FÍS Film Festival 2011

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Film in Schools www.fisfestival.com

16 November 2011

700 children celebrate the “FÍS” Oscars with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, at the FÍS FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS 2011

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, will join over 700 primary schoolchildren from all over the country to celebrate the National FÍS Film Festival with in the Helix on 16 November, 2011. The event will celebrate the five minute films produced by the children from 24 schools across the country.  Each film will receive a coveted FÍS Award, and the ceremony will also see one school being presented with the Aileen MacKeogh Award for outstanding achievement in film-making by primary school children.

The FÍS Film Festival is viewed by children and teachers as the Irish primary school Oscars, and now in its 7th year is firmly established as a very exciting date in the primary school calendar.  As the films are imagined and produced by the children and their teachers, it’s a genuine celebration of the immense creativity and innate imagination of Irish schoolchildren.

The 24 film awards will be presented in a range of areas such as animation, acting, editing and direction. The 24 films have been chosen from hundreds of entries received from schools nationwide.

Commenting at the FÍS Film Festival, Anne White, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), said: “FÍS is about children and teachers working together in a highly creative and energising way. It brings out the best in all and sparks the children’s imagination and incredible ability to tell a good story. Is rud iontach domsa bheith i measc páistí lán le samhlaíocht agus spioraid – ár dTodhchaí.”

White added: “Producing a film gives children a unique but immensely practical experience of using digital media and the art of film making to explore the primary curriculum. The FÍS methodology provides for a very inclusive way of learning. Every child has a role to play e.g. directing, make-up, camera, sound, editing and acting.  It really helps children to develop and progress essential skills in language development, communication, teamwork, problem solving, creative thinking, investigation and in digital media. Above all, FÍS is fun. Children learn in a way which stimulates their thinking and captures all that is wonderful in their hearts and minds.”




For further information please contact:-

Anne White – 087- 2931628


Notes to the editor:-

FÍS is an initiative of the Department of Education and Skills that is rolled out by the NCTE in collaboration with IADT and the NCCA.  It uniquely brings together education 1st and 3rd level as the primary school children produce the films and the 2nd year IADT students are wholly responsible for the broadcasting of the films at the National FÍS Festival in the Helix on November 16th, 2011.

The FÍS methodology empowers teachers and children to explore the medium of film and digital media in the primary curriculum.  FÍS helps develops many different areas of the primary curriculum and in particular develops creative thinking, language, imagination, teamwork and problem solving skills as well as giving children hands-on experience of using technology as part of the film making process.  A selection of films nominated can be viewed at: www.fisfestival.com.  


FÍS Film Festival 2011 Press Release