Two Laois Primary Schools win major film awards.




The National FÍS Film Festival took place on Thursday 25th October 2007 in the Helix at Dublin City University with over 800 children and their teachers attending from across the country. The Irish star of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" Evanna Lynch, attended as a special guest. 25 awards were presented to schools and their students to celebrate their outstanding film achievements in moviemaking with particular acknowledgement in areas such as animation, acting, editing and direction.

This is the third year the Festival celebrates outstanding achievements by primary school children involved in the FÍS (Film In Schools) project. The FÍS project is an initiative designed to introduce the medium of film as a support to the Primary School Curriculum.

Two Laois Primary Schools, Sacred Heart Primary and Kiladooley NS, representing Laois Education Centre were rewarded for their many months of hard work when they won two prestigious awards on the day.

"The Last Penguin" was nominated in four categories; Outstanding achievement in music, Outstanding achievement in original story telling, Outstanding achievement in Animation and Outstanding achievement in nature. The children from Sacred Heart School were thrilled to have their film chosen for the award for "Outstanding Achievement in Film Making in Animation. Orla Masterson and Danielle Byrne accepted the award on behalf of the school.

"Trouble in Micadise" was nominated in three categories; Outstanding achievement in Animation, , Outstanding achievement in Set and Production Design and Outstanding achievement in Original story telling. The children from Kiladooley NS were very pleased when their film won the award for "Outstanding Achievement in Original Story Telling.