The West Cork Fís Film Awards were held in Bantry Cinema. It was fantastic to watch our film – The Big Mistake, on the big screen, while eating popcorn. We were delighted to receive the Best Directed award and really enjoyed our day out in Bantry.
We have been very busy filming our latest F.I.S. (Films in Schools) using green Screen technology. There is no need for a “Spoiler Alert” we have been careful not to give the plot away with this post – you will just have to wait for the film release! As always it’s a huge pleasure to work with Victor Hayes of Dunmanway S.C.P. Victor takes the children’s ideas and creates a movie with no budget, using a standard camcorder, whatever props we can find, limited time but a huge film making talent and year after year produces the most wonderful movies.
The children have been really busy working on the script, story-boarding, learning lines and sourcing costumes for our latest F.I.S. Film and now its finally time for LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION. This year we will be using a green screen for the first time. For these scenes our young actors will be acting without scenery and the Director will play a vital role. The children are really interested in how this technology works and can’t wait to see the finished footage. Many thanks to Victor Hayes from the Dunmanway S.C.P. for all his help with the film.
The FÍS Film Project encourages creativity and imagination among children and their teachers in Irish primary schools. This highly successful film project explores film as a medium of expression in relation to the arts, and introduces children to many aspects of the film-making process.
As part of our celebration of International Dot Day we have created our own Dot Day video featuring the children from the Senior Room.
The children have written the script for their Fís Film and filming has begun.The FÍS Film Project is a wonderful example of a project that encourages creativity and imagination among children and their teachers in Irish primary schools. FÍS explores film as a medium of expression in relation to the arts, and introduces children to aspects of the film-making process . The project culminates each year in the annual FÍS Film Festival where 25 films are shortlisted for awards in what is essentially an “Oscars” ceremony for Irish schoolchildren. Many thanks to Victor from the S.C.P. for all his help with our short film.
This year our film for our Film in School project is called “Make School Great Again!”. It involves President Trump, Togher Castle and school!
It won an award for Best Acted Film at the FIS Day in the Teachers Centre, Dunmanway held today. Rachel and Fíonn introduced our film to the audience. We had a most enjoyable day viewing all the other films.
We were delighted to have representatives of Trend Micro visit our school today. Avril Ronan, James Maher and Mark Murray presented us with a cheque for €1,000 for winning the “What’s The Story 2017” primary competition this year.
We were delighted to be announced as the winning primary school (8-12 years) in the ‘What’s Your Story’ movie competition for our video “Access Denied” which discussed what we would change about the internet, in particular issues relating to poor broadband, cyber safety and digital age of consent. This video can be viewed on our blog.
With a record number of entries this year to Trend Micro’s video competition, we were thrilled to be announced as category winners for Primary Schools in Ireland. We really appreciated the goody bags each child who participated received which included USB sticks, highlighters and biros.
We were delighted to be announced as the winning primary school (8-12 years) in the ‘What’s Your Story’ movie competition for our video “Access Denied” which discussed what we would change about the internet, in particular issues relating to poor broadband, cyber safety and digital age of consent.
Entries to this video competition to promote online safety, What’s Your Story, have overwhelmingly demonstrated that the Irish youth understand the need for balance in their digital lives. With a record number of entries this year to Trend Micro’s video competition, we were thrilled to be announced as category winners for Primary Schools in Ireland.
Judges of the What’s your Story competition span a diverse range of companies and organisations working in the area of internet safety, media literacy, and technology from organisations like WebWise, Young Irish Film Makers, TY Ireland, ReachOut, Facebook and Twitter.
Also judging the competition, Garry McHugh, Director of Young Irish Film Makers said, “The standard of film making was excellent across the board. The young film makers showed fantastic creativity, strong storytelling and a great sense of humour thrown in. I think we are looking at the next generation of content creators and film makers of Ireland.
Our award winning video can be viewed here –