Guaranteed Irish schools initiative matches TY students with local businesses
On Wednesday, 29th March 2017, Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD launched the Guaranteed Irish video competition at Loreto College, 53 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. The initiative matches Transition Year students and local businesses, with the aim to produce creative videos profiling businesses at community level.
Commenting at the launch, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, Brid O’Connell said: “Today we are really excited to announce details of the Guaranteed Irish video competition, where we are calling on Transition Year students to make a short video about local businesses in their community.
“We hope that the competition gets Transition Year students involved with their locality, and most importantly that they meet with local businesses. There are some terrific prizes for the winning school with a brand new website and film training up for grabs – so we would encourage schools right across Ireland to get involved.”
The initiative is part of a programme of Guaranteed Irish public engagement activities aimed at attracting new members, raising the profile of existing members, and encouraging the wider public to support companies that contribute positively to Ireland’s economy and society.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Bruton TD said:
“I am delighted to launch this Guaranteed Irish video competition. This is an excellent opportunity for Transition Year students to learn both about business and enterprise in their local communities and also to enhance their education in film studies. I wish the very best of luck to all students involved in the competition and I hope that students will feel engaged with the businesses in their communities.”
Transition Year students across the country are invited to create a short video of a Guaranteed Irish Business in their community. Entries will be judged on: originality, creativity, plot, pacing, structure, direction, writing (where applicable), entertainment value and overall quality of production.
Entries will be submitted between Tuesday, 2nd May and Friday, 5th May via a Dropbox account to Guaranteed Irish. A shortlist of eight videos will be selected for the judging panel and announced on Friday May 11th. The winning school will be announced on Monday 22nd May.
Members of the judging panel include: Stefanie Pressier, Screenwriter, Playwright and Actor; Elaine Geraghty, CEO Screen Producers Ireland (SPI); Garry McHugh, Director, Young Irish Film Makers; Shane Byrne, CEO Showoff; Maser, Artist and Guaranteed Irish Hero; and Brid O’Connell, CEO, Guaranteed Irish.
The winning school will receive a website designed and developed by Showoff along with a workshop on app development for Transition Year students. The winning school will also receive a 3 day workshop in film making from Young Irish Film Makers.