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Students from Raheen Wood Steiner Secondary School making a film as part of Sparks Youth Film Festival. The event, taking place in the coming days, will also see include films from St Joseph’s Tulla TYs; Scariff Community College TYs and East Clare Youthreach LCETB. The festival is supported by Creative Ireland.

Feast of youth creativity

The Sparks Youth Film Festival in Scariff hosts screenings and workshops next week

THE red carpet will be rolled out in Scariff next week, as the Sparks Youth Film Festival gets underway.
The event will begin on Tuesday next with a series of workshops on skills from animation to special FX make-up and will culminate in a Red Carpet Festival Screening on Saturday from 2-4pm at Scariff Library.
On Tuesday, from 3.30-5pm, a sound FX recording workshop will take place for those aged ten and over.
Animation classes run on Thursday and Friday (October 28 and 29) for those aged between eight and 13.
On Saturday, a special FX makeup session takes place with lots of tips on making scary scenes look even more gory, ahead of Halloween.
The film screening on Saturday (October 30) will include work from local secondary schools and Youthreach. All are welcome.
All workshops are free, but booking is required by calling Scariff Library on 061-922893. The festival is supported by Creative Ireland.
Also at Scariff Library, an exhibition will open this Friday (October 22).
The show, from Fishbowl Youth is called ‘Phased Reconnection’, and it runs until November 12.
The project was developed with Clare Arts Office and funded by The Arts Council through the NYCI Artist and Youth Work Residency Award.
The work documents the creative processes the young people engaged with as part of finding ways to keep connected with each other within the restrictions prompted by the pandemic.
Art-making was used to express their experience of the world during and between lockdowns.
The young people were supported by youth workers Rachel Newland and Emma Sams, working with Clare artist Nathalie El Baba.

by Fiona McGarry

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