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 FÍS Film Awards 2021

Notifications re. the outcome of the FÍS Film Awards competition have been sent

to all schools who entered.

Please check your INBOX for notifications.

 

Congratulations to all who were shortlisted for the 2021 awards ceremony!

 

We wish to thank all those who entered, and commend the high standard of films received. 

 

Well done to ALL who made films and entered, especially in light of Covid-19 challenges.

Please continue to engage in film making in your school.

We sincerely wish you better luck next time.

Primary Webinar

FÍS and Film-making in the Primary Classroom

 

 

Watch the Webinar Recording Here

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)

FÍS Film Project – finalist in the 2020 MEDEA Awards

 

After 20 years of the www.fisfilmproject.ie it was a huge honour for FÍS to be a shortlisted finalist in this years’ 2020 European MEDEA Awards. The awards took place on Wednesday 28 October 2020. FÍS was awarded 2nd place in the audience vote award and the success can be attributed in no small way to the support of principals, teachers, teacher educators and PDST professionals across the country.

 

MEDEA awards seek to bring to the forefront inspirational activities and teachers in the educational community. The project was shortlisted because the judges recognised excellence in the production and design of media-rich learning resources, innovation and good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics & animation) in education. Competition was tough with six other shortlisted entries from across Europe; the University of Bern, Switzerland, University College Dublin, Dublin, University of Granada, Spain, University of Porto, Portugal, University of Science and Technology, Norway and the Open University, UK. It was a fantastic achievement for FÍS to be a finalist for the prestigious award as it celebrates and acknowledges how FÍS supports teachers to realise the curriculum in an interesting and interactive way. The repository of films on this website, made in Irish primary schools, shows how creativity combined with technology, influences how children learn, makes learning meaningful and highlights the richness of its impact.medea logo

At FÍS, we are all about making films, be it live action or animation.  We just love to see and hear that Dept. of Educaction designated 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.

Highlights from The Helix Awards Ceremony 2019

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

Today is the DAY! The results notifications have been sent to all entrants to the 2021 FÍS Film Awards competition. Please check your INBOX. If you entered more than one film you may have more than one email from us if results varied across your entries! Take heart if your schools film didn’t get shortlisted or Highly Commended…. There’s always next year #DifficultDecisions #ToughCompetition Well done to all who made and entered films this year, especially in light of the pandemic related challenges faced by school communities across the country #resilient #resourceful #creative #amazing #imaginative #educational #technology #FUN 👍👏🎬 ...

There's just one more week left for primary schools to enter their films into the national annual FÍS Film Awards competition. So if you want your class to have a chance to be shortlisted for the 2021 FÍS Film Awards and become part of the FÍS Hall of Fame with all the other
award winning films over the past 21 years then enter before closing date June 30th 2021 5pm. You can enter online
at the COMPETITION page...... as always, link is in the BIO!

If your new to FÍS and need some tips to help you edit to the Final Cut - then visit the website and check out our Lesson on EDITING in the TEACHER RESOURCES Section or simply view the EDITING video tutorial also at the website. There is still time to get it done - one more week to go to the deadline!

BTW we love to see newcomers as well as welcoming back our long standing champions of FÍS film making in primary schools all across the Republic of Ireland. Big thanks to those who have already entered - I can already see the judging panel will have it's work cut out for it! 👏🎬🎦
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Have you heard about the national primary schools FÍS Film Awards competition? Or want to revisit our recent online webinar recording? Or simply want to refresh your memory on how to make films + animation for the 2021 competition with your pupils? Then head on over to the website, link in the BIO! and tap into our open access large bank of teacher resources: videos, lessons, sample award winning films + rules & guidelines + brief.

Children learn so much from the film making process so why not let the magic happen in your classroom.
#TeachingCreatively
#TeachingForCreativity
#TechnologyEnhancedLearning
#TechnologyBasedCreativity
#FutureFoundations
and what's more, children have a lot of FUN while learning! ⬇️
CLOSING DATE: June 30th 2021 5pm. Online entry at the website. Thanks to those who've already entered.
BTW: We've come of age! The FÍS film project has been running for 21 years now! @techpdst @myiadt
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Well done to the primary schools who have already sent their entries in to us for this years FÍS Film Awards 2021! #EarlyBird 👍

No doubt there are more teachers out there interested in making a short film or animation (up to 5 minutes max.) with your class. You’ll find plenty of support at the FÍS website (link in the bio!). Teacher resources include, a series of lessons that your pupils can work through, with your facilitation, in both film and stop motion animation making, more than 100 films made in primary schools in Ireland by way of example and inspiration, as well as video tutorials to take you and your pupils through from Story Ideas to the Final Cut!

The competition closes on June 30th 2021 at 5pm, guidelines, rules & judging criteria are all available at the website. Thanks so much to Mr. Dwyer and pupils @stgerardssch for helping us to launch this years call after our Covid-19 hiatus last year. #WeAreBack
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Hope all you FÍS Film Project followers enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend. After a necessary (but reluctant!) Covid-19 hiatus we are delighted to say that #WeAreBack & our online FÍS Film Awards 2021 entry is #LIVE until 5pm June 30th 2021. We've already received entries for this years’ competition! And it’s only May 😊 #ThanksLoyalFollowers #WelcomeNewcomers A Big ‘Appreciative Shout Out’ to MrRussellsClass for helping us to launch this years’ awards competition. Loads of resources + sample films #Refresh – as well as full judging criteria, rules and guidelines at the website. We've also posted the recent FÍS Film and Stop Motion Animation making webinar recording, courtesy of our partners PDST Tech in Ed on the website #Revisit As usual...... the Link is in the BIO! #Learning #FUN #CurriculumRelevant #Creativity #Imagination #Technology ...

