Young and want to make a film?

Callum Kewley and Maya Kewley at a film school last year

Callum Kewley and Maya Kewley at a film school last year

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An agency of the government called ‘Manx Arts Development’ is inviting applications for film schools to take place at Easter and in the summer.

The film schools are now in their eighth year and cost participants £82.50 to take part.

The Easter event, from April 14 to 16, will be for ages eight to 12 and the second, for ages 13 to 18, will be from April 21 to 23.

The summer film schools will run from August 11 to 13 for eight- to 12-year-olds and from August 18 to 20 for 13- to 18-year-olds.

The press statement says that the film school ‘delivers’ a comprehensive film-making course, age and ability appropriate, for young people with varied (or no) previous experience.

It includes all aspects of film making and provides opportunities for participants to experience aspects of film making which are new to them and advanced techniques for those with more experience.

Tutoring will be provided for various film genres, including animation, and each participant completes at least one film project, individually or as part of a group.

Emma Callin, community arts development manager, said: ‘Film school remains an important opportunity that we can offer.

‘Film-making on the Isle of Man continues to develop and grow and we provide a starting point for young people who wish to learn for fun or to develop their skills with a career in film making in mind. Additionally, like most creative activities, Film School encourages discipline, team work and innovation.’

Filmschool will once again be taught by local film makers who have extensive experience in film making in the island and internationally and who also run the short film development scheme, Mannin Shorts.

Christy DeHaven from Mannin Shorts said: ‘Running the Mannin Shorts training scheme, we are not only aware of how much creative talent there is on the Isle of Man, but also how important it is to nurture the younger talent.

‘With the proper guidance and support of these films schools, which we were thrilled to take on in 2012 for Manx Arts Development, we hope to not only help inspire filmmakers of the future, but also to make them aware of the excellent opportunities available to them on the island and beyond.’

Participants can enter their films into the Young FilmMaker of Mann Competition organised by Manx Arts Development, which offers a top prize of £200 and prizes of £100 for category winners.

Selected entries will be shown during the Isle of Man Film Festival in September.

The closing date for entries for Easter film school is Friday, April 4, and for summer film school the last date for entries is Friday, August 8. Entry forms can be obtained from Manx Arts Development on 694598, or email and via

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