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Screen Training Ireland publish A Year in Review 2016 and define Areas of Focus for 2017
17 Jan 2017 : Katie McNeice
The national training and development resource published its review of 2016, including new initiatives, training highlights, and a bursary review and also laid out its plans for 2017 in the core areas of Creativity and Creative Collaboration, Production and Technical and Business and Enterprise Training.

Among others, new initiatives reflected on in the report are the adaptations course which included a case study with Oscar-nominated ‘Room’ director Lenny Abrahamson and the launch of Find Your Audience – a marketing and distribution mentorship in association with We Are The Tonic.

The latter initiative boasts a wealth of high calibre Irish and international speakers from companies such as Amazon Prime, Altitude Film Entertainment, Protagonist Pictures, Wildcard Distribution and Element Pictures.

John McDonnell, Head of Production Fantastic Films:
“Fantastic Films were delighted to participate in ‘Finding Your Audience’ and along with meeting terrific mentors, we found the approach to be practical, well presented with very up-to-the-minute information.”

Big Stories on the Small Screen funded by the BAI, Irish Film Board and Screen Training Ireland continued throughout 2016, having launched in the latter months of 2015, with its focus on developing Irish skills in quality long-form screen drama.

Laura Canavan-Hayes, Participant:
“A huge thank you to Big Stories for creating and facilitating an incredible week of creative learning and development. To all the hugely talented fellow writers, it is an honour to be in the process with you and thanks for your generosity, energy and ideas this week.”

Just some of the many other highlights available in the full report are the eight-week Animation Base Camp, VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship, and the launch of Troy Studios Film Industry Open Day.

Training highlights also note the success of The First Draft and Beyond, The Development Toolkit, Red Rock Writers Academy, and the Role Play Games Design Workshop in association with the Galway Film Centre.

The key areas of focus in 2017 and into 2018 are:

  • Building Capacity in the Industry – supporting the scaling, growth and development of companies. Helping leaders and companies to realise their goals and assisting them in achieving measurable and sustainable results
  • Branding and Positioning – helping professionals in the industry to position their brand effectively in the marketplace, maximise the potential of their IP, and grow their personal, project and company brands.
  • Developing Career Pathways – assisting professionals to focus on their career development, helping companies create clear progression routes, identifying and addressing skill gaps, attracting and retaining staff and developing industry.
  • Leadership and Strategic Development – to support the strategic development of companies across the value chain and develop the skills of company leaders. To build the strategic development and leadership skills of senior management teams and HODs, both in company and on-set.
  • People Management/Talent Management – this is a key focus particularly for the animation and VFX companies but also for managers across industry areas. There is a need to formalise the HR practice in the industry and develop skills in managing people.

Production and technical training areas of focus in 2017:

  • The continuation of industry traineeships and work-based learning models, utilising a range of learning tools to deliver training in the most effective ways possible.
  • Development of HOD talent and support crew talent who are at the point of upgrading.
    Continued emphasis on the convergence of digital and physical production, exploring the digitisation of production, and new skills and workflows for key departments.
  • Addressing regional skills development through training partnerships with key national industry centres and creative hubs.
  • Enhancing the skills of educators, particularly in digital production disciplines

Download A Year In Review 2016 from Screen Training Ireland for further information on bursaries, partnerships and more. 

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