Event report: Northern Ireland short film workshops

Event report: Northern Ireland short film workshops

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The Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts in Belfast was the venue for the first RTS Futures Northern Ireland short film workshop, the first in a series aimed at helping people find their feet in the genre.

At the early May event, producer Brian Falconer and writer/director Jonathan Beer from Belfast production company Out Of Orbit were joined by an enthusiastic group of aspiring film-makers. 

During the 90-minute session, Falconer and Beer discussed how they got into film-making and showed a number of clips from films they had worked on, including their BAFTA award-winning short, Boogaloo and Graham.

Falconer encouraged the would-be film-makers to “get out there and make films – prove you can deliver.” Beer added: “Passion and conviction are infectious – show people what you can do.”

Out of Orbit (with Birmingham-based company Tinker Taylor) also won a Midlands RTS Award for Best Digital Innovation for We Are You last year.

One month earlier, Futures Northern Ireland welcomed Helen Thompson, who works as a talent manager at BBC Northern Ireland, to run a CV writing workshop.

Thompson offered advice on the dos and dont's of writing a CV, encouraging attendees to research the companies they were applying to work for, to put passion into their CVs and to be selective about what they include. 

The Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts in Belfast was the venue for the first RTS Futures Northern Ireland short film workshop, the first in a series aimed at helping people find their feet in the genre.