Wednesday 25 April 2018

Young Rush filmmakers await news of award

PUPILS from Rush National School, who are in the running for a major film award, will learn this week how they fared.

The schoolkids have been nominated for an award at the upcoming FÍS Film Festival and are among 24 schools chosen from over 100 entries received from all over the country. A total of 25 awards will be handed out at the event, a Department of Education and Skills initiative, in The Helix in DCU on Wednesday.

Over 800 people will attend on the day including 700 primary school children, their teachers, parents and a variety of special guests. The event will be hosted by Sinead Kennedy, presenter of RTE's 'Juice' programme.

To enter the festival, primary schools across the country were asked to devise a five minute film on a subject of their choice.

The film had to be produced by the children and their teachers and entries would be judged on imagination and creativity, the originality of the story, excellence in set design, costume design, film direction and production as well as the use of sound, acting and cinematography. Those that use special techniques such as animation or special effects would be awarded extra points.

Awards will be made in a wide variety of categories including Comedy, Acting, Storytelling, Adaptation, Animation, Special Effects, Direction, Costume, Editing, Production, Cinematography, Sound, Public Safety, Best Newcomer, Best Junior Class Production and Historical Adaptation, among others.

RTE's Sinead Kennedy is looking forward to hosting the event this year and she says she can't wait to meet all of the finalists:

'Over the last year, children and their teachers have worked extremely hard to produce these short films. The response this year has been absolutely brilliant, with an extremely high standard of entries.

'I am really looking forward to meeting all the children in attendance because being nominated is such an honour. It offers huge recognition for the hard work and the immense creativity they showed in their wonderful mini movies!'

Fingal Independent