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West's awake as budding directors set for workshop

THE west has been something of a hotbed for the film industry in recent years, and that trend will continue with a host of award-winning directors heading to Connemara to take part in the Greasan na Mean Skillnet.

The course claims to represent a "growing core of the various media industries predominantly based in the West of Ireland" and apparently has identified media training needs that can be best addressed through an "innovative and collaborative approach to training". One of these training courses is 'Sceal'.

Following the success of previous courses, the Sceal initiative will host a week-long directors' workshop.

The course provides an opportunity for six novice directors to develop new pieces of work under the tutelage of experts in drama direction. On completion of the workshop, each director will have the chance to make their short films throughout May and June for broadcast on TG4 later in the year.

Among those giving the course will be award-winning directors Declan Recks ('Pure Mule') and 'Shameless' director Dearbhla Walsh.

Greasan na Mean Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd supported through the National Training Fund by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

For more information about Greasan na Mean and available courses visit www.greasannamean.ie.

Irish Independent