Film stars of the future

THE YOUNGSTERS at Lisnafunchin National School are eagerly awaiting the annual FÍS Film Festival which will take place on November 8 in the Helix, Dublin.

THE YOUNGSTERS at Lisnafunchin National School are eagerly awaiting the annual FÍS Film Festival which will take place on November 8 in the Helix, Dublin.

This awards extravaganza celebrates primary school children’s creative thinking, imagination and teamwork through the medium of film. Lisnafunchin NS has been shortlisted for ‘CSI Lisnafunchin’. The film, produced by fifth and sixth class pupils, is a fun approach to a thriller demonstrating strong production and editing techniques.

A wide variety of films and animations have been shortlisted for this year’s festival from schools around the country. From storyboarding to post-production, the children have 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.

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. And a lucky few will even leave the Helix with a much coveted FÍS award,” she said.