Behy Film-making Club 2016/ 17

16 12 2016

Our 2016 Film Club is up and running. All members come from our 5th class. This first task is to create a test film called ‘The Mouse in the House.’ While making this film, they have been introduced to all the skills of film-making – planning, story-boarding, shooting, editing and producing.

I’ve grouped their test films into playlists which you can see below. I’ve listed the names of the film-makers over each list.


1. Amia, John, Rory, Chloe, Lee, Jamie, Stephanie

2. Aodhan, Aimee, Aoibhe, Cameron, Clodagh, Hannah

3. Jack, Ben, Amisha, Aoibhe, Maciek, Wiktoria

4. Keelan

Behy Film Club unveils its FÍS Entry for 2016

12 07 2016

Every year since we set up our Film Club, we have entered the national competition for film-making in Irish primary schools. We have a great record, having won a national award with every entry and having scooped the overall award for Best Film in 2013.

This year’s Film Club have been busy working on their entry. It is based on an original film, created for our annual Film Festival by Luke Armstrong and Cian Anderson. All children in 5th class worked in this film with some help from 4th class too. Many thanks to class teacher, Pamela Flannery for her support and assistance and school principal, Pat Cunnane who teaches the children their film-making skills.

Please see this year’s entry below.

Film Festival 2016

22 04 2016

Behy N.S. Film Festival took place on Monday, 18 April. This was a special film festival as it marked our 5th birthday, 5 years of film-making in Behy N.S. We were delighted to have many of the film-makers who had been part of our Film Club and Festivals over those 5 years with us on the day. When they were in our film club, they were at the senior end of primary school and now many of them are at the senior end of secondary school. Doesn’t time fly! It was great to see them all again. The Film Festival began with short clips from all the films shown over the last 4 years and then the films created by this year’s film club were shown. These films can be seen below. Hope you enjoy them.



10 02 2016

Film Club First Videos

16 12 2015

We have a Film-making Club in our school for children in 5th class where we learn to make films. We’ve been working on a practice film called ‘Mouse in the House.’ We all did our own version of the film. See the different versions below.

Addresses of Mouse in the House Videos

15 12 2015

Film club members. Use the ‘Comments’ section below to paste in the address of your video

Behy N.S. wins ‘Best Soundtrack’ award at FÍS Film Awards

9 11 2015

Well done to the children in 6th class who won a national award at the primary school film awards (FÍS). We were particularly pleased with this award as music was an integral part of our film. The film itself was a tribute to the early silent films. As these films had no dialogue, music played a key role in telling the story. See below two members of 6th class being interviewed and receiving the award on behalf of our school as well as some class members in the crowd at the prestigious event in The Helix.

Film Festival Films

3 06 2015

On 28 June we had our Fourth Annual Film Festival in Ballina Arts Centre. During the Festival, members of Behy N.S. Film Club premiered their short films, which they had created specially for the event. All the work on display was undertaken by the children themselves from storyboarding to shooting to editing and production. Well done 5th class on a superb evening’s entertainment. Please see their films below.


Pictures from The FÍS Awards in The Helix Theatre

17 11 2014

We had a great day out at the Helix at which we won the top national award for best film in the FÍS Film Festival. See some pictures taken on the day by staff and parents. Many thanks to Bernie O’Donnell for her pictures. Click on the image to move the slideshow on.

Behy wins top Prize at National Film Awards (FÍS)

7 11 2014

 Click on image to see other pictures in the slideshow

There were major celebrations in Behy National School this week as the school was announced as the winner of the top Prize at the National FÍS Awards at the Helix Theatre in Dublin City University. The award was presented to the thrilled 6th class children and their principal, Pat Cunnane, by Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan. The school also won the award in the category ‘Outstanding Achievement in Film-making for History’ as their film recreated a forgotten historical event, The Battle of Ardnaree.

FÍS is a successful film project currently thriving in primary schools across Ireland. The initiative encourages children to explore the medium of film in the primary classroom developing essential skills in moving-image literacy, communication, teamwork, visual arts and even numeracy … oh yes, and it’s also lots of fun! The project culminates in the children creating short films, which are then submitted for adjudication at The FÍS Film Festival, which are the ‘Oscars’ for primary school children in Ireland. Awards are given out in a number of categories as well as the top prize, ‘The Aileen McKeogh Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film-making.’

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

Although the children in Behy were surprised and delighted at their win, they had a strong background in film-making that surely made them one of the bookie’s favourites for the top prize! The children who made the film are currently in 6th class. They made the film last year when they were also members of the schools Film-making Club. Each year, members of the club learn to storyboard, shoot, edit and publish films. They show their work on the school website and also have an annual Film Festival in Ballina Arts Centre at which they show their films. The club is run by school principal, Pat Cunnane, who was ably assisted by class teacher, Pamela Flannery in helping her class to produce their entry for the FÍS Film Festival. Choir teacher, Susanne Loftus, traditional music teacher, Mark O’Donnell and SNA Veronica McGuinness also strongly supported the children with their project.

Their winning film is titled ‘The Battle of Ardnaree.’ It recreates an incredible but forgotten event in Mayo history in which approximately 2000 men, women and children were ambushed and slaughtered by English soldiers on the banks of the Moy in Ardnaree in the space of a single hour in 1586. The victims were Scottish mercenary soldiers known as Gallowglass as well as their attendants and families. They had been invited to Mayo to provide military support for the Mayo Burkes. The Burkes had controlled Mayo up to this point and were trying to resist Queen Elizabeth I’s efforts to bring Mayo under English control. The Behy children were curious as to why this event had been forgotten and made their film with the aim of reviving its memory. The children conducted considerable research to unearth the story before making their film and were greatly assisted by local historian, Terry Reilly.

The young film-makers from Behy were on the road bright and early at 7.30 a.m. to get to Dublin in time for the Film Festival. For the first time ever, the FÍS Film Festival, was streamed live online, so the school community back in Behy were able to watch and share in the joy of the 6th class children as they received their awards. In another Ballina link, the Film Festival was opened by Ballina man, Sean Gallagher, Deputy Director of the Professional Development Service for Teachers.

On their return to Ballina, the children were greeted by a convoy of delighted parents and given a Garda escort through the town. Current 6th class teacher, Seamus Philbin, quipped that, as a Mayo person, it was nice for once to be making the long trip home from Dublin with the top prize in the bag!  All in all, a great day for Behy! See the winning film below.