Intinn Youth Film & Mental Health Outreach Programme

Building on the success of Cork International Film Festival’s unique Illuminate film and mental health strand, Cork International Film Festival has created a new outreach programme for young people called Intinn meaning ‘mind’ or ‘way of thinking’ in Irish, which will offer 2000 Transition Year students across Munster a programme of curated film screenings, participative workshops and resources, exploring themes of mental health and wellbeing. Intinn is one of only thirty projects which has been awarded funding by Creative Ireland National Creativity Fund. Intinn is funded by ESB Energy for Generations Fund and programme delivery is supported by The Gate Cinemas, UCC School of Nursing and Midwifery, Jigsaw Cork, and Wildcard Distribution.

The Intinn pilot events took place in The Gate Cinemas on the 10th and 11th of September 2019, coinciding with World Suicide Prevention Day. 300 Transition Year students from schools throughout Cork City and County had the opportunity to see ‘I Used to Live Here’, an Irish feature film by award-winning director Frank Berry about a 13 year old girl which sensitively deals with her experiences youth suicide clusters in her area and her efforts to cope with grief, relationships, bullying and poverty. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Director Frank Berry (‘Michael Inside’ / ‘Ballymun Lullaby’) to offer young people insights into the filmmaking process and the themes the film explores. A team of mental health professionals from UCC School of Nursing and Midwifery and Jigsaw Cork then invited students to participate in workshops to explore and understand their own wellbeing and resilience skills, inspired by the themes and characters in the film.

The Intinn programme will be rolled out to schools throughout Munster, in Cork, Limerick, Kerry and Waterford in 2020.