GETTING CREATIVE: Killarney Youth Filmmakers plan to hold their first meet up in the town today (Saturday). Pictured l-r were: Leone Wright, Claudia Clifford, Johnny Horgan, Rían Gill, Mieke Vanmechelen (Kerry Filmmaker in Residence), Alexandra Bozic (The Official Killarney App) and Ollie Ojegbenro. Photo: Michelle Crean


By Michelle Crean


It’s lights, camera and action for Killarney teens who have come together and formed a brand new filmmakers group.

Killarney Young Filmmakers, for teens aged 16 to 19 years – plan to learn all about

story writing, storyboarding, directing, acting, camera, sound and editing.

It was set up by 18-year-old Ollie Ojegbenro, who was awarded the Young Irish Film Bursary at the National Youth Film School in August.

The Sixth Year Sem student was looking for a creative outlet for Killarney teens like himself – and is now planning their first public meet up today (Saturday), and all are welcome to come and learn more about the group.

It takes place in the Curious Cat at 4pm where they’ll chat about their very first production ‘Feeling Clean’ – a film focusing on young people and substance abuse.

This week they created a GoFundMe page: Killarney Young Filmmakers, to help raise funds for film projects and equipment and are delighted to have the support of Kerry Filmmaker in Residence Mieke Vanmechelen and Alexandra Bozic from The Official Killarney App.

“At present we’ve about 30 in the group and hopefully we’ll have more as we spread out,” Mieke told the Killarney Advertiser.

“This is a fledgling project and we’re only finding our feet. The goal is to get youth in Killarney and surrounds to learn about filmmaking, scriptwriting, behind the scenes work, and content creation.”

The not-for-profit group are hoping to initially raise €3,000 for set up costs but said it’ll need continuous support. For more information or to get involved ring 089 9470355.