The 16th Annual FÍS Film Awards took place on Friday November 19th and it was an amazing celebration of the next generation of filmmakers!
The event was hosted by RTÉ’s Sinead Kennedy, with Special Guest Minister Norma Foley TD, and celebrated the work of over 1,500 students.
It was held virtually due to COVID, but the full ceremony will be available to watch HERE very soon!
The Aileen MacKeogh Film of the Year 2021 award went to the film “Son of the Grapple” directed by students at St Hugh’s National School in Leitrim.
The school of 54 students and three teachers also received the award for Best Director for its Irish folklore film. A story, from their parish of Ballinaglera, tells of a journey made in the dead of night and the events that surround it.
The jury unanimously decided to award the film of the year to The Son of the Grabber.
Other 2021 winners include:
Shortlisted films across Ireland competed for the competition, with the jury shortlisting just 18 films.
Counties depicted in the award-winning films include Limerick, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Laois, Leitrim, Waterford, Cork, Sligo, Wicklow, Kildare and Tipperary.
This year has seen a variety of awards up for grabs with accolades for Outstanding Achievement in Film Making for: costume design, soundtrack, adaptation, special effects, best newcomer, best junior, as well as awards for relevant films. in the curriculum that included areas such as history, science, and COVID-19.
Other films shortlisted this year can be viewed on the FÍS website HERE!
And you can download the full list of winners HERE !!
The FÍS project is there to initiate and guide students, often as young as six and seven, through the process of making a film.
The award ceremony will be filmed and broadcast by third level students of the National Film School of IADT, MA in Audiovisual Production for Radio and Television to provide them with practical professional and hands-on experience.
The post-production of the awards is carried out by the students of the BA in Film & TV program of the IADT.
To learn more about the FÍS Film Project, visit their website HERE!