Young Limerick moviemakers honoured at this year’s FÍS Film Awards


BUDDING young Limerick moviemakers were honoured at the prestigious FÍS Film Awards, which acknowledges talent and, this year, lockdown turbulence, Irish language movies, outstanding contributions and achievements in filmmaking. 

The renowned event, which celebrates the moviemaking abilities of primary school students, took place virtually this year. Pupils from across the country tuned in to the online ceremony, which was hosted by RTÉ’s Sinead Kennedy.

Guest of Honour, Minister for Education Norma Foley spoke at the awards filmed at the  Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) National Film School, Dún Laoghaire. Hosted jointly by IADT’s FÍS Office in collaboration with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST TiE).

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A TOTAL of 18 shortlisted films throughout Ireland battled it out for the contest, including entries from Limerick.

This year saw a variety of new awards up for grabs with accolades for Outstanding Achievement in Film Making for: Costume Design, Sound Track,Adaptation, Special Effects, Best Newcomer, Best Junior, as well as awards for curriculum relevant films that included subject areas such as History,Science and COVID-19. A unique montage of all the award-winning films can be viewed HERE.

Minister Norma Foley said: “Today is a proud day for you all, and it is one those memories that you will carry with you through your life, of your time in primary school. Being shortlisted or highly commended is a tremendous achievement and I want to congratulate all pupils who played their part in the filmmaking process.”

Speaking about this year’s event, National Director PDST Ciara O’Donnell added: “The FÍS 2021 award winning films are a powerful demonstration of how creativity combined with technology influences children’s’ learning, makes learning meaningful and highlights the richness of its’ impact. The creative use of technology supports teachers to realise the curriculum in an interesting and interactive way, very much in line with the focus in the Department of Educations’ Digital Strategy for Schools and the Digital Learning Framework.”