HARD to believe. And probably for a lot of the very first graduates pictured on the right, many are not quite sure of being reminded about it. But Young Irish Film Makers have come of age at 21 years in 2013. To mark the occasion a confernece has been called with all the significant movers in both film, the arts, youth organisations and new media attending from throughout the country on Friday next, April 26.
The event, which will be opened by Minister of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan, will hopefully kick start what is truly a national debate on providing young people with the required skills to forge their place - be it in employment or socially - in the modern age.
Film has taken many a twist and turn over the years with various developments but in the past decade, the rise of the mobile phone, smart technology, tablets and video have all added to a new media revolution.
Young Irish Film Makers have kept apace of the changes, and are now going a step further with this conference. The key note speaker, Lord David Puttnam OBE is a significant coup for the conference. A Digital Champion from the UK, he would probably be better known as the man who gave us such timeless classics as Chariots of Fire and The Mission. Lord Puttnam will deliver his address in the afternoon from the UK, where he was pre-booked for a Digital Conference. But it is significant that for such a seminar, hewill deliver his address through video link.
Thousands of children have gone through the doors of Young Irish Film Makers. One of those, Tomm Moore, is an Oscar nominated director at Cartoon Saloon here in Kilkenny. Among the guest list are representatives of RTE, the Arts Council, the Irish Film Board and local IT’s such as Carlow and Waterford. The conference, which begins early in the morning and is by invitation only, will break up in to groups throughout the morning - and the feedback from these groups may very well shape the future of ned media in this country for the decades ahead.
Mike Kelly, who began it all 21 years ago continues to be the driving force, will welcome the gathering to the Castle and Kilkenny and hopefully it will be the start of something very significant for this city, indeed this country.