FÍS Film Project
Introducing film into the primary classroom




New Lesson Plans
11 Sep

Take a look at our updated lesson plans in Teacher Resources.  The lesson plans provided a step by step guide to any teachers considering a filmmaking project in the classroom, with cross-curricular links, activities, work sheets and everything you need to know about filmmaking from scriptwriting to final edit.  The lesson plans are designed to be used with resources and technology already likely to be found in most primary classrooms.

New lesson plans will continue to be added to our site on a weekly basis over the Autumn 2015 term, so watch this space.

Two additional categories added!
25 May

A circular was recently sent to all schools announcing the inclusion of two additional categories for the FÍS project 2015. The objective is to mark the “Decade of Centenaries” initiative and the “Active School Flag” project.

Films selected for the “Decade of Centenaries” award will convey a story or moving images that commemorate the anniversary of any key centenary event between 1912 and 1916. Films may comprise of historical enactments, explorations of records and primary source material, interviews with historians among other methodologies to commemorate a range of events. These may include, the Lockout, the Sinking of the Lusitania, the Easter Rising, the Civil War and the Treaty amongst others.

The “Active School Flag” category will accept films that tell a story depicting how schools strive to achieve a broad and balanced PE programme or how schools promote inclusive physical activity across the school day/year for all members of its community. For example, this story may be documentary in style capturing footage of the Active School Week in addition to ongoing PE, physical activity and school sport.  It may also portray a PE related activity through fiction, action, adventure or other film genres.

Are you considering making a FÍS film for the first time? Take a look at these tutorials to get you started.
5 May

These very simple (and very short) tutorials will get you started with your first FIS film.  No fancy equipment or technical knowledge required!


Hear teachers talk about FÍS in the classroom
10 Apr

Teacher Linda Dennehy talks about her experience making her first FÍS film with junior infants to first class in Hollymount National School, Rathmore, Co. Kerry [vimeo][/vimeo]

Teacher Damien Fegan talks about his many experiences making FIS films in Wicklow Educate Together National School [vimeo][/vimeo]

Thank you
5 Nov

A huge big thank you to everyone for making yesterday’s 10th FÍS Film Festival such a wonderful day. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes, both at a local level and centrally in PDST Technology in Education and IADT, and if often goes unacknowledged. Let’s acknowledge it now!

A special thank you to Education Centre Directors across the country who support schools and teachers working with the FÍS methodology. This is so important. Thank you also to Michelle Herron in PDST Technology in Education and Linda O’Sullivan in IADT who are the people that make the festival happen each year.

Lastly, thank you to all the teachers and pupils involved. Without you, and your creativity, enthusiasm and drive, there would be no FÍS Film Project. Keep up the good work!

Two schools win top award in 2014
4 Nov

For the first time ever, two schools have been awarded the top prize at this year’s FÍS Film Festival. It is unprecedented! Behy National School in Mayo (“Battle of Ardnaree”) and Carrigaline Educate Together in Cork (“Power Out”) shared the top accolade, the Aileen MacKeogh Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film-making.

Well done to all the schools who won awards in the FÍS Film Festival this year.

Up, up and away – it’s the Big Day!
4 Nov

Yes, the big day has finally arrived! The day of the 10th FÍS Film Festival is upon us and we are all super excited here in DCU. Have a look at the design of our “uplifting” set …

The stage of the 2014 FÍS Film Festival

We can’t wait to meet and greet all the children, their teachers and parents at the Helix. Sinéad Kennedy and Eoghan McDermott (from RTÉ) will be hosting the show and our Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, will be presenting the top prize later on this afternoon.

Have a peek at this year’s finalists …
15 Oct

Only 3 weeks to go to the 2014 FÍS Film Festival. It’s taking place on 4 November in The Helix, DCU, Dublin 9 and 900 pupils and their teachers are coming up. It will be so exciting! Have a look at this year’s finalists and be amazed! The students and their teachers have made some remarkable films. Looking forward to welcoming you to The Helix.

