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2021 Film School Network Congress

01 November 2021

The School of Informatics & Creative Arts at DkIT has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with leading European film education consortium, the Film School Network. The MoU has seen DkIT develop stronger links with education partners across Europe in the areas of film and television production.

The Film School Network (FSN), is a networking project which aims to promote the exchange of ideas and practices surrounding Film Education between film schools all around the world. The main purpose of the project is that of creating a wider, transnational knowledge around filmmaking, in order to better train the future members of the industry.

The 2021 FSN Congress consisted of a series of panels, screenings, and conferences, featuring film school professionals who shared their knowledge and experiences of teaching filmmaking during a global pandemic. They also compared methods and discussed their underlying philosophies and the challenges they are facing.

This year’s congress took place in Lucca, Italy, from October 8-10, and was attended by DkIT Lecturers Lorcan Dunne and Dr Eamonn Crudden. Dr Crudden chaired the ‘Challenges for the Future of Film Education’ panel and Lorcan chaired ‘Practical Teaching During a Global Pandemic.’

Two DkIT short films were also screened, produced as part of the industry-standard short film module in third year, delivered by producer and director, Sarah McCann. ‘High Society’ and ‘Martians from the Planet Jupiter’ received very positive feedback from film Professors and Deans working in some of the most prestigious filmmaking institutes in Europe.

Dr Eamonn Crudden had this to say about the 2021 FSN Congress,

The gathering was mind-expanding! It was very interesting to exchange notes with people from very established film schools.

Cinematography Lecturer, Lorcan Dunne, continued,

Many of these film schools are over 60 years in existence, the BA Hons in Film and Television Production is a young course, but the work the students are producing in DkIT is able to compete on the world stage. I am always inspired and revitalised after the FSN Congress.

The  BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production course is delivered by highly respected professionals, using industry-standard equipment. The course is designed specifically to prepare graduates for the workplace and to advance their skills to the highest level. The course is an Avid Learning Partner and Blackmagic Design Training Partner, a world leader in Digital Cinema Cameras and Post Production software/hardware.

For more information about DkIT’s partnership with Film School Network or its participation at the FSN Congress, please contact Cinematography Lecturer for the BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production, Lorcan Dunne (

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