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Awards for Primary School Film Producers

Kilkenny Education Centre hosted an awards ceremony for Carlow and Kilkenny Primary schools recently in The Set Theatre. The films, which were written, directed, filmed and edited by children spanned a range of genres including Mystery, Action, Adventure, Real Life Drama and Comedy. Willie McTiernan, the Co-Ordinator of the FÍS Project in Kilkenny Education Centre, praised the hard work and commitment of teachers and pupils involved in the Project.

FÍS is a 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 by the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire but was subsequently rolled out to all schools nationwide with the support of the Department of Education and Skills and PDST Technology in Education. It has been facilitated in local schools by Kilkenny Education Centre for over twelve years now.

Margaret Maxwell, the new Director of Kilkenny Education Centre spoke about the powerful learning for children who participate in the Project, who develop essential skills in film making but also in literacy, communication and teamwork.

The films screened were:

  • St. Brendan's N.S., Newmarket, The Famous Five and the Kidnapped Boy
  • S.N. Móin Ruadh, The Móin Ruadh Mystery
  • Scoil Chiaráin Naofa, Stoneyford, School Alone
  • Newtown Dunleckney N.S., Bagenalstown, From Star Wars to Fairyland
  • Lisnafunchin N.S., The BabyMeiser 1000 and Prison Break
  • Scoil Mhuire N.S., Gowran, Stranded

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Gary McHugh, Young Irish Filmmakers, viewed the films and presented awards to the schools in a variety of categories. Gary awarded mini Oscars and clapperboards to the schools in categories such as Soundtrack, Animation, Use of Green Screen and Special Effects.

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