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Attention Teachers & Friends of FÍS

With great reluctance we wish to announce that, due to the on-going school closure & COVID-19 restrictions, the FÍS (Film in Schools) competition and associated annual awards ceremony will not go ahead this year.

Please note that the project will continue and our online resources are available to you here.  Please be assured that we will continue to provide support to teachers throughout 2020/2021.

The FÍS project partners, IADT & PDST TiE, wish to thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to a bigger and better FÍS Film Awards in autumn 2021!

Welcome to the FÍS Film Project

FÍS is a successful film project currently thriving in primary schools across Ireland. The initiative encourages children to explore the medium of film in the primary classroom developing essential skills in moving-image literacy, communication, teamwork, visual arts and even numeracy … oh yes, and it’s also lots of fun!

The FÍS methodology empowers teachers and children to explore the medium of film and digital media in the primary curriculum.  FÍS helps develop many different areas of the primary curriculum and in particular develops active learning, creative thinking, language, imagination, collaborative learning and problem solving skills as well as giving children hands-on experience of using creative technology as part of the film making process.

FÍS Film Project is a collaborative partnership between the Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)

Home Movies Anyone?

Let’s Have Some Fun While Learning At Home!

 

At the FÍS Film Project we would like our learners to use the current COVID-19 social distancing policy
as an opportunity to learn film-making skills for making really cool home movies! 

All you need is a mobile phone or tablet device and lots of imagination!

So, let’s have some fun and get filming!

At FÍS, we are all about making films, be it live action or animation.  We just love to see and hear that Irish primary schools engage in the film-making process.  You may have recently completed a CPD course in Digital Storytelling (film or animation) in your local Education Centre provided by our partners, the Professional Development Services for Teachers (PDST Tech in Ed Dept.), or completed one of their online CPD courses or perhaps you just want to jump straight in.  Either way you will find the teacher resources available here will support you to introduce filmmaking into your classroom.

Countdown to Competition Submission Deadline - Postponed Until 2021

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Highlights from The Helix Awards Ceremony 2019

Watch the full show reel from The Helix Awards Ceremony 2019 here

Great news! Just heard that FÍS has been shortlisted for the European MEDEA Awards 2020 - absolutely delighted!! It’s usually techpdst + myiadt doing the shortlisting! #ShoeOnTheOtherFoot 😉. MEDEA recognises and rewards best practice in production, design and teaching using media-rich learning resources. Awards will take place in October (conditions pending) at the 2020 Media & Learning Conference in Belgium. #FingersCrossed🤞. A big shout & thumbs up to all you teachers out there who have supported, engaged with and championed FÍS over the past 20 years and to those who took part in our survey to find out what resources teachers really want. #ThumbsUpToAllInvolved ...

Pre-production planning is so important in film-making! So Todays Tip from #MakeAFilmAtHome series "Develop A Good Game Plan for your film!" 1.Create scenes that use realistic locations & resources available to you. 2. Use Storyboard + Shotlist so all shots required at a location are shot in one visit - even if not in sequence. #SaveTime 3. Shoot in LANDSCAPE for a better image. 4. #ShootToEdit - Shoot the same scene from multiple camera angles so the editor can choose best shots to tell the story to best effect. #GamePlanForSuccess #ShootSmart More from the Live Action Film-making Lesson Plans at www.fisfilmproject.ie + #MakeAFilmAtHome blog series for a fast track intro to making films at home! 🔗 in the BIO! 🏡🎬🏡🎬 ...

Todays Tips from #MakeAFilmAtHome series #UsingAvailableLight 1. Outdoors - position the actor with the sun behind for a rim-around-head effect + even-lighting-on-face effect + no-squint effect! ☀️😎 2. Indoors – use existing artificial light or lamps in the room as KEY light or FILL lights. 🛋️ 3. Indoors - stand your subject by a window but be careful not to shoot directly into the window light! Learn more from the FÍS film-making resources. 🔗 in the bio! ...

