Talented filmmakers from Nemeton TV and South East Technological University (SETU) celebrated the culmination of their year-long efforts with a special premiere of their films, documentaries and dramas.

The students shared their compelling creations with the world at a lively premiere at Dungarvan’s cinema on Tuesday, 14 May.

Reflecting on the premiere, Dr Moira Sweeney, Course Director, said, “The support of family, friends, and participants is invaluable for the students when making their short films. I would like to acknowledge especially the immense experience and specialist mentoring that our dedicated team of lecturers in Nemeton and SETU provide.”

Run by SETU in collaboration with Nemeton TV and Udarás na Gaeltachta, the award-winning Higher Diploma in Arts in Television and Media Production course stands out for its industry-focused curriculum and impressive graduate employment record.

Stressing the importance of the course, Irial Mac Murchú, Nemeton TV CEO, said, “There was another fascinating range of compelling films on show this year. These emerging bi-lingual filmmakers are entering an industry, which very much needs their skills. Táimid fíor-bhuíoch as an dtacaíocht leanúnach ó Údarás na Gaeltachta chun an obair thábhachtach seo a dhéanamh.”

Several filmmakers have already received awards, while others are set to showcase their work at festivals nationwide and on TG4. Dr Susan Flynn, Head of Department at SETU, praised the quality and originality of the films: “It is so important for these filmmakers to have such a supportive environment in which they can thrive. The emphasis on creativity in this programme is wonderful.”

Susan Ní Churnáin from Oifigeach Forbartha, Údarás na Gaeltachta highlighted the importance of the work by saying, “Bhí, mar is gnáth, ard-chaighdeán bainte amach ag rannpháirtithe an chúrsa Ard Dioplóma i Léiriú Teilifíse agus na Meán arís i mbliana. Treaslaím libh uilig as an obair iontach atá á dhéanamh agus bhí an rian sin le feiscint go smior san ábhar a cuireadh os comhair an phobail i nDún Garbhán. Ócáid fíor thaithneamhach agus spéisiúil.”