Saturday 17 March 2018

Carn NS film-makers are honoured at annual FÍS Film Festival awards

Two Sligo schools were award winners at the annual FÍS Film Festival Awards Ceremony.

Carn National School, Gurteen, Ballymote, and St. Aiden's of Monasteraden picked up gongs at the prestigious event.

On the 16th November, RTÉ presenter Sinead Kennedy hosted the prestigious annual FÍS Film Festival Awards Ceremony where 25 schools from across Ireland were honoured for their film making endeavours.

Entries came in from across the country and all nomination categories were tightly contested. After much deliberation the judging panel shortlisted 26 films for the 13th FÍS Film Festival Award Ceremony 2017.

A capacity audience in the Helix Theatre, Dublin saw 'Outstanding Achievement in Film Making' awards given to schools from across Ireland, from Dublin to Galway and Kerry to Mayo.

St. Aiden's, Monasteraden (via Ballaghadereen) received the award for Soundtrack for a heartfelt reminder of the futility of war and touching adaptation of WWI Lieutenant Ewart Alan Mackintoshs' poem 'In Memoriam' with turf!

While Carn National School, Ballymote, humorously tackled Curriculum Relevance in Science with a sneaky scientifically aided escape from the clutches of teacher Ms. Battleaxe!J with their film 'Kinetic Kids'.

Awards were made to schools from Louth, Kerry, Limerick, Clare, Cork, Leitrim, Sligo, Roscommon, Kildare, Mayo, Galway, Offaly and Dublin. The Kingdom county scooped the coveted Aileen MacKeogh Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film making - FILM OF THE YEAR 2017.

The winning film, The Gooseberry Fair', by Ardfert National School was screened at the ceremony.

In a beautifully creative and prescient interpretation of an old story, a stranger's mysterious death teaches an important lesson in caring for one another.

The FÍS Film Festival is the highly successful outcome of the FÍS Film Project.

The festival seeks to acknowledge and celebrate creativity, imagination, originality of the story, excellence in set design, costume design, direction, production, use of sound, acting, cinematography and special techniques such as animation or special effects. 2017 marked the 13th anniversary of the national annual FÍS Film Festival Awards Ceremony.

The festival is a unique collaboration of primary and tertiary education working together as students from the IADT's National Film School, MA in Broadcast Production for Radio & TV are responsible for the broadcasting and filming of the award ceremony. All films are available to view on

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