Attention: Primary School Teachers. Due to ongoing school closure & in interest of Health & Safety of pupils & teachers unfortunately, and with great reluctance, the 2020 FÍS primary schools competition & awards are cancelled. #DifficultDecision Full notice on the website - link in the bio. Meanwhile the project continues, as it has done for the past 20 years, so why not checkout the Teacher Resources and start to prepare to introduce or re-introduce film-making into your classroom when the competition and awards will return #BiggerBetterfor2021 !! Watch this space. ...

Todays #MakeAFilmAtHome Tips 1. #SilenceIsGolden! 🤫Small periods of silence can add a sense of drama! 🎭 & curiosity 😮 to your film!. 2. #LessIsMore Special Visual & Sound Effects are fun to use but be careful not to overuse them as they can distract 🤨 from your story 📖. Learn More from our resources. Link in Bio! Lessons 🎬🏡 #EnhancingYourFilm #SupportingFamilies #BeatTheBoredom ...

Todays Tip: Line up all your ducks before you begin filming! ...... 1. Do a pre-shoot 'Recce' of the place or room you'll film in for suitability and Health & Safety 2. Keep Script & Storyboard to 🖐 so you stick to the original plan! 3. Keep a Continuity Log (photographs or notes or both!) to ensure consistency between scenes. Learn More about #Planning ✍️ & Pre-Production for #MakeAFilmAtHome 🎬 🏡 from our website - link in the bio! 👐 ...

Todays Tip #MakeAFilmAtHome - Q: Ever wondered why makeup is used in films? 🤔 A: #CharacterTransformations #CharacterAging #LookingThePart AlwaysGetPermissionFirst! AlwaysPatchTest4Allergies! Learn more about #Costumes #Cast #SetDesign + lots more from our live-action film-making resources 🎬 #FunFamilyFilmProject #Scary #HorrorMovie ☠️☠️☠️ ...

Todays Tip 💁‍♀️ #MakeAFilmAtHome
Interesting stories build TENSION over TIME........ Normality➡️Something Happens➡️Climax (protagonist fixes the problem!) ➡️Back To Normality. 🙈🙉🙊 Learn more about #story from our live-action film-making resources 🎬 #FunFamilyFilmProject
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Todays Tip 💁‍♀️ #MakeAFilmAtHome The main character in a story is called the PROTAGONIST, usually a heroine or hero. They often have an enemy, 😦 someone working against them, called the ANTAGONIST. Learn more about #story #characters from our live-action film-making resources 🎬 #BeatTheBoredom #FunFamilyFilmProject ...

Todays post 'The Final Cut' from #MakeFilmsAtHome series is live! #EDITING tips for your stop motion or live-action film 🎬 #EasyWhenYouKnowHow ✂️😀 #FamilyFilmProjectAnyone 🏡 #StayHomeStaySafe #MoreTipsNextWeek Happy Easter! 🐣🐰🐣🐰🐣🐰🐣🐰 BTW Link is in our BIO! ...

#MakeFilmsAtHome series Day 4! Head on over and check out todays ‘Sounds Great’ post . #SoundEffects 🐶🔔🚂 #SoundTracks 🎶 #EasyWhenYouKnowHow Supporting families #TakeOnAFamilyFilmProject 🎬 #StayHomeStayWell 🏡 #BeatTheBoredom 😒 #CreativeTechnologies Link is in our BIO 😀 ...

For all you budding stop motion & live-action film-making families with 💟 from #MakeFilmsAtHome series! Today we have ‘Get Set, Get Ready, Go’ for animation + ‘The Shoot’ for live-action. 🎬Supporting families #StayHomeStayWell 🏡 #EasyWhenYouKnowHow 😀📱👍🎥 Check out the link in our Bio 👍 ...

Oops! Apologies ...... just realised the bit.ly doesnt work in our last 2 posts 🤦‍♀️ - can find the link in our Bio! Any problems drop us a DM on here. ...

More from the #MakeFilmsAtHome 🏘️ series https://bit.ly/FÍSBlog. Today's posts: ‘Characters, Sets & Storyboards!’ for animation + ‘Set Design, Costumes & Cast’ for film. Supporting families #StayHome #StayWell #BeCreative 👩‍🎨🎨 #EasterHols 🐣🎬🎥 ...

