Before Easter, we went to the Odeon cinema in Limerick. Our film (League of Skeletons) was shortlisted from 400 entries for the Fresh Film Festival. Only 38 were shown in the cinema. We left at 7:15am on a bus. The journey took approximately 2 hours but we were delayed because of road works. On the way, we saw Thomond Park, the home of Munster rugby, and the River Shannon. When we got to the cinema we bought sweets and went to the toilet. We sat down in the cinema. We missed 3 or 4 movies because of the road works. There were many great films and two breaks. We won an award for best CGI effects (computer generated images). We got a plaque and our photo taken. On the way home we went to Supermacs to eat. We had a great day out. Watch our film below:
On Thursday June 14th we went to Castlebar Movie World. Our 5 minute movie ‘Job Done’ was being shown along with 5 other schools in Mayo. We all got popcorn and drinks. We all enjoyed our day out!
In this week’s (April 3rd) Western People and Mayo News, Cróna Esler and Ciara Moynihan respectively have written two lovely articles covering our recent award at the Fresh Film Festival in Limerick. The film “Job Done” can be viewed here at the bottom of our FÍS Film Project page.
Job Done as Gortskehy filmmakers take top prize
Western People, April 3rd 2012, Cróna Esler (page 4)
“It seems there’s no end to the talents of the students at Gortskehy National School, writes Cróna Esler. This week the children have yet another reason to celebrate, having been presented with the Ireland Young Filmaker Award in the junior category (age seven to twelve years) at this year’s Fresh Film Festival.
Pupils from fifth and sixth class produced a film based on a short story about a tiger kidnapping. They were highly commended for the visual style of their film, Job Done. For the last 16 years, the Fresh Film Festival has celebrated young filmakers aged 18 and under. It has showcased their work, celebrated their achievements and chosen Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year.
The filmmakers submit movies they have made themselves and have the opportunity to see their work on the big screen at four locations in heats around Ireland. Many winners of the competition have gone on to successful careers in the film industry and each year the awards uncover a wealth of new filmmaking talent.
This year’s festival celebrated Made in Ireland films and record 400 entries were received. The festival strives to ensure it is engaging, relevant and challenging and has continued to develop links with other organisations and filmmakers from outside of Ireland. Louis Lovett [best known as Dieter in Killinaskully] was in attendance to present the awards to the winners at the ceremony in Limerick.”
Mayo News, April 3rd 2012, Ciara Moynihan (page 34). Ciara has also posted the film here on the Mayo News website.
“Fifth-and sixth-class students from Gortskehy National School in Annfield, Hollymount, were among the winners at Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards at this year’s Fresh Film Festival. Actor Louis Lovett was in attendance to present the awards to the winners at a glittering ceremony in Limerick last Wednesday, March 28.
This year’s festival theme was ‘Made In Ireland’, and a record 400 entries were received. The Gortskehy NS students were Highly Commended for Visual Style in the Junior Category (7 to 12 year olds) for their film ‘Job Done’. Based on a short story by Patrick Hession and James Frizzell, the plot centres on a tiger kidnapping.
Patrick Hession and Diane Tierney turned in great performances as the balaclava-wearing raiders, while Orla Beddows, Toni Burns, Mollie Higgins and Nicola Hession were convincing as the terrorised family members, tied up in their own front room. Rachel Hession shone as a little girl hiding under the stairs. The film is a thriller laden with suspense – will the raiders discover the girl, and what would they do with her if they do? The eerie music and cinematography add to the mood.
Behind-the-scenes expertise was provided by camera operators James Frizzell and Justin Commins, and costume and props people Amy Frizzell, Rebecca Flanagan, Marie Mulhern, Thomas Higgins, Conal Beddows and Enda Hession. ‘Job Done’ was skillfully directed by James Frizzell – could he be another James Cameron in the making?
For the last 16 years, Fresh Film Festival has celebrated young filmmakers aged 18 and under. The festival has showcased their work and celebrated their achievements. The filmmakers submit movies they have made themselves and have the opportunity to see their work on the big screen as the movies are screened at four locations in heats around Ireland. Many winners of the competition have gone on to successful careers in the film industry, and each year the awards uncover a wealth of new filmmaking talent.
