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FÍS Film Awards 2021 Competition



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There is an open invitation to all Dept. of Education designated Irish primary schools to enter their films into the annual national FÍS Film Awards competition.  There is no need to register in advance.  To enter, primary schools across the country are asked to create an (up to) five-minute film on a subject of their choice.  Before you begin check out the rules and guidelines and judging criteria for further details.

The competition closes on the last Friday of June each year.  Entries can be made here in early April.  Shortlisted schools must be available to attend the FÍS Film Awards Ceremony, which takes place in the Helix Theatre, DCU Dublin every November.  It is a large-scale national event with over 900 people in attendance, filmed and broadcast by students and staff from the National Film School, at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT).  The awards ceremony is live- streamed via this website. Shortlisted schools must be available to attend the ceremony.

Competition 2021 Submission Deadline Has Now Passed








Film Criteria Highlights

  • Film Duration (excluding credits) must be no longer than 5 minutes
  • Film file format must be .mp4 or .mov
  • Use of copyrighted visual material or music including re-recording by the school is not permitted and will lead to automatic disqualification
  • Parental Consent & Release Form available here … with Irish Version available here
  • Location Release Form available herewith Irish Version available here
  • Online Entry Form available here
  • Closing Date is end of June each year

Judging Criteria Highlights

  • Imagination and creativity
  • Originality of the story
  • Curricular relevance (include details of subject/strand/strand unit where relevant)
  • Support of pupils’ literacy and/or numeracy skills development
  • Excellence in set design, costume design, film direction, film production, the use of sound, acting, cinematography, etc
  • Excellence in the art of storytelling
  • Excellence in the use of special techniques, e.g., animation or special effects
  • Excellence in visual interpretation of a story or concept
  • Cuirfear faílte ar leith roimh scannáin as Gaeilge