Want to learn how to make an animation or live-action film at home? 🎬 Day 1 posts at #MakeFilmsAtHome series https://bit.ly/FÍSBlog The Illusion of Movement & What’s the Story? Supporting families #BeatTheBoredom #FunFamilyProject 🤗#StayHomeStayWell @myIADT @PDST_TechinEd ...

Is the next Bigelow, Scorsese, Chapman or Miyazaki hiding in your house? 😉 #BeatTheBoredom participate in #MakeFilmsAtHome challenge. From tomorrow we'll post to support you (& your family?) to make stop motion & live-action films. #JumpStraightIn 🎬@ArtsEdPortal_ie 🙌@myIADT (Photo by Dina Nasyrova) ...

School Closure Notice No.2 - Parents! Did you know that our website has 100+ short films made by Irish primary school children https://bit.ly/FISFilms2016to2018​ & https://bit.ly/FIS2019Film Very entertaining & educational too! Might give you a chance to hang out the washing! 👍🎬 ...

School Closure Notice 4 Parents - FÍS-is-not-just-for-school! Children can access http://bit.ly/FIS-Lessons 2 learn live-action or animated film making with interactive quizzes, sort & select, sample films + learning videos #CreativeLearning #digitalstorytelling #learn-at-home ...

Thank you Abbeyleix South NS for all the lovely cards! What a great way to start the new year! 😄
Happy New Year everyone! Here is to an exciting and creative year ahead! 🎉🎥🎞️ #fisfilm #happynewyear #2020 #digitalstorytelling #futurefilmmakers @PDST_TechinEd
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We would like to wish a very Happy Christmas to all our friends, followers, supporters and especially the teachers & their pupils; the digital storytellers & film-makers of the future. We look forward to seeing more great films from you in 2020! #fisfilmproject ...

Big shout out and Happy Christmas to our wonderful MC @imsineadkennedy who makes everything easier for @FisFilm, @PDST_TechinEd and @myIADT MA in Broadcast Production students + staff every year. Looking forward to #FÍSFilmAwards 2020! ...

Photos from 2019 FÍS Film Awards. Go to our website (link in bio) for more photos from the day and the talented winners. Also, you can watch highlights from the day from bit.ly/FIS19Highlights ...

What an amazing day the FÍS Film Awards 2019 was this year. We have lots more fabulous photos to share with you. This is just the start! Pop on over to the website too (link in bio) for more photos of the day and winners. Well done to everyone! .
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#fisfilm #fisfilmawards #fis2019 #fisfilmproject #TheHelixDublin #balloons #stars #celebration #futurefilmmakers #digitalstorytelling #PDST_TIE @myIADT
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FÍS!
#fisfilm #fisfilmproject #fisfilmawards #awards #awardshow #congratulations #talent #winners #celebration #film #filmmakers #futurefilmmakers #digitalstorytelling #watchthisspace #PDST #PDST_TechinEd #myIADT #NFS_IADT
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FÍS!
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What a fabulous day!!! It was wonderful to see all the talented pupils and their teachers in the Helix today. Congratulations to all the category winners! What a talented bunch you are! We will have lots of photos and videos in the coming days, so stay tuned!
#fisfilm #fisfilmproject #fisfilmawards #awards #awardshow #congratulations #talent #winners #celebration #film #filmmakers #digitalstorytelling #watchthisspace #PDST #PDST_TechinEd #myIADT #NFS_IADT
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FÍS Film Awards 2019 will be streamed live tomorrow, Wed 13 Nov from 12:30pm and you can watch it from the following link http://bit.ly/FIS19-Live or via our website (link in bio) ...

After months of hard work its finally ‘Go Live’ time! The new look and feel fisfilmproject.ie website is here and includes new & updated dynamic and interactive teacher resources! BTW: The countdown to FÍS Film Awards 2019 continues – only 9 days to go! #fisfilm #fisfilmproject #newwebsite #website #golive #newlookandfeel #animation #filmmaking #excited ...

