Feb 18, 2021

Screen8 Movie by local young filmmakers to premiere at Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival

A short film made on the Screen 8 out of school programme for young people aged 15 to 17 from Dublin 8 and its surrounds, will screen on 3rd March 2021 as part of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.


Called ‘The Debs Debacle’, the short film follows four frenemies who are forced to overcome their differences and work together to organise their school Debs. The Debs Debacle is set in the current world of Covid-19 and reflects their doubts and disappointments that come along with being a teenager during a pandemic.


Screen 8, a collaboration between The Digital Hub and the Dublin International Film Festival, gives young filmmakers hands-on experience of making movies. This year Screen 8 was led by Helen Flanagan, an award-winning filmmaker who has had numerous short films commissioned for RTE, TG4 and several film festivals.

The Debs Debacle is part of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival’s Young People’s Short Film Programme, which is available online on March 3rd, 2021. See link for more details.

About Screen 8

Screen8 is a free to attend out-of-school filmmaking programme, for 15-to-17-year olds living in Dublin 8 and its surroundings.  The Digital Hub and Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival established the programme in May 2018.

The programme gives young people an opportunity to be creative and develop filmmaking skills and talents over six months.  They work collaboratively on the production of a short film under the supervision of an experienced filmmaker.  Participants will learn the important stages in the filmmaking process from script to screen.  They will hear about career opportunities in the film industry, meet filmmaking professionals working in departments such as cinematography, acting and production design and create their own short film.