VACANCY: Training Manager at Screen Training Ireland

Screen Training Ireland (STI) is the national training and development resource specifically tailored for Ireland’s film and television industry.  It was established in 1995 (after the STATCOM report) to provide ongoing training and career development opportunities for professionals working in the screen industry.

The screen industry encompasses the development and production of Film, Television, Animation, VFX, Post production and emerging screen technologies.

STI comes under the auspices of the Irish Film Board (IFB) since 2013.  It is principally funded by the IFB, third-party training partnerships and fee income.

STI offers training to the sector in the following areas

  • Business and Enterprise training (including Screenleaders)
  • Creativity and Creative Collaboration
  • Production and Technical training
  • International training partnership opportunities
  • Bursaries

As part of the strategic development of the sector the IFB and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) commissioned a report on development of skills for the Audiovisual industry in Ireland and as part of that plan the IFB wishes to recruit a Training Manager for Screen Training Ireland.

Training Manager — Role Description

This is a newly created position working within an established team.  The team (currently 5 persons) will report directly to the Training Manager. The role will see the Screen Training Manager working across the strategic development of skills within the screen sector and providing vision and leadership within the team.

The role will see the Training Manager work effectively with the STI Advisory Board on the creation of a new skills / training strategy for Screen Training Ireland and the implementation of the strategy.

The role will also specifically address key linkages between professional training and third-level education.

The role will consist of:

  • Leading and supervising all of the activities and new initiatives of Screen Training Ireland.
  • Working with the Advisory Board of STI to develop a training strategy over the next 3-5 years – this will include an identification of current skill gaps and skills required to future proof the screen sector.
  • Leading an established team and providing organisational leadership.
  • Devise the annual implementation plan and report to the board on outcomes.
  • Ongoing monitoring of course outcomes and evaluations.
  • Developing (with the IFB) baseline industry data.
  • Positioning of STI (industry, press, promotion, publicity and communication)
  • Developing partnerships with other training organisations in Ireland – especially with Solas and the Educational and Training Boards.
  • Developing partnerships internationally to further the aims of STI.
  • Ensuring there is a gender balanced approach to the work of STI.
  • Developing initiatives to generate new funding streams to support the expansion of training provision.
  • Developing relationships with the Irish Guilds (Screen Producers Ireland, Writers Guild and Directors Guild, Animation Ireland and VFXAI).

This role will involve local and international travel therefore we will need flexibility.

Essential Qualities

  • Substantial and proven experience of working in the film and / or television industry.
  • Substantial and proven experience of working in training and/or education provision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • A forward thinker and ideas generator.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equality and diversity issues.

Desirable Qualities

  • A thorough understanding of the key challenges which the screen sector faces in a period of dynamic change.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the crucial importance of training / capacity building within the screen sector and the role it plays in underpinning growth.
  • Experience of leading a team.
  • A track record of project delivery.
  • Leadership and team building skills.

Application Process

Interested applicants are invited to forward a detailed CV that highlights relevant experience and a covering letter in strict confidence to recruitment@irishfilmboard.ie by Wednesday 17th January 2017 at 5.00 pm.  Applications will not be accepted after that time STRICTLY.

You will also be expected to be conversant with the IFB Strategy ‘Building on Success’, and the training strategy ‘Final Report in respect of a Strategy for the Development of Skills for the Audiovisual industry in Ireland’ see www.irishfilmboard.ie and www.screentrainingireland.ie.

This position will be offered on a 5 year fixed–term contract, full time and exclusive.  This is a sanctioned post at Professional Grade 2 with a starting salary of €59,765 with annual increments subject to performance.  Annual leave is 25 days per annum and this post will be part of the Irish Film Board Superannuation Scheme.  There will also be a probationary period.

This position is directly responsible to the IFB Deputy CEO and through STI Advisory Board to the Board of the Irish Film Board.  The post will be based in Dublin.

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board is an equal opportunities employer.

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board is under the aegis of the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht.

Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet Digital Production Mentoring Fund

The Screen Training Ireland/Animation Skillnet Mentoring Fund for Digital Production is now seeking applications.  This initiative offers professionals at all levels and in all digital disciplines an opportunity to avail of mentoring supports or to engage a mentor at key stages in their professional development.

The mentor or mentoring arrangement can be local or international and the mentoring can take a number of forms, from a defined number of consultations/calls over a certain period, to international work placement, to shadowing or face-to-face career clinics.

