Intinn Youth Film & Mental Health Programme and UCC Research Study


Building on the phenomenal success of Cork International Film Festival’s Intinn, our film and mental health programme for Transition Year and Senior Cycle students delivered online to classrooms nationwide, we are delighted to offer once again the opportunity to Transition Year and Senior Cycle students to participate this spring.  As part of this year’s Intinn, students and teachers also have the opportunity to contribute to an important new Research Project, conducted by our Partner, UCC, which focuses on young people’s well-being. The Intinn programme is running 26th April – 7th May.

Intinn offers students a unique three-part mental health and wellbeing programme. The programme includes a screening of award-winning Irish film I Used to Live Here (pictured above) specially selected for the Intinn programme and researched with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. The film follows the story of Amy Keane, a 13-year-old who is trying to cope with the death of her mother and the loss of young people in her local community through suicide.

The screening is followed by an exclusive Q&A with director Frank Berry, rising star Jordanne Jones and Youth Mental Health Advocate Dr Tony Bates. The Q&A is followed by a wellbeing webinar with Johnny Goodwin, UCC School of Nursing, which enables students to explore the film’s themes of bullying, isolation, relationships, suicide and resilience, to build their awareness of local support services through classroom-based activities.

As part of the accompanying UCC Research Study, students will also complete a Pre-Intinn survey, a Post-Intinn Survey, and will be offered the opportunity to engage in focus group research after the programme. The overall aim of this study is to explore the impact of Intinn on students and teachers, and it is an extraordinary opportunity to gather essential research on the effects of this flagship education programme, the results of which will contribute to the Report by UCC. The Report may be included in research journals and presented at academic conferences in future, leading, we hope, to greater awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues and support for young people.

‘Intinn’, meaning ‘mind’ or ‘way of thinking’, offers students the opportunity to explore themes of mental health and personal wellbeing through the accessible medium of film, an exclusive Q&A and a wellbeing webinar, with classroom resources. Following a successful pilot programme in Cork on World Suicide Prevention Day 2019, in which over 300 students took part, in November 2020 Cork International Film Festival offered the programme to students nationwide, engaging with 4,000 students and teachers across Ireland. This programme is presented with the support of Creative Ireland, Rethink Ireland and ESB Energy for Generations Fund.

Cork International Film Festival was shortlisted in the 2021 Business to Arts Awards for its Intinn and Illuminate programmes. ESB Energy for Generations Fund and Cork International Film Festival were nominated in the Best Small Sponsorship and Best Use of Creativity in the Community, supported by Irish Life categories along with partners Creative Ireland, Rethink Ireland and UCC School of Nursing and Midwifery for CIFF’s Illuminate and Intinn programmes. CIFF was also shortlisted for the Judges’ Special Recognition Award supported by Accenture for our partnerships with The Gate Cinemas, ESB Energy for Generations Fund, Creative Ireland, Rethink Ireland and UCC School of Nursing and Midwifery.The Business To Arts Awards recognise outstanding examples of artists, arts organisations and businesses that work together in areas such as sponsorship, commissioning, staff training and events, CSR initiatives, philanthropy and community engagement.