Can you believe it is just 5 weeks until the 2019 #FisFilmAwards! We are already hard at work with planning & preparations, such as the voiceover for the VT inserts! #behindthescenes #countdown #fisfilmproject #futurefilmmakers #digitalstorytelling #animation
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We are thrilled to be involved with this exciting Short Film Scheme: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and IADT announce the short film funding initiative, dlr First Frames. A unique opportunity encouraging filmmakers to create exciting, dynamic & engaging screen stories. This is a great opportunity for emerging filmmakers. Interested? Then register now for next weeks information session (2 October: dlr LexIcon) Places are limited!!! See Link in Profile for more information and registration link. We hope to see you there! @dlr_arts @leodunlaoghairerathdown @myiadt ...

Notifications to FÍS 2019 entrants were sent today! Congratulations to shortlisted and highly commended schools! To those of you who were disappointed - we applaud you. Please continue to make films with your class! ...

We got creative for Cruinniú na nÓg 2019! Go to the following link
bit.ly/FISAppSmash
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#CruinniúToCreate #MyCruinniú #fisfilm #fisfilmproject #AppSmash #MakingMovieTrailers #CreativeTechnologies
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Did anyone spot us in the article from the June issue of INTOUCH Magazine? It's about our call for entries for this years FÍS Film Awards Competition. In case you haven’t heard, our Special Category this year is “Dail 100”. We are still accepting entries from primary schools all over Ireland, to submit a film no longer then 5 minutes. Read more on page 47 or check out our website www.fisfilmproject.ie. Submission deadline is fast approaching: Friday 28 June!
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#fisfilm #fisfilmproject #fisfilmawards #makeafilm #primaryschool #digitalstorytelling #futurefilmmakers #dail100 #specialcategory #seeforyourself #INTO @oireachtas_news #PDST_TechinEd
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Delighted to see more FÍS Film Entries for 2019 Awards arriving in to us! It’s not too late to enter this year’s competition! Closing date not until 28 June @ 5pm #fisfilm #fisfilmproject #makeafilm #primaryschool #digitalstorytelling #futurefilmmakers #closingdate @PDST_TechinEd ...

As part of their tour in IADT, students from St. Gerard’s Junior School, the 2018 Fís Film of the year award winners, got a preview of these amazing sea creature models. They are now on show at the Tide is Turning Exhibition at @dlrLexicon which opened yesterday. The children were very impressed with the sculptures, created by @myIADT 3D & Model-Making students, and were full of inspiration as they left!
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#fisfilm #fisfilmproject #makeafilm #primaryschool #digitalstorytelling #specialguests #inthestudio #futurefilmmakers #fisfilmawardwinners #sculpture #3dmodelmaking #myiadt
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#fisfilm #fisfilmproject #makeafilm #primaryschool #digitalstorytelling #specialguests #inthestudio #futurefilmmakers #iadt #nfs_iadt ...

It was a special treat for us today, to welcome St Gerard's School, the winners of the 2018 FíS Film of the Year award to IADT and National Film School. This is a sneak peak photo, we will post more soon, so watch this space! .
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A few more photos from the launch of FíS 2019. Gardiner Street Primary with Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD and Dr Annie Doona, President IADT.  We were there with our project partners, PDST Technology in Education, in Leinster House in April to announce 2019 FíS Film Awards Special Category: Dáil 100!

#fisfilm #PDST_TechinEd #fisfilmproject #makeafilm #primaryschool #digitalstorytelling #specialcategory #dail100
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Gardiner Street Primary in Leinster House on 11th April announcing the 2019 FíS Film Awards Special Category: Dáil 100. We are inviting primary schools to create a 5 minute film to celebrate and commemorate 100 years of Dáil Éireann.
#fisfilm #fisfilmproject #makeafilm #primaryschool #digitalstorytelling #specialcategory #dail100
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FÍS Film Awards 2019 is open for entry! Closing date 28 June 2019. We are accepting entries in lots of categories as usual and this years Special Category is 'Dail100', celebrating 100 years of Dáil Eireann!
#fisfilm #fisfilmproject #makeafilm #primaryschool #digitalstorytelling #specialcategory #dail100
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Yes, it's us! 👋 We are now on IG so we can share information, news, images and video. Follow us and find out more! .
#fisfilm #fisfilmproject #makeafilm #primaryschool #digitalstorytelling
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