Film Workshops

Film workshops aim to develop young film makers working together to create original short films, animations and explore various film genre. Young people are enabled to make their own short films and are supported to participate in Film Festivals dedicated to young film makers.

Film workshops are run by Heather Troy Whelan, who is a well known Waterford based Film Maker, Audio Expert and Musician. 

Heather takes the participants through all aspects of film using industry standard equipment. It is a lot of hard work but the rewards and the experience can sometimes ignite students' interest into a career they never thought possible or at the very least, enjoy this new experience.

Film workshop sessions cover everything from Storyboarding, Script development, Camera, Sound, Direction, Costume, Location, SFX, Green Screen, Animation and always while using wildly imaginative ideas and creativity.

Due to Covid 19 and the phase five lockdown all workshops will be limited to six young people per workshop in line with current DCYA guidelines.    


Film costs €45 per term.

There are discounts for more than one family member. If any child has difficulty paying the fee, please talk with the office team about our bursary scheme.

Workshop Schedule


9 - 11 and 12 - 14 years: (Combined workshop): 4.30 pm - 6 pm
15 - 19 years:  6.30 pm - 8.00 pm (Group 1)


15-19 years: 6.30 pm - 8 pm (Group 2)

Places are limited, so a deposit of €20 will be required to ensure placement. Places are first come first serve, book early to avoid disappointment.

For Further Information: WYA, The Arch Barrack Street,
Tel. 051 - 879377


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Stills from Waterford Youth Arts Film Unit productions

Dark Matter (2016/drama) 

The End of Fairyland (2016/animation)

All Laced Up (2018/Coming of Age)
The Magic Coral (2018/Science Fiction)

Finalist Fresh Film Festival Young Film Maker of the Year 2017 and 2019