Students 'Level Up' with Into Film Club Careers in the Games Industry Event
(L-R) Caoimhin O'Neil St Columb's College, Caleb Young Holy Cross College Strabane, Vicky Potts Whitepot Studios, Eavan King Nerve Centre, Katelyn Sharkey St Marys College.
Over 100 secondary schools students attended a special screening and talk at Brunswick Moviebowl as part of Into Film Club at the Nerve Centre's Careers in the Creative Industries programme.
The second in a series of events highlighting careers options in a range of creative industries including film production, animation and games, students from St Columbs' College, Holy Cross College and St Marys College heard from games creator and founder of Whitepot Studios Belfast, Vicky Potts.
Vicky spoke about her success to date in the game development industry in Northern Ireland with the formation of Whitepot Studios making PC Android and iOS games. Her first release Tubocity has since been downloaded in 35 countries worldwide.
Into Film Club in Northern Ireland, a Northern Ireland Screen schools initiative funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and managed by the Nerve Centre and Cinemagic in partnership with Into Film.
Programme Coordinator at the Nerve Centre, Eavan King said: 'We’re delighted at the level of interest shown by schools in our Careers in the Creative Industries programme and the response and interest to date has been really impressive. We're encouraging young people into the creative industries in line with the BFI Future Film Skills Action plan which has pledged to commit an additional 10,000 skilled new entrants to the industry over the next five years. The range of careers in the games industry is really exciting and can include artists, producers, audio engineers, programmers and animators.'
Teachers received an exclusive resource as well as information on CPD opportunities through Into Film at the event.
Currently delivered in over 260 schools in the region, Into Film Club is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular after schools activities.