Two Offaly schools pick up Film Festival awards

Shooting for the stars

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Carrig National School

Carrig National School

On November 16, 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. Patrick’s BNS Portarlington take Originality award with The New Boy

A well-deserved outstanding achievement award for Costume went to Carrig National School, Birr, County Offaly for Magic Moments. An unexpected first day for a schools’ newest pupils made for a beautifully costumed affair.

Another award went to Offaly, this time to St. Patrick’s BNS, Portarlington who scooped the Originality award with their film The New Boy, in which an extra-terrestrial newcomer settles right into St. Patrick's with a few minor adjustments here and there.

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.

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