Young film stars win national award

YOUNGSTERS at Lisnafunchin National School have scooped the accolade of Outstanding Achievement in Film Making for Editing at the annual FÍS Film Festival in the Helix, Dublin last Thursday.

YOUNGSTERS at Lisnafunchin National School have scooped the accolade of Outstanding Achievement in Film Making for Editing at the annual FÍS Film Festival in the Helix, Dublin last Thursday.

Their film ‘CSI Lisnafunchin’ was produced by fifth and sixth class pupils, and judges described it as a fun approach to a thriller demonstrating strong production and editing techniques.

A wide variety of films and animations were shortlisted for this year’s festival from schools around the country. From storyboarding to post-production, the children developed, directed and starred in these original short films. The FÍS Film Festival is a fantastic showcase of the creative and ingenious use of digital media in the classroom and celebrates primary school children’s creative thinking, imagination and teamwork through the medium of film. Now in its 8th year, the festival is one of the most anticipated dates in the primary school calendar. Awards will be presented in several categories including acting, directing, animation, adaptation, editing, special effects, soundtrack and production design.

Commenting on this year’s FÍS Film Festival, Karin Whooley, PDST Technology in Education, said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of films submitted, there was a 100% increase in the number of entries compared to last year and the standard of the films impressed all the judges.”

“FÍS gives children the opportunity to use digital technologies to support their learning across a range of curricular areas including literacy development and assessment. It also provides the opportunity to develop social skills such as working together and respecting the abilities and opinions of their peers. This learning process culminates in a high quality short film that schools can be proud of,” he said.