Celebrations were underway this past week for young Leitrim Filmmakers when the short film ‘Steve the Robot’ was shown in competition at the Berlin International Youth Film Festival. The film was made by students of North West Film School in Carrick-on-Shannon last summer.
The festival was held over five days, showcasing the best of international youth film. 90 films were officially selected by the festival committee, representing 17 countries from around the world.
The opening ceremony of the festival took place last Wednesday, September 21 with just four films selected to highlight the best on offer.
One of these four was Carrick film ‘Steve the Robot’. The film was made by fourteen youths from Leitrim and surrounding areas over a two week summer course with the North West Film School which was held in Carrick Community School in July 2010. The students involved in the film learned about script-writing, film directing, acting, cameras, sound, lighting, editing, costume and set design, soundtrack composition and all of the elements required to produce the short film under the guidance of Film School Director Ruth Earley.
Since being launched onto the film festival circuit, ‘Steve the Robot’ has been recognised at a number of national and international events. The film was awarded the ‘Audience Award’ at Waterford’s ‘Scene 15’ film festival in January and was selected as a national finalist in the Fresh Film Festival, Ireland’s national youth film festival, in March. It was also officially selected for competition in the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People (Greece), The Seoul International Youth Film Festival (South Korea) and most recently for the Youki International Film Festival (Austria).
North West Film School are holding a week-long filmmaking course in Carrick-on-Shannon during the mid-term break from Oct 31 -Nov 4. For further details log onto www.northwestfilmschool.ie