Leitrim’s filmmakers of the future received a huge boost last week at the Fresh Film Festival. Students of Action School of Film from Leitrim and Roscommon travelled to the national finals of Ireland’s most prestigious youth film event in Limerick last Thursday and did not leave empty handed.
The filmmakers were awarded the RTÉ award for their short film ‘Repulsive’. The award is given annually to a group or individual filmmaker who impresses RTÉ programmers with a film lasting just 60 seconds. ‘Repulsive’ was made by students on the Action School of Film summer course which took place in Carrick-on-Shannon last July.
The students learned about visual storytelling and practical filmmaking techniques from course tutors John O’Dowd and Stephen O’Gorman. Students then devised, produced and edited the film as a training exercise.
The training clearly paid off when the winners were announced to a national audience in Limerick on Thursday and star of the film, Hannah Banks from Ballinamore, was whisked off to the RTÉ studios to be interviewed for Two Tube and the film was televised. The film was one of 450 youth produced films submitted to the festival.
Action School of Film, based in Carrick-on-Shannon, were delighted with the win. It was one of three awards received for the film school during the festival.
Students of Drumcong National School also travelled to Limerick for the finals of the junior section of the festival, where their film ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ was selected as a national finalist.
Film School director, Ruth Earley, was thrilled about the award as it is the first major award for the school to have been won by the Carrick group.
“It’s always exciting to win awards, but of course it’s extra special to bring one home to Leitrim. We’ve had such a good run over the past few years. The group in Carrick have always made consistently high quality films but have narrowly missed out on so many occasions. I’m delighted for the students who really deserve the recognition for all their efforts,” she told the Leitrim Observer.
‘Repulsive’ and further information about Action School of Film can be found on www.actionfilm.ie