Nov 11, 2019

Screen8 Call for Filmmaker in Residence

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival in partnership with the Digital Hub is seeking a Filmmaker in Residence to lead and facilitate the 2020 Screen 8 Filmmaking Programme.


The ‘Screen8’ programme was piloted in 2018 with the aim of supporting young people from the inner city community of Dublin 8 where the Festival is based, as well as bringing new talent and diversity to the industry. The project brings together a group of 18 young people to participate in a 6 month film project, mentored by the filmmaker in residence.


What will the residency involve?

The Screen 8 Filmmaker in Residence will lead a group of 18 young people from the Dublin 8 area through the process of making a short film. Sessions will take place weekly on a Saturday where the FIR will be supported by an assistant tutor. The content and format of the weekly sessions are to be determined by the FIR (with guidance from the Festival and the Digital Hub) with the aim of producing a festival-ready short film at the end of the process.  The FIR will also be given an office on-site at the Digital Hub to support their own work and development.

Who is eligible to apply?

Filmmakers who have

  • made a minimum of 2 short films
  • Have been awarded at least 1 award or commendation for their film work from a recognised festival or organisation.

Where is the programme taking place?

The FIR will be based in the Digital Hub in Dublin 8.

How long will the whole project last?

26 weeks

What is the outcome of this process?

Working towards producing a short film, the aim of the project is not only to teach the group filmmaking skills but develop their leadership, public speaking and teamwork skills, building resilience and empathy. The FIR and the Screen8 programme should encourage young people to develop their own creative voices, thinking critically about their environment and their potential to shape and change it.


The value of the residency is €10,000. The filmmaker will receive a fee of €5000 as well as an office space in the Digital Hub valued at €5000.

When is the deadline for application to the Call?

Monday 18th November, 12pm

Application details

If you are interested in applying, please send the following to Johan Hallstrom at with Filmmaker in Residence in the subject line:

  1. A cover letter including your personal details concisely outlining in detail how you propose to:
    • Approach the delivery of the workshops with the students.
    • Inspire student filmmakers
    • Develop and produce a short film with the students
  2. An updated Curriculum Vitae (max. two A4 pages)
  3. A showreel or example of previous work
  4. Any relevant information (as necessary) (max. two A4 pages)


Please collate all documents into one attachment, either Word or PDF.