Did you miss last weeks FÍS film and stop motion animation making webinar for primary school teachers? Or would like to simply revisit then .... no problem! We’ve uploaded a recording to the website, link in the BIO. It’s a good opportunity to check out the large bank of teacher resources available to support you to introduce film making into the primary classroom. BTW the FÍS Film Awards 2021 competition is open for entries until June 30th so plenty of time to brainstorm ideas with your class and get those cameras rolling 🎥🎬🎞 ...

Attention all primary school teachers, lovely opportunity for a pre-Easter project for your class. Our Storyboard Storytelling one-off competition is open for entries until this Friday 26th at 5pm. #FUN #LEARNING #ART #STORYTELLING #GREATPRIZES #COUNTDOWN More information including’How To Create A Storyboard’ tutorial and full brief available at the website. Good luck to all! ...

Wishing everyone a safe return to school on Monday! & a gentle reminder that our primary schools Storyboard Storytelling competition is open for entries for 2 more weeks – deadline March 26th 5pm #Countdown #NiceAssignment #CurriculumRelevant
We think it would be a great project to bring the class back together by working in small or whole class groups to create an original storyboard and they might event win a prize!
#GreatPrizes #Fun #Teamwork  
Dept. of Education designated primary school  can enter online via the website or post your entries in, full details of where to send, the brief and judging criteria please go to the website. There’s also a ‘How To’ video to help you and your pupils understand how to use storyboards to  ‘Visually Interpret a Story, Topic or Subject Theme’. Right there on the landing page ….. It couldn’t be easier!  
Link is in the Bio! 😃😃
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Thanks to all the primary schools teachers who have already entered our FÍS Storyboard Storytelling Competition. Great to see the different artistic interpretations of stories. Some clever collaborations happening, where different pupils skills and interests are put to good use in a combined effort to create memorable storyboards. 👍 #artisticskills #writingskills #curriculumrelevant #storytellingsupportslastinglearning Looking for ideas then check out this promo video to get a little flavour of the competition and a few suggestions to help get you started. Hard to believe its almost mid-term break! but still plenty of time for your pupils to get an entry in - closing date March 26th. You will also find full details; brief, judging criteria and ideas at the FÍS film project website, link is in the BIO. ...

📢📢 Primary School Teachers! With pupils currently learning from home we’ve revised the Brief & Criteria for our FÍS Storyboard Storytelling Competition to include individual as well as group or classwork.
#NiceAssignment #CurriculumRelevant #Art #Creative #Imaginative + our deadline has been EXTENDED to Friday March 26th 2021. Updated Brief available at our website, Link is in the BIO! + BTW Great Prizes! Thanks to those who've already got their entries in us - they look great 🎨🖍️✏️ #EveryPictureTellsAStory 🏃‍♂️⚽🏆
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Thanks RTÉ Learn Platform for spreading the word to teachers about our current primary schools Storyboard Storytelling competition 🙌 👏. Its a great opportunity for your pupils to be creative in their storytelling or learn how to visually convey a curriculum topic #DeepLearning Full competition brief, suggested story ideas, themes or topics are available at the FÍS website, link in the BIO! Thanks #Ronan @LearnRte + @RTEjr 👏 for posting.

Only 1 month to go to the closing date & it's a one-off so be sure to get your entries in before Jan 29th, looking forward to receiving your class's #Creative #Imagination storyboards next month 👍

In the meantime project partners @myIADT + @PDST_TechinEd wish you a Safe & Happy New Year 🎆 #2021
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Every picture tells a story! ⚽🏆 & storyboards are a great way to tell the whole story, interpret a poem or convey a topic, so why not enter our Storyboard Storytelling competition? #BeCreative #BeColourful #BeImaginative 🎨🖌️🖍️✏️ #GreatPrizes #FUN Full competition details & video tutorial available at the FÍS Film Project website. Link is in the BIO! ...

December has arrived! A perfect time for primary schools to get creative! Pupils can show off their artistic flair & enter our Storyboard Storytelling competition. Big 👍 to the #colourful #imaginative enteries received so far 👏. Further details and 'How To Tell Stories using Storyboards' video available at the website. Where your pupils can see how Mrs Hen & her 10 chicks 🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥 from an old nurseryrhyme was created 😊. Link is in the BIO! #ideas #themes #topics and BTW there will be great prizes. Closing Date is Jan 29th 2020 but we are already open for entries now. ...

FÍS Storyboard Storytelling Competition announced! to celebrate 20 years 🎂 primary schools are invited to get creative in the classroom 😀. More details at our website, link in the bio! 🔗 ...

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!
#fisfilm #fisfilmproject #fisfilmawards #awards #awardshow #congratulations #talent #winners #celebration #film #filmmakers #futurefilmmakers #digitalstorytelling #watchthisspace #PDST #PDST_TechinEd #myIADT #NFS_IADT
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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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