The success of the FÍS pilot project resulted in the “mainstreaming” of FÍS to other schools. This is being managed and delivered by the National Centre for Technology in Education in conjunction with Dun Laoghaire insititute of Art Design and Technology.
In 2004, 50 schools participated in FÍS; a further 25 in 2006, and now in 2007 over 100 schools participated. All schools are supported by the NCTE at local level by their Education Centres and the ICT Advisory Service through the provision of training, support and equipment.
As part of the FÍS process, schools participate in regional screenings of their films towards the end of the school year. These events offer students and teachers the chance to share and celebrate their work and the work of other schools involved in FÍS. Regional screenings often take place in local cinemas adding an element of drama to the occasion as students see their work on the big screen.
A selection of films are chosen from the regional screenings to participate in the National FÍS Film Festival. The inaugural awards ceremony took place in October 2005 in The Helix, Dublin City University with Minister of Education and Science, Mary Hanafin, attending as the guest of honour. It was a hugely successful event, with over 700 young people from 21 schools filling the O’Mahony Hall to capacity. The Helix will again be the venue where 25 schools will attend to showcase their outstanding achievements in film making!