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Final call for Sligo Transition Year students to take part in Guaranteed Irish film competition

Transition Year students in Sligo and right across Ireland are being encouraged to enter the new Guaranteed Irish film competition launched by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD last month. Guaranteed Irish has now issued the final call for Transition Year students to enter their film before the closing date, Friday 5th May

Speaking today, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, Brid O’Connell said: “We are calling on all Sligo Transition Year students to get involved and make a short sixty to ninety second video about a local business in their community. This is a great opportunity for Transition Year students to experience filmmaking and also to connect with local businesses in Sligo who share the same values as Guaranteed Irish.

“There are some terrific prizes for the winning school with a brand-new website and film training up for grabs – so we encourage schools in Sligo and right across Ireland to get involved” said Brid O’Connell “The winning school’s film will be announced at an award ceremony following a special screening of the finalists’ films in Dublin in September.”

The initiative is part of a programme of Guaranteed Irish public engagement activities aimed at attracting new members, raising the profile of existing members, and encouraging the wider public to support companies that contribute positively to Ireland’s economy and society. 

Minister Bruton

Speaking at the competition’s launch last month (29.03.17) Minister Bruton TD said: “I am delighted to launch this Guaranteed Irish video competition. This is an excellent opportunity for Transition Year students to learn both about business and enterprise in their local communities and also to enhance their education in film studies. I wish the very best of luck to all students involved in the competition and I hope that students will feel engaged with the businesses in their communities.”

How to get involved

Transition Year students in Sligo and across the country are invited to create a short video of a business in their community. Entries will be judged on: originality, creativity, plot, pacing, structure, direction, writing (where applicable), entertainment value and overall quality of production.

Entries can be submitted between Tuesday, 2nd May and Friday, 5th May via a Dropbox account to Guaranteed Irish. A shortlist of eight videos will be selected for the judging panel with the winning school announced at the award ceremony in September. Schools looking to get involved should download the resources at: http://www.guaranteedirish.ie/calling-all-transition-year-students/

Members of the judging panel include: Stefanie Preissner, Screenwriter, Playwright and Actor; Elaine Geraghty, CEO Screen Producers Ireland (SPI); Garry McHugh, Director, Young Irish Film Makers; Shane Byrne, CEO Showoff; Maser, Artist and Guaranteed Irish Hero; and Brid O’Connell, CEO, Guaranteed Irish.

Competition Prizes

The winning school will receive a website designed and developed by Showoff and a three day film making workshop from Young Irish Film Makers.