Local schoolchildren make mark in world of film

WHEN you say film in Kerry one name comes to mind, Killarney's megastar Michael Fassbender. However, now there are some new kids on the block, literally.

Four Kerry primary schools are amongst the nominees in the upcoming FÍS Film Festival, which takes place on Wednesday, November 6, in The Helix in Dublin. St Michael's National School, Seem, Lauragh National School, Killarney, Fossa National School and Scoil Realt na Mara have all made the shortlist of 24 schools, after being narrowed down from over 100 entries nationwide. As part of the competition, primary schools across the country were asked to devise a five minute film on a subject of their choice, produced by the children and their teachers.

There are 25 awards up for grabs on the night in a variety of categories, including; comedy, acting, storytelling, adaptation, animation, special effects, direction, costume, editing, production, cinematography and a host of others.

RTE's Sinead Kennedy, who is hosting the award ceremony in Dublin, says that the standard of entries this year was extremely high, "I am really looking forward to meeting all the children 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," she said.