develop their craft and prepare for a college placement or career in animation. With mentorship from some great industry professionals, you will have an opportunity to stretch your drawing muscles and get a fully animated workout! And we are in the home town of three time Oscar nominated Cartoon Saloon, so you never know who might drop in to say hello and share some wisdom.

In the autumn, there will be a screening of their work and portfolio workshops will be hosted at The National Film School in IADT for students who are preparing to apply for college to study film, television or animation. This unique workshop gives students the tools they need to present their work in a portfolio format.


  • Submissions MUST come from a youth worker or community worker.

  • This bursary is specifically aimed to support young people who are living in disadvantaged circumstances/who are marginalised and may not otherwise be able to attend the National Youth Film School

  • We want to ensure the best interests of the young person’s artistic and personal development

  • The nominator must get the permission of the young person and their parent/guardian in order to nominate them for a bursary

  • Young persons recommended should have a passion or talent for film making or animation

  • Candidates chosen will represent a geographical spread across Ireland

  • The young person must be available to attend the film camp form 13-23 August 2018 in Kilkenny (Travel, accommodation & spending money (where needed) will be included in scholarship funds)

  • The young person nominated must be aged between 16-19 years

  • Successful nominees will be interviewed by phone/skype with their parents/guardians


To apply for the National Youth Film and Animation Bursary please:

  1. Fill out the online application form that you can access HERE

  2. Submit a video clip telling us why the young person you are nominating should be selected (no more than 60 seconds).

Closing date for submissions: Friday 15th June 2018

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