North West Youth Film Festival

Free film screenings in Derry and Letterkenny

This year’s May bank holiday weekend sees the first North West Youth Film Festival taking place in the Nerve Centre in Derry and the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.

Launched as a joint venture of both organisations, the NWYFF is the region’s first dedicated youth film festival. It provides a platform for young filmmakers to showcase their work, enjoy a range of international youth screenings and to see a choice of feature films selected by young people from both areas.

Festival organiser, Adele Smyth, said: 'The festival aims to show talent from both areas and give young people here a chance to work together both in the filmmaking process before the festival and in actually running the festival. We hope to have more filmmaking projects in the near future.'

Young filmmakers from all over the North West will be screening their work alongside some of the best international youth films made in the last year. The festival will also include a range of films from Moving Image Arts students, specially commissioned local filmmakers and the 1st Light projects.

Smyth adds: 'NWYFF is vitally important in the North West as young filmmakers need a platform to show their work. With any creative endeavour, it's hard for both the filmmaker to get an opportunity for a showcase and it's hard for the general public to find places which will screen young talent locally.

'The international shorts will give young people from both localities a chance to see what young people in other countries are making and how they are similar and different to our own.'

The festival boasts a range of educational screenings as well as a selection of feature films. The Nerve Centre Youth panel have chosen some classic youth and teen films from the 80s, 90s and 00s, starting with the John Hughes 1980s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. All screenings are free of charge.

For enquiries or to volunteer at this year’s festival, please contact the Festival Coordinator Adele Smyth on 028 7126 0562 or For more information on this year’s festival go to or Facebook or you can pick up one of the festival programmes.