Mentoring can work in different ways, depending on the upskilling requirements, structure, and focus.  Applicants may consider:

  • Business Mentoring (emerging or mid-career producers/business owners): A number of meetings/consultations over a defined period with an animation/VFX business leader.
  • Creative Mentoring: Different mentoring interventions based on mentee needs and mentor availability, e.g. consultation; portfolio/showreel evaluation and feedback; shadowing; international work placement.
  • Technical mentoring: Focused mentoring to enhance specific technical skills, e.g. shadowing; international work placement; one-to-one tuition.

If you are interested in accessing mentoring supports, please apply here.

Deadline for applications is Friday 12th of January 2018.

Photo: THE BREADWINNER, CARTOON SALOON.

Screen Training Ireland in partnership with Animation Skillnet and Dublin Institute of Technology Announce Animation Apprenticeship

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD today launched 26 new national apprenticeships for development as part of the expanded Apprenticeship Scheme.  In great news for the Irish animation sector, one of the new apprenticeships announced is a Level 9 Apprenticeship in Animation (CGI Technical Artist).  This new programme is a partnership between Screen Training Ireland, Animation Skillnet and Dublin Institute of Technology.

Speaking about the new apprenticeship, Sorcha Loughnane, Screen Training Ireland said “this apprenticeship is a huge endorsement of the success and vibrancy of the Irish animation sector, and will be a key initiative in the development and formalisation of work-based learning in the sector.  The creative technology area is growing rapidly, and industry-led programmes such as this will be critical in developing highly skilled talent in animation, VFX, games and digital production.  We look forward to working with the Apprenticeship Council, Animation Skillnet, DIT and industry on the development of this exciting apprenticeship.”

Screen Training Ireland is focusing heavily on work-based learning to develop cutting-edge industry skills, and is collaborating with a number of Education and Training Boards (ETBs) to develop a range of on-the-job initiatives in Animation, VFX and Live Action film and TV production, including a Career Traineeship in Kilkenny in association with Cartoon Saloon, Kilkenny Carlow ETB, Animation Skillnet and Young Irish Filmmakers.

Notes

Apprenticeships 

Apprenticeship is a programme of structured education and training which formally combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education and training institution. An apprenticeship prepares participants for a specific occupation and leads to a qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications. Since the 1970s it is estimated that over 105,000 apprentices have been trained in Ireland. In 2017 alone over 4,700 apprentices will have registered and started their training. There is a current population of over 12,000 apprentices with 4,900 participating employers (November 2017).

Traineeships 

Traineeship is a programme of structured training which combines learning in an education and training setting and in the workplace aiming to improve recruitment and employment outcomes for participants and increase retention and productivity within industry.

Traineeship gives participants the opportunity to develop cutting edge skills and knowledge on-the-job, making them more skilled, more employable and enhancing their career options and enables employers to access a pipeline of talent and learners.

Statement from the Board of the Irish Film Board on Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Power

Following the recent allegations of sexual harassment and the abuses of power within the worldwide entertainment industries and in Ireland, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) unreservedly condemns such behaviour. For many, the creative arts in general — and filmmaking in particular — exist as a space of creativity and empowerment and we are deeply saddened to learn that for some people, this has not been the case. The IFB not only condemns these dangerous manifestations of power, but stands in solidarity with the victims. We admire their courage and bravery immensely and we thank them for using their voices in such a powerful manner during an extremely difficult time. At the IFB, while we place diversity, inclusion and gender equality at the heart of what we do and who we are, we recognise that we are now at a crucial tipping point, where robust and definitive action is needed to exact real and lasting change.

We welcome Minister Humphreys’ recent announcement detailing a suite of measures on workplace harassment in the arts and culture sector and vow to work closely with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in any way necessary to support the sector in creating a safe working environment and culture. Earlier this month, Screen Training Ireland (the national training and development resource for the Irish screen industries, managed by the IFB), along with Irish Equity, SIPTU and Screen Producers Ireland held a Dignity in the Workplace seminar, which was extremely well-attended and focused on establishing safe and dignified workplaces within the Irish arts sector and across audio-visual and live performance production.

