Pupils win film award

DUNDALK primary school Scoil Naisiunta Bhride in Faughart has won an award for a short film produced by the children and their teachers.

DUNDALK primary school Scoil Naisiunta Bhride in Faughart has won an award for a short film produced by the children and their teachers.

The pupils were presented with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Making for ‘Acting’ at a ceremony attended by Ireland’s new President Michael D Higgins.

President Higgins joined over 700 primary schoolchildren from all over the country to celebrate the National FÍS Film Festival in the Helix on Wednesday, November 16.

The event celebrated the five minute films produced by the children from 24 schools across the country. Each film received a coveted FÍS Award.

The 24 film awards were presented in a range of areas such as animation, acting, editing and direction. The films were chosen from hundreds of entries received from schools nationwide.

Now in its seventh year, the FÍS Film Festival is viewed by children and teachers as the Irish primary school Oscars.

“FÍS is about children and teachers working together in a highly creative and energising way. It brings out the best in all and sparks the children’s imagination and incredible ability to tell a good story,” said Anne White, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).

“Producing a film gives children a unique but immensely practical experience of using digital media and the art of film making to explore the primary curriculum.

“The FÍS methodology provides for a very inclusive way of learning. Every child has a role to play...”