Last chance to create a FÍS film

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The closing date for entries for 2015 is 30th June at 5pm.


The Fís film project deadline is fast approaching but there is still time to create and submit your film. This year there are two additional categories of film marking the Decade of Centenaries and the Active School Flag projects. If you are in need of some last minute inspiration check previous year’s winners in the Film Archive and remember there are some excellent teacher resources that include video tutorials, teacher’s diary and action research.

FÍS is a highly successful film project for primary schools that explores film as a medium of expression in relation to the arts, and introduces children to aspects of the film-making process. It was originally set up as a pilot project in 28 schools by Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire but was subsequently rolled out to all schools nationwide with the support of the Department of Education and Skills and the NCTE (now known as PDST Technology in Education).

The event culminates in the annual FÍS Film Festival in November each year in The Helix, DCU when awards are handed out to all the finalists, including the main "The Aileen MacKeogh Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Making", which was won last year by Behy National School, Ballina, Co. Mayo (for their film "The Battle Of Ardnaree") and Carrigaline Educate Together National School, Kilnagleary Carrigaline, Co. Cork (for their film "Power Out).

The closing date for entries for 2015 is 30th June at 5pm. All entries must be accompanied by an official Submission Form. Entries can be submitted here.

Are you considering making a FÍS film for the first time? Take a look at these tutorials to get you started.

FÍS is very much about the children being at the centre of the film-making process and, as their teacher, you’re expected to guide them. Read Anne Moriarty’s A Teacher’s Diary to get a sense of what’s involved. In terms of CPD, teachers can avail of the FÍS Interactive Online Course in the first instance. This is a very well designed course that outlines all the skills and activities involved in making a film with the emphasis being on the children being the creators/doers. You can also approach your Local Education Centre and ask if any face-to-face support sessions are taking place in your locality. If you know of other teachers in your school who are interested in FÍS and considering implementing it in their classrooms, PDST Technology in Education can fund a tutor to deliver a whole school ICT training session (a minimum of 10 participants is required).

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