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The 19th Annual FÍS Film Competition

Is Now Open for Submissions until 28 June at 5pm!


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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 and information on the competition.

If you would like more information on incorporating film into the primary classroom, check out our Teacher Resources and Document Drawer to help get you started with your submission.

The competition closes on the last Friday of June each year.  Entries can be made (HERE) starting 22 April 2024.  Shortlisted schools must be available to attend the FÍS Film Awards Ceremony, which takes place in the Helix Theatre, DCU Dublin.  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.

children in crowd of film awards cheering

Countdown to FÍS Film Competition 2024 Submission Deadline








Submitting  A Film Tutorial

Film Criteria Highlights

  • Film Duration (excluding credits) must be no longer than 5 minutes
  • Films can ONLY be submitted using a YouTube link which can be pasted into the entry form. A tutorial is available here if required.  If your entry is shortlisted FÍS will require the actual film file later in the process.
  • Movie file format must be either .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 here with Irish Version available here
  • Online Entry Form available here
  • Closing Date is last Friday in June each year at 5:00pm

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