The Cork Young Filmmakers (CYF) project is a series of one-day, two-day and week-long filmmaking workshops for youth groups and schools throughout County Cork. It is facilitated by Cork Film Centre, and funded by Cork County Council Arts Office and SECAD (South & East Cork Area Development). It has been run annually since 2006. First Cut! Youth Film Festival emerged from this workshop programme and continues to showcase films made as part of it.
CYF organises sixteen one-day workshops and four two-day workshops in schools, youth groups and at festivals between July and November, and week-long workshops during the summer. In 2018, three week-long workshops will take place, one in Macroom, one in Midleton and one in Mallow. Each of these workshops gives participants the hands-on opportunity to devise and make a short film. One and two-day workshops are geared towards twelve participants, while the summer weeks host twenty-one.
The shorter workshops provide a concentrated ‘taster’ session of what making a film entails, giving young people a chance to experience scriptwriting, crewing and acting. The week-long workshops allow participants a more in-depth experience of the filmmaking process, including editing, and result in more elaborate final films. A total of twenty-eight films emerge from these workshops each year. These are screened at a special gala event at Cork County Hall in November and at First Cut! Youth Film Festival.