Award winning directors, crew and cast will be in Kenmare County Kerry for the Moonstone International Filmmakers' Lab.

Six young filmmakers are getting the chance of a lifetime to improve their craft on a special three week residential course to be held in Kenmare. The filmmakers were selected from throughout Europe and have the chance to shoot and edit scenes with professional crews and actors.

Professional advisors from the world of film have gathered to nurture the talents of young Irish filmmakers.

British director John Irvin, famous for films such as 'The Dogs of War' ‘Hamburger Hill’ ‘Robin Hood’ and ‘Widow’s Peak’ is one of the many professionals giving his expertise to the event.

I think make movies is the most privileged existence imaginable.

American Director Andy Wolk, with credits such as the hit TV show ‘The Sopranos’ is also lending his expertise to the event. He is very complimentary about the scripts and says the challenge is in the execution.

Managing Director of the lab Claire Scally explains the objective behind the event.

The idea is to give up and coming directors the opportunity to try out their films.

Moonstone International was set up by writer producer John McGrath in consultation with the Sundance Institute founded by Robert Redford.

John McGrath says

The main objective of Moonstone is to help them make better pictures.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 20 November 2000. The reporter is Colm Connolly.