The Junior Galway Film Fleadh which is part of the Galway Film Fleadh is a innovative film festival aimed at young people of all ages and abilities. We screen films made by young people for young people alongside an extensive programme of eductional screenings (Irish language features, shorts, world cinema in French, German and Spanish, animation and coming of age dramas) plus workshops and a storytelling competition.
Running for 4 days in November, the festival is curated with young people in mind and celebrates the magic and power of cinema in educating, entertaining and informing. Collaboration with Schools – The Junior Film Fleadh runs an programme of schools outreach screenings in German and Irish language specifically targeted to rural and disadvantaged schools. The films are chosen in association with Goethe Institut Irland and Foras na Gaeilge and discussion and workshops are offered after each screenings. Resource (study guides) are also produced to support the outreach programme. The outreach programme is aimed at secondary school students (ages 13 – 17 yrs old) and takes place from November to January each year. In the past we have also run week long filmmaking workshops in city and county schools with professional tutors in which a short animation, drama or documentary is produced. Each year the festival is put together in association with our Youth Council – a group of young people attending schools in Galway and the surrounding area. Their input is highly valued in creating our festival.