We will continue to implement our Six Point Plan on Gender Equality published in December 2015, on which we elaborated in our Five-Year Strategic Plan, Building on Success: 2016 – 2020, which we launched in July 2016. Gender equality and diversity remain a key remit of this Plan as, for the national state agency for film, television and animation, it is vitally important that we represent a contemporary Ireland with all of its uniqueness, originality of voice and cultural diversity. We have vowed to tackle inequality in Irish filmmaking and screen content, particularly in the roles of writers and directors, and achieving 50/50 gender equality remains our priority.

At the IFB, we have a comprehensive Dignity at Work policy and we have always been committed to providing a work environment free from bullying and harassment of any kind. While this policy extends to everyone involved in our work — whether they are employees or clients — as we are committed to being a leading voice and a guiding light for the industry, we must endeavour to not only lead by example, but to take an active role in an industry-wide shift in perspective. With that in mind, the IFB will be implementing specific contractual obligations on all those to whom it provides production funding to fully implement the Dignity at Work policy. We will be working with producers so that this will be in place in the work environment for film productions, including on sets, in studios, on location and in production offices; ensuring that bullying, sexual harassment and abuse of power will not be tolerated.

— Annie Doona, Chair, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board on behalf of the Board

For more information or further queries, please contact Jamie Tuohy, jamie.tuohy@irishfilmboard.ie.

Dublin Editors in Conversation with Tadhg O’Sullivan

Screen Training Ireland is delighted to support Dublin Editors In Conversation with Tadhg O’Sullivan, SONG OF GRANITE, THE GREAT WALL, THE LONELY BATTLE OF THOMAS REID, SILENCE, YXIMALLOO.

The format of the event will be a discussion with Tadhg O’Sullivan about his career to date and his work on films such as SILIENCE, SONG OF GRANITE, and THE LONELY BATTLE OF THOMAS REID.  It promises to be a fascinating insight into cutting drama and documentary.

There are a limited number of tickets available for this event. If you’re interested in attending please email dublineditors@gmail.com, Dublin Editors will be in contact to advise if you have been successful or not. Please note, only one ticket per application, and one application per person NO EXCEPTIONS.

Dublin Editors is a group for editors, in Dublin and across Ireland. It’s a place to meet, to swap ideas, to post jobs, to ask for help. For further information on this event and or Dublin Editors please visit www.dublineditors.com or follow on Facebook www.facebook.com/DublinEditors or Twitter @DublinEditors

 

EP2C Deadline Extended to November 30th

Are you a producer or a post production supervisor looking for a better understanding of the post production process?

EP2C is offering a unique 6-day workshop dedicated to the management of post-production of feature length films in the current co-production environment.

This annual workshop welcomes 22 participants, and covers technical, financial and artistic postproduction aspects. Post production supervisors & producers will be teamed up to work together on one of the main goals of the workshop: a detailed post production budget for each project. Please note that producers have to apply with an existing project.

Top-level producers and post production supervisors will coach the teams intensively during this week. After morning group sessions and individual project meetings, the afternoon is filled with international industry experts that will bring you up to speed on topics like VFX, deliverables, DCP, legal clearances and the latest workflows.

More info & application form: www.ep2c.com

Screen Leaders Announce Speaker Line Up and Schedule for the Final Module of the 2017 Programme  

Screen Leaders is the leading Strategic Company Development Programme for the Screen Industries.

The final module of the Screen Leaders 2017 programme takes place in Berlin from the 16th to the 19th of November 2017.  This final module will explore a variety of topics pertinent to strategy, company development, leadership and management in the creative industries.

Speakers and sessions for the module include:

  • Sarita Christensen, Screen Leaders Alumni 2012, who will deliver a case study on her company Copenhagen Bombay.
  • In two separate sessions, Jim Wilson, producer (Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami; You Were Never Really Here; Under the Skin; Attack the Block; The Lovely Bones; Shaun of the Dead) and Kate Ogborn, Producer (This is England; Red Riding series; Bronson; Joyeux Noel) will discuss working with talent.
  • Philipp Klausing of Berlin-based Pantaleon Films (You Are Wanted) will discuss European TV Drama, and the company’s work across production and distribution.
  • Clare Duignan – former Managing Director of RTE Radio, consultant, non-executive director for a number of businesses and board member for a number of not-for-profits – will speak about corporate governance.
  • Christophe Vidal of Natixis Coficinè and Jonathan Kelly of Philip Lee Solicitors will discuss structured finance, revenue flows and rights.
  • Organisational psychologist Maggie Van Den Heuvel will explore mindfulness in the workplace.
  • Actors and management coaches John Lovett and Caron Darwood will role play scenarios around leadership, influence and impact.

