2015 Film Festival Films and Animations are now Online!

ffest2015The 2015 Pembrokeshire Schools Film and Animation Festival awards event took place at the Torch Theatre on the 8th July with photographs on the red carpet followed by a screening of schools’  films and animations in the cinema. This year’s entries showcased a wide range of movies ranging from paper-cut stop motion animations of Welsh folk tales to documentaries and time travel movies. Every school entering had the opportunity to see their film shown on the big screen and then vote for their favourite in the Audience Award. Other awards were given by the Festival’s judging panel of film-makers – Greg David (Planet Sunday Animation), Simon Worley (Jones the Video) and Sharron Harries (Curious Ostrich Productions).

The winners were:

Best Film: St.Teilo’s R.C. School, Tenby

Best Animation: Fishguard Holy Name R.C. School

The Independent Young Film-Maker Award: Dylan Allman from Cleddau Reach V.C. School

Audience Award: St.Teilo’s R.C. School, Tenby

The Film Festival organiser, Duncan Whitehurst, commented, “Every year we have seen the standard of films and animations improving helped by the links we have made with film industry professionals. Pembrokeshire schools have been inspired to have a go at film and animation because it enables children to learn technical skills and apply creativity and imagination to subjects across the curriculum. Teachers have discovered that through film-making young people learn through experience and can develop confidence and practical team-working skills. Showcasing schools’ films at the end of the year is a way of celebrating the success of completing a project and gives film-makers the opportunity to see each others’ work and share ideas.”

You can see this year’s films and animations by going to the School Movies section of this site and selecting a school from the drop-down menu. The school movies section also includes every film from every school produced since the event started in 2006.

Cymerodd y Ffilm Ysgolion Sir Benfro a Gŵyl Animeiddio digwyddiad 2015 o wobrau lle yn Theatr y Torch ar 8 mis Gorffennaf gyda lluniau ar y carped coch ac yna dangosiad o’u ffilmiau ac animeiddiadau yn y sinema. Ceisiadau eleni yn arddangos amrywiaeth eang o ffilmiau yn amrywio o dorri-papur stop animeiddiadau mudiant chwedlau gwerin Cymreig i raglenni dogfen a ffilmiau theithio amser. Mae pob ysgol yn mynd i cael y cyfle i weld eu ffilm a ddangosir ar y sgrin fawr ac yna’n pleidleisio dros eu hoff yn y Gwobr y Gynulleidfa. Dyfarniadau eraill Rhoddwyd trwy panel beirniaid yr Wyl o gwneuthurwyr ffilmiau – Greg David (Animeiddio Dydd Sul Planet), Simon Worley (Jones y fideo) a Sharron Harries (Curious Ostrich Productions).

Yr enillwyr oedd:

Ffilm Orau: R.C. Teilo yn Ysgol