For more information on the Fresh Film Festival, visit www.freshfilmfestival.net. This is not the first award that ‘Job Done’ has received – last year it was named Best Horror Film at the Fís Film Festival awards, attended by President Michael D Higgins.”
Last Thursday I was watching Elev8, a television program for kids on RTÉ 2, when I saw Diane and I appear on the screen. I texted my friends and they all saw it too. We had been interviewed at the Fís film Festival in the Helix a few weeks before. We were interviewed by a little girl called, Gabrielle. She asked us a few questions about our award-winning film called, ‘Job Done.’ This is the clip below . . .
A few weeks ago we found out that we were nominated for an award at the Fís film festival 2011. We made a film about a tiger bank robbery. Our film was called Job Done.
We received a message saying that the awards were being held in The Helix Dublin on the 16th of November and we had to be there at 12 o’clock. Everyone was excited. Patrick, Nicola, Toni, Orla, Rachel, Mollie and I were the actors in the film. Marie, Rebecca, Amy, Enda, Justin, Conal and Thomas helped with the costumes and props. James was the camera man.
The day finally came to go to the Helix. We left the school at 8 o’clock. It was a long journey but it was fun. We arrived at 12 o’clock and we were greeted by a lady who was going to interview us. Then a camera man from elev8, a TV programme for kids, came and he wanted to interview us too! He told us that we could be on TV. After we were interviewed we got our picture taken and headed into the auditorium where all the awards were to be given out. We sat down and watched a magician doing tricks.
We weren’t long sitting down when the awards ceremony began. Colm Flynn was presenter and Anne White gave out the awards. We waited and waited until our school was finally called out. We won the award for the best Horror Film. A small clip of our film was shown and then Colm asked us questions about our movie before we received our award.
At the end of the ceremony Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, came and gave a speech. After Michael D. Higgins’ speech we all left the Helix and got the bus back to our school. Fís was a great experience and I’d love to do it again. Here is a video of our trip.
— subkiteu (@subkiteu) November 16, 2011
The 24 finalists for the 2011 National FÍS Film Festival have been announced. We are delighted to be one of four schools in Connacht shortlisted. The awards will be presented on the 16th of November in the Helix, Dublin and we’re looking forward to the trip. ‘Job Done’ starring Patrick, Diane, Orla, Toni, Mollie, Nicola and Rachel can be viewed here.
Togher NS, Togher, Dunmanway, County Cork
St Aiden’s NS,Monasteraden, County Sligo.
Leitrim Village NS, Leitrim Village, Co. Leitrim.
Ballyadams NS, Ballyadams, Athy, Co. Kildare
Burnfort NS, Burnfort, Mallow, Co. Cork
Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Green Lane, County Carlow.
Central Remedial Clinic School, Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3.
St. Thomas’s Senior National School, Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
SN Bhríde, Faughart, County Louth
Fossa National School,Fossa, Killarney, County Kerry
Scoil Cholmcille CBS, Blarney Street, Cork.
Ballinora National School, Waterfall, near Cork.
Gaelscoil tSlí Dála, Borris-in-Ossory, Laois
Leaffoney NS, Kilglass, County Sligo.
Scoil Náisiúnta Inis Arcáin, Sherkin Island, Skibbereen, County Cork.
Scoil Chaitigheirn, Eyeries, Beara, County Cork
Wicklow Educate Together, Marine House, The Murrough, Wicklow Town.
Our Lady of Mercy NS, Bantry, County Cork
Ahiohill NS, Ahiohill, Enniskeane, County Cork
Scoil Mhaoilíosa, Knockavilla, Upton, Inishshannon, County Cork.
Gortskehy NS, Hollymount, Co. Mayo.
St Pauls CBS, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
St. Kevin’s NS, Rathdown Road, Greystones, Co. Wicklow
Scoil Naomh Eirc, Kilmoyley, Ardfert, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
‘Job Done’, based on a short story earlier in the year by James and Patrick in sixth class, is our five-minute film for FÍS 2011. We are very grateful to James and Sandra Hession for the use of their home and all the cups of tea! Best of luck to Patrick, James, Mollie and Toni who start secondary school in September.