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‘The WideShot Programme’ returns for its second consecutive year produced by Limerick-foudned GORM

GORM, founded in Limerick by Social Psychologist, Mamobo Ogoro, proudly presents ‘The WideShot Programme’ for its second consecutive year

Supported by community and charity partners such as Limerick West Resources, Doras and others, this talent development initiative offers workshops, training sessions, mentorship, and interactive events geared towards teaching digital storytelling and creative multimedia skills.

This programme inspires young people aged 18-25 in Ireland with a focus on nurturing talents from migrant and ethnically diverse communities.

Recognising the need for accessible pathways to education and professional development in creative industries The WideShot seeks to bridge this gap.


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Mamobo Ogoro, Founder and CEO of GORM, said, “We’re absolutely thrilled for the second year of the WideShot Programme. With a growing urgency to highlight diverse stories and unify across differences through the art of storytelling this programme is now needed more than ever.

“At GORM, our mission is to unify across differences through intercultural consultancy and engagement in the creative sector, and this programme not only enables young individuals from ethnically diverse backgrounds to tell their stories through the medium of creative media, it provides pathways for an industry that needs to truly represent contemporary Ireland.”

Generously supported by Screen Ireland’s Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth’s National Anti-Racism Fund, and the Arts Council of Ireland’s YPCE Arts Grants. Its reach extends across multiple locations such as Limerick, Galway, Dublin, and beyond.

Colman Farrell, Head of Skills and Professional Development at Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, said,

“We are delighted to support GORM for this year’s edition of the Wideshot programme. Talent and skills development are central to Screen Ireland’s strategy for supporting new and diverse creative storytelling voices. This collaborative and community-led initiative will offer young creatives from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to develop their own unique artistic vision and hone their storytelling skills for the screen. We look forward to seeing their progress and wish them all the best.”

A highlight from last year’s programme, the short film “Where The Heart Is,” directed by Fatoumata Gandega and produced by Asali Wako, was recently selected for screening at the Catalyst International Film Festival at the Belltable in Limerick.

GORM invites enthusiastic candidates to participate in its 6 part community workshops. Facilitated by hand-picked industry experts, workshops cover themes from storytelling to mobile journalism.

Participants can apply for their summer residency, the next stage of The WideShot, to enhance their learning and create a short film.

Fatoumata Gandega, a participant from last year, shared her experience, saying, “I will leave with the fact that I have a community now, people I trust, people that I want to collaborate with in the future, people that I want to see involved.”

Applicants aged 18-25, based in Limerick, Galway or Dublin and passionate about filmmaking, digital storytelling, and content creation are encouraged to sign up for The WideShot via the Participant Interest Form. No experience required. Deadline for applications is April 7th.

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