May 17, 2018

Join Screen8 – a new out-of-school programme for young filmmakers

Screen8 is a free to attend filmmaking programme, for 14-to-16-year olds in Dublin 8. Applications now open.

Screen8 is a new out-of-school programme for 14-to-16-year olds living in Dublin 8 and its surroundings. The Digital Hub and Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) established this pilot programme in May 2018.


Screen8 will give budding young filmmakers hands-on experience of making movies. They will work collaboratively on the production of a short film under the supervision of Irish filmmaker, Mia Mullarkey who was one of this year’s winners of the ADIFF Discovery Award. The short film will be shown at a public screening as part of the Dublin International Film Festival in February 2019.


The free pilot programme will give 15 young people an opportunity to be creative and develop filmmaking skills and talents over six months. Classes will be held once a week at The Digital Hub and will start on Saturday, 15th September 2018.

What will the young people learn?

  • Participants will learn the important stages in the filmmaking process from script to screen.
  • Hear about career opportunities in the film industry.
  • Meet filmmaking professionals working in departments such as cinematography, acting and production design.
  • Create their own short film.
  • Develop a script, coordinate its production, experience being part of a film crew and help edit their film.
  • The course will culminate with a public screening and Q&A with the participants, at the Dublin International Film Festival in February 2019.


When and where will classes take place?

  • Screen8 is a 6-month programme.
  • Classes will take place once a week on Saturdays.
  • First class takes place on Saturday, 15th September 2018.
  • Classes will take place at The Digital Hub (Digital Depot, Roe Lane, off Thomas Street, The Digital Hub, Dublin 8, D08 TCV4.).


How to apply & further information

Please complete this application form by Thursday, June 7th, and email it to or post / drop-in to Digital Depot, Roe Lane (off Thomas Street), The Digital Hub, Dublin 8, D08 TCV4.


About Mia Mullarkey, Course Tutor, Screen8.

Following her studies in philosophy and psychology, and after working as a psychologist for a short time, Mia completed a Masters in film production and theory in 2009. In 2011, Mia set up a production company called Ishka Films. Her work has been screened at film festivals worldwide and collected a number of awards. Her film ‘Throwline’, a short documentary about Irish taxi drivers trained in suicide prevention, won 8 awards world-wide including Best Short Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh 2017. ‘Feats of Modest Valour’, co-directed with Alice McDowell, looks at a new potential cure for Parkinson’s Disease and was funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Amongst other awards this documentary won the prestigious Scientist Award at Imagine Science 2017 with the jury including Nobel prize-winning scientist, Professor Martin Chalfe, and award-winning science columnist for the New York Times, Professor Carl Zimmer. Her most recent short documentary, ‘Mother & Baby’, explores the memories of Mother & Baby Home survivors who were sold or fostered out by the Irish church and state. ‘Mother & Baby’ was funded by the Irish Film Board and won Best Short Documentary at Cork International Film Festival 2017 and Best Irish Short Film at Dublin International Film Festival 2018. Alongside directing Mia has taught filmmaking to all age groups, both theory and practice, as well as participating in numerous panels on filmmaking. She has also created bespoke videos for musicians and digital content for companies including Landrover, RTE, IBM, Druid, Macnas, Yahoo, Body & Soul.