FÍS Film Festival 2010


FÍS 150x100 imageThe National FÍS Film Festival took place today (Wednesday, 3rd November 2010) in the Helix at Dublin City University. The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, was in attendance to award the overall winners, St Aiden's NS, Sligo with the Aileen MacKeogh Award. The winning film was entitled “Awful Arabella”. In addition to this, award-winn ing producer Cathal Gaffney, from Brown Bag Films, also presented twenty-five other awards to the children. RTE’s popular children’s presenter, Sinead Kennedy hosted the event. Awards were presented to schools to celebrate their outstanding film achievements in areas such as animation, acting, editing and direction. Over eight hundred children and their teachers from all over Ireland attended the event.
Children in schools throughout Ireland participated in FÍS by writing, directing and producing their own films in a wide variety of genres including comedy, drama, history, horror, documentary and scannáin as Gaeilge freisin. Great excitement was created in local communities as screenings were organised in local cinemas. From the many submitted films, twenty-five schools were selected for their outstanding achievements to participate in the National FÍS Film Festival.
Commenting on the National FÍS Film Festival, Anne White, National Coordinator with the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE), said, “FÍS truly is a visionary approach to learning. It inspires children to let their imagination and creativity take control and gives the opportunity to bring their ideas to life in their films. The use of digital video allows them to explore the art of film-making in the most meaningful way possible.”
This is the sixth year the National FÍS Film Festival celebrates outstanding film achievements by primary school children. FÍS is managed by the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE) in collaboration with the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT).



Please note: Anne White, National Coordinator of the National Centre for Technology in Education is available for interview on 087 293 1628.
A DVD of produced films is available upon request. Additionally a selection of films can be viewed at:
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Paul Allen: 087-2575700 / 01-6769575
Shane McKenna: 086-0305452 / 01-6769575
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FIS Film Festival 2010 National Press Release