Can we make a film without entering the FÍS Film Festival?
Of course! In fact, so much of the FÍS methodology is about the process rather than about the product. We encourage all teachers to start small initially and then, when both pupils and teacher are more confident, to consider going the final mile and producing a film. But it’s certainly not necessary to enter the Festival. Some fantastic learning takes place in schools without a film necessarily coming to fruition.
I’m not very technical but I am interested in bringing film into my classroom?
FÍS is very much about the children being at the centre of the film-making process and, as their teacher, you’re expected to guide them. Read Anne Moriarty’s A Teacher’s Diary to get a sense of what’s involved. It’s not necessary to be very technical. Familiarity with some simple programs will suffice. You could consider doing the FÍS Interactive Online Course in the first instance.
What supports are there for me if I’m interested?
In terms of CPD, teachers can avail of the FÍS Interactive Online Course in the first instance. This is a very well designed course that outlines all the skills and activities involved in making a film with the emphasis being on the children being the creators/doers. You can also approach your Local Education Centre and ask if any face-to-face support sessions are taking place in your locality. If you know of other teachers in your school who are interested in FÍS and considering implementing it in their classrooms, PDST Technology in Education can fund a tutor to deliver a whole school ICT training session (a minimum of 10 participants is required).