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Mini Movies make 100 young filmmakers!!

Published: 30th November -0001

There was great excitement on Thursday last when over 100 students from St. Brendan’s Boys National School, Mercy Primary School, Oxmantown National school and St. Kieran’s National School Clareen piled into Birr Theatre and Arts Centre to see the première of their movies during the OFFline Film Festival. Filmmaker Michael Fortune had spend 2 days in each school, working with students to make a series of 30 second animations. In total there were 48 mini movies made which were screened to the delight of both students, teachers, parents and the general public.

The project was organised and funded by Offaly County Council’s Arts Office in association with the OFFline Film Festival. Speaking at the launch, Cathaoirleach Cllr. Peter Ormond said “ This programme has effectively created 100 new budding filmmakers in Offaly. I would like to thank the principals in each school; Niall Crofton (St. Brendan’s Boys School) Barbara Hanamay (Mercy Primary School) Audrey Colton, (Oxmantown National School) and Jonathan Dunne (Clareen National School) for embracing the opportunity and pay tribute to the OFFline Film festival for embracing all ages and all interests when it comes to making films, watching films and learning about film”

Speaking at the launch Arts Officer Sinead O’Reilly remarked, “One little boy came up and said, ‘this was the best thing ever’, and that is what this is all about. If we can continue to create extraordinary moments in young lives through the arts, then we are building a great future of innovative, creative young people”

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