2014 Finalists Announced!
24 Sep

The shortlist for the 2014 FÍS Film Festival has been announced. This year there was an unprecedented number of high quality films entered in the competition. It was incredibly difficult for the judges to make their decisions but the table below includes details of the 24 finalists for 2014. Looking forward to seeing you all in The Helix on 4 November!

School Name


Film Title

Scoil an Cheathrair Álainn

Mulhuddart, Dublin 15

The Killer Toilet

Gardiner Street Primary School

76 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1

Mary Aikenhead & The Thief

Caherdaniel National School

Caherdaniel, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Deception at Derrynane, The one that got away

St. Colmans School

Derrinabroc, Cloontia, Ballymote, Co. Sligo

Setanta Saves the Day

Ballinamere National School

Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Be Careful What You Wish For!!

Lisnafunchin National School

Lisnafunchin, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

Kilkenny Eco Song

Gaelscoil Ultain

Cnoc an Chonnaidh, Br. Ard Mhaca, Muineachan

Invisible Me

St. Patrick’s National School

Loch Gowna, Co. Cavan

Cian the Giant

Behy National School

Ballina, Co. Mayo

The Battle of Ardnaree

St. Patrick’s Boys National School

Portarlington, Co. Laois

Monkey Business

St. Brendan’s National School

Fenit, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Be Careful What you Wish For

St. Paul’s CBS

North Brunswick St, Dublin 7

Mission to the Moon

Carrigaline Educate Together National School

Kilnagleary, Carrigaline, Co. Cork

Power Out

Wicklow Educate Togegher National School

Marine House, The Murrogh, Wicklow Town


Killocraun National School

Castlehil, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Mayo: A Change is Gonna Come

Lauragh National School

Tuosist, Killarney, Co. Kerry

The Rábach

Ahiohill National School

Ahiohill, Enniskeane, Co. Cork

Pre Celtic Desertserges

Barryroe National School

Lislevane, Bandon, Co. Cork

Souterrain Time Travel

Tooreen National School

Tooreen, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo

Mixed Blessings

Scoil Eoin Naofa

Golden Grove Road, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

The Sel-FÍS Farmer

St. Cronan’s Junior National School

Brackenstown, Swords, Co. Dublin

The Fish Who Cried Shark

Bodyke National School

Bodyke, Co. Clare

Black ’47

Redeemer Girls National School

Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Easaontas na nDathanna

St. Thomas SNS

Jobstown, Tallaght Dublin 24

The Selfish Giant


Because the standard of films was so high this year, 13 additional films were “Highly Commended” by the judges. They were just too good not to receive some acknowledgement so for the first time ever “Highly Commended” awards will be presented to the following 13 schools.

  • Hollymount National School, Hollymount, Rathmore, co. Kerry
  • Milford National School, Castletroy, Co. Limerick
  • St. Peter’s National School, Dungourney, Co. Cork
  • St. Joseph’s National School, Ballyadams, Athy, Co. Kildare
  • Togher National School, Dunmanway, Co. Cork
  • Scoil Chaitigheirn, Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork
  • Clonlisk National School, Clonlisk, Shinrone, Birr, Co. Offaly
  • St. Aiden’s National School, Monasteraden, Co. Sligo
  • Carysfort National School, knockenrahen, Arklow, Co. Wicklow
  • CBS Primary School Tralee, Clounalour, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • Spa National School, The Spa, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • Maynooth Boys National School, Moyglare Road, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
  • Scoil Mhaoilíosa, Knockvilla, Upton, Innishannon, Co. Cork




2014 deadline has now passed
5 Jul

Thank you everyone for your interest in the 2014 FÍS Film Festival. We’ve received lots of entries this year and over the summer our judges shall be reviewing each and every film received very carefully. All entrants will be contacted in September. Enjoy the summer holidays!

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