PHOTOS: Celebrating Young Filmmaking in Kerry’s Primary Schools

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Ardfert National School at the Fís Film Screening in Siamsa Tíre on Thursday. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

A CELEBRATION of young Kerry filmmaking was held in Siamsa Tíre on Thursday morning with the annual FÍS Film Project for Schools screenings.

Each year, the Education Centre working in collaboration with the Kerry Film Festival invites schools to present their films at local screenings.

This provides students and teachers involved in FIS with an opportunity to share and celebrate their work.

The nine schools, which participated in FÍS 2016, were CBS, Primary School, Tralee; Spa NS; St. Joseph’s NS, Ballyheigue; Scoil Realt Na Mara, Tuosist; Holy Family NS, Rathmore; Moyderwell Mercy Primary School; Killury NS; Scoil Muire Gan Smal, Lixnaw and Ardfert NS

Two of the films won awards at the National FÍS Film Awards, in the Helix in November of last year. The Film Category winners were Scoil Muire Gan Smal, Lixnaw- Storyboarding and Ardfert National School-Environment.

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FÍS is an initiative from the Department of Education and Skills (DES) in the Republic of Ireland and is a project designed to introduce the medium of film as a support for the implementation of the Primary School Curriculum (Curaclam na Bunscoile).

The project is going from strength to strength in primary schools in Kerry with an increase in the number of schools participating each year and teachers have found that children love working with this medium and are stimulated by the range of creative opportunities it provides.

The Centre provides training for teachers, who wish to engage in FIS and a Resource Pack is also available online to teachers on the FÍS website www.fis.ie.is.

Pupils of CBS, Primary School, Tralee at the Fís Film Screening in Siamsa Tíre on Thursday. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

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Saint Joseph’s National School Ballyheigue at the Fís Film Screening in Siamsa Tíre on Thursday. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

Milosz, Sama, Jonathon, Emily and Hailey from CBS Primary School. Tralee at the Fís Film Screening in Siamsa Tíre on Thursday. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

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Moyderwell Mercy Primary School at the Fís Film Screening in Siamsa Tíre on Thursday. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

Andrea Foley, Shane Guerin, Veronica Herbert and Andrea Balogova of Moyderwell Mercy Primary School at the Fís Film Screening in Siamsa Tíre on Thursday. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

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Abrahem Harazi, Jessica Murphy and Sean Kennedy of Moyderwell Mercy Primary School at the Fís Film Screening in Siamsa Tíre on Thursday. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

Susan Brown and Lisa Mulvihill with pupils from Lixnaw National School at the Fís Film Screening in Siamsa Tíre on Thursday. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

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