Dr. Annie Doona announces the Film of the Year at the 13th FÍS Film Festival Awards Ceremony

At the annual primary schools FÍS Film Festival Awards Ceremony, Guest of Honour, Dr. Annie Doona, Chair of the Irish Film Board and President of the Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) announced the winner of the Aileen Mac Keogh Film of the Year 2017 Award.

Over 900 people attended the ceremony in the Helix Theatre, Dublin and saw 'Outstanding Achievement in Film Making' awards made to Irelands' youngest film makers. Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Doona said, "Part of the Irish Film Board's mission is to support and promote Irish film and animation through fostering artistic vision and diverse creative and production talent.  So it is especially encouraging for me, as Chair of the Irish Film Board, to see awards being made to Ireland's youngest film makers' and to know that the future of film making in Ireland looks bright for the years to come. "

Dr. Doona announced the coveted Aileen MacKeogh Film of the Year Award 2017 which went to Co. Kerry school Ardfert National School. Their winning film 'The Gooseberry Fair' was screened at the ceremony. In a beautifully crafted and prescient interpretation of an old story, a stranger's mysterious death teaches an important lesson in caring for one another. The film also earned Ardfert the Outstanding Achievement in Film Making Award for Production Design.

Dr. Doona said that she is especially proud of the National Film School MA in Broadcast Production for Radio & TV students who were responsible for the broadcasting and filming of this terrific event. This practical production activity is a fantastic industry relevant student experience that they can take forward into their future careers. Crewing the FÍS Film Festival is embedded in the Masters, a production-centred programme. It is a perfect example of cross-institutional collaboration in IADT.

Addressing all award winners for their creativity and imagination, Dr. Doona said "The FÍS methodology has helped you to create films that entertain, engage, challenge, inform, that make us laugh, cry and wonder. You have communicated and shared your stories and ideas using digital media technologies. Through this process you have developed transferable skills which will support you in meeting challenges well beyond primary school. You have a lot to be proud of."

She stated "The FÍS Film Project also has a lot to be proud of. Now in its 17th year, its longevity is testament to the excellent collaboration between IADT's FÍS Office, the National Film School at IADT and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST.)

Dr. Annie Doona and Rónán Ó Muirthile with the FÍS Film Festival Film of the Year 2017 winners, Ardfert NS, Kerry.
Dr. Annie Doona and Rónán Ó Muirthile with the FÍS Film Festival Film of the Year 2017 winners, Ardfert NS, Kerry.