To coincide with the final module of the programme, Screen Leaders will also present a seminar for local Berlin industry on Disruption and Innovation in association with Creative Europe Desk Berlin, with Andrew Jenkinson of vStream (Ireland) and TV executive Simon Shaps (UK).

Sorcha Loughnane Programme Director of Screen Leaders said:  “We are delighted to be in Berlin for this final session, after an intensive six months of strategic and financial planning, leadership coaching, and company development.  We look forward to a practical final module that focuses on strategy execution and long-term growth for participating companies, as well as providing inspirational sessions on leading creative businesses and projects”.

The 2017 Screen Leaders participating companies are:

Speers Film, Ireland

De Mensen, Belgium

Hungarian National Film Fund, Hungary

Amour Fou, Luxembourg/Austria

Giant Animation, Ireland

Garden Films, Portugal

Calico Pictures, Ireland

Cinenord, Norway

El Zorrero Films, Ireland

Screen Leaders is supported by the Creative Europe Programme and the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann.

Masterclass with Agnès Jaoui as part of the IFI French Film Festival

Screen Training Ireland are delighted to support a masterclass with multi-award winning actress, screenwriter, director and singer, Agnès Jaoui at the Irish Film Institute on Saturday the 18th of November at 1pm.

The masterclass will be hosted by director Rebecca Daly.

Agnès Jaoui’s acting and screenwriting collaborations with former partner Jean-Pierre Bacri include Philippe Muyl’s KITCHEN WITH APARTMENT (Cuisine et dépendances, 1993); Alain Resnais’s SMOKING/NO SMOKING (1993) and SAME OLD SONG (On connaît la chanson, 1997); Cédric Klapisch’s FAMILY RESEMBLANCES (Un air de famille, 1996) . Her directing credits include THE TASTE OF OTHERS (Le Goût des autres, 2000), LOOK AT ME (Comme une image, 2004), LET’S TALK ABOUT THE RAIN (Parlez-moi de la pluie, 2008) and UNDER THE RAINBOW (Au bout du conte, 2013).

This masterclass is part of the Irish Film Institutes French Film Festival 2017 which runs from November 15th to 24th in Dublin. For further information please click here.

 

Shadow Directing Opportunity – “Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope”.

Screen Training Ireland is seeking applications from female directors with an interested in a shadow directing opportunity on upcoming production “Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope.”

Due to the nature of production the opportunity will have a fluid form but the overall objective will be to provide participants with exposure and experience in prep, shoot and post, and ultimately to help increase the number of future productions directed by female talent.

This is not a training scheme and the shadowing opportunity is not open to entry-level talent. The focus is on career advancement.

Interested candidates must have directed at least one short that has had a theatrical release or TV broadcast, and have a director or assistant director credit on at least one TV scripted drama of a minimum of 30 minutes’ duration.

To apply please email grainne.bennett@screentrainingireland.ie by Wednesday, November 8th, at 12:00 pm.

Please also supply a current CV, a link to a show reel, and a short description of why this shadow directing opportunity might be beneficial in advancing your directing career.

Image: “Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope”, Deadpan Pictures.

Industry Focused Events at the Cork Film Festival

Screen Training Ireland is excited to support FIRST TAKE and DOC DAY, two industry focused events at Cork Film Festival 2017.

FIRST TAKE | NOV 16 |11:00 | The Metropole Hotel Cork | €20
This event is aimed at  newly established film professionals, emerging filmmakers, and students of film and will include a range of interactive sessions and case studies. The day will prompt fresh thinking about the Irish filmmaking landscape, and aims to engender in participants the motivation and social and mental skills necessary to be successful as an independent filmmaker. For a full breakdown of FIRST TAKE and to book tickets click here.

DOC DAY | NOV 17 |11:00 | The Metropole Hotel Cork | €30

DOC DAY seeks to inform, inspire and connect established and emerging directors, producers and writers, with international producers, directors, programmers, sales agents, distributors, and industry leaders, to further understand and develop opportunities in the documentary landscape.

Double Academy Award-winning documentary producer Simon Chinn (SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN, MAN ON WIRE) will deliver a keynote. Simon will also present a masterclass. For a full breakdown of the DOC DAY day and to purchase tickets please click here.

Photo: THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH, The Last Photograph Limited.