Opportunity for an experienced filmmaker documenting the voluntary contribution during Covid


The Clare Children and Young People’s Services Committee is committed to supporting young people in Clare to be active citizens and encourages ways agencies and local communities support young people to do this at a local level. According to an Ipsos MRBI statistics commissioned by Volunteer Ireland, three-quarters of the population volunteered their time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Among this group were many young people under the age of 25 who reached out to help the national effort. Some did this by virtue of being members of organisations such as the Irish Red Cross, Macra na Feirme or through their schools. Many others did it in an unofficial capacity by taking it upon themselves to give up their time to help others through simple activities such as cutting the neighbours grass , checking in on an elderly neighbour once in a while, or helping out other young people who themselves were struggling during the pandemic; small gestures that meant a huge amount.

The Stepping Up project aims to document the experiences of a number of young people in Co. Clare during the Covid pandemic who stepped up to the challenges the county was presented with. The project will use a documentary film format to capture their stories and celebrate their efforts as well as talk to the people that were recipients of their efforts. As well as the activities of formally registered youth volunteers, the project also wants to capture the informal random acts of kindness young people have done under the radar for someone else. The project is a positive celebration of altruism which young people at the heart of it.

The Clare CYPSC and its partner organisations are inviting treatment submissions from suitably experienced film makers to produce and direct this project from conception to completion. Assistance will be provided to the successful candidate(s) regarding recruitment of the young participants ( aged 16-24), consent for their participation and possible venues in Co. Clare. Garda vetting of the successful candidate will also be undertaken. The length of the film is not to exceed 10 minutes. The treatment should outline the following:

  • A breakdown of the pre and post production plan and budget to the value of €6,500 ( including VAT). Cost should include cinematographer, editor, transport, musical score, equipment lenses, sound etc. Recruitment of all crew required for the project will be the responsibility of the successful candidate(s)
  • Proposed week by week timeline for completion of the project from August – December 2021
  • Examples of film work to date and experience of producing high quality projects with young people.
  • Please include a copy of your T-Can number for tax purposes.
  • Insurance cover showing at least 6.5M Public Liability for the relevant activities.
  • Distribution rights and ownership of the final product rests with the Clare Children and Young People’sServices Committee.

Connected, Respected and Engaged Subgroup Members:
Clare Volunteer Centre, Clare Youth Service, Clare Local Development Company, Clare Immigrant Support Centre,
Killaloe/Ballina Family Resource Centre; LCETB, Clare County Council

A shortlist of candidates will be called for interview ( mid-July). All distribution rights to the film will be retained by the funder. Submissions and queries to Closing date for submissions: 5pm, Friday, 9th July