Professional Development Workshops

for Film and Screen Industry 


Offaly County Council Arts Office (FilmOffaly), in collaboration with Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board (LOETB), is pleased to announce the introduction of two new Professional Development Workshop Series for the Film and Screen Industries for autumn/winter 2020.

Have you ever wanted to work in film? Are you finding it difficult getting your foot in the door of the screen industry? Do you know how to find production roles that match your skills? Have you tried applying for screen industry roles? Are you already working in production but hoping to develop your own creative projects as a writer, producer or director?

These are just some of the subjects that will be covered on the Working in Film and Writing for Screen Industries online workshops. Both workshops are being provided to help equip entrants into the Film and TV industries with the key skills and supports necessary to understand the variety of jobs available, expectations of department roles, the essential skills required to work on production, and the skills necessary to develop, work and collaborate successfully on creative projects. For those already in film the workshops will endeavour to provide further insight and training into the industry.


Working in Film is a series of six online workshops running on Wednesday evenings from September 23rd.  The course will provide practical advice on job roles and opportunities within the film industry, working-on-set etiquette, creative collaboration, managing freelance careers, working regulations and legal issues for the industry, along with specific advice for those seeking funding for their own projects.  

This programme will be delivered by industry experts with a wide array of guest speakers and panelists and is facilitated by Alan Fitzpatrick, an experienced filmmaker, tutor and project consultant. He has a wide and varied background in film and media production, having worked as a producer, production manager, post production supervisor and multimedia developer. In addition to working on over 65 film and television productions Alan has supervised the funding and production of over 100 film projects including many by first-time filmmakers.


Writing for Screen

This online workshop series runs across five Wednesdays beginning on November 11th. These workshops will support writers of natural talent with unique and original voices by providing them with an insight into writing for Film, Television and Screen media and an overview of the film industry from a writer’s perspective.

The seminars explore the craft and skills necessary to create compelling, engaging and contemporarily-relevant screen narratives. They delve into the narrative, discuss genre roles, diversity of culture and how, once complete, to submit scripts for funding. The seminars are designed to give clear and practical advice which will help guide writers to develop their own projects with an enhanced understanding of both screen writing technique and current industry practice. 

This course is facilitated by Helen Flanagan, an experienced mentor and script writer for film and radio. She has written numerous short dramas that have been funded and produced, as well as documentary, factual and children’s television series. Helen has worked in factual and TV documentary and on international series with broadcasters like RTE, TG4, UTV, Smithsonian etc.

Both programmes are aimed at people who possess the commitment, motivation and genuine desire to work in the screen industries. These courses are provided by FilmOffaly, in collaboration with LOETB, as part of their joint commitment to supporting film in the region. Eligible applicants may apply to take part in either programme.



To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be over 18 years of age

  • Be living in, or born in, Laois or Offaly



Both courses are fully funded but spaces are limited. Booking is essential.



Working in Film –Wednesdays 7.00 – 8.30pm (23rd & 30th Sept 14th, 21st & 28th Oct & 4th Nov),

Writing for Film – Wednesdays 7.00pm – 8.30pm (11th, 18th & 25th Nov & 2nd and 9th Dec)

All workshops will be delivered online via Zoom platform.


Further Information

To book and/or gain further details please contact:

Jolene Hall Enterprise, LOETB Engagement Officer M: 085 2539167 E:

Aideen Poole, LOETB Enterprise Engagement Officer M: 087 177 7879 E:

Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae,

Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Phone: 057 935 7400


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