The Young Irish Film Makers hosted a delegation from the Moscow International Film School at their studios on the Waterford Road last Thursday.
The Moscow International Film School is a Russian state school where a hundred 12- to 17-year-olds study for state examinations as well as specialist training in cinema, theatre and television. The Russian delegation was headed by Moscow International Film School founder Alla Stepanova and the school’s principal Olga Kerzina.
The delegation enjoyed a tour of the Young Irish Film Makers studios and was impressed by the extensive digital equipment and facilities. Both group shared their film training and production methods and experiences.
Alla Stepanova set up the school during the Soviet period in Russia and met with lots of opposition because she refused to toe the party propaganda method of teaching young people. At one point she was marked for death by the KGB but was protected by her students and their parents. But now in the new Russia she has been offered two buildings to help develop hew film education work.
She firmly believes that film is best creative medium to help young people to generate ideas, bring them to life as stories and to communicate them to the entire world. She greatly enjoyed her time here in Kilkenny and declared Young Irish Film Makers as a sister organisation in spirit and ethos to the Moscow International Film School.
The Moscow International Film School was founded in 1991, the same year as Young Irish Film Makers, and the two organisations are now exploring a number of joint youth film training and production initiatives. These will begin in 2013 and will involve young Kilkenny people working on films in Moscow and young Russian people travelling to Kilkenny to work with Young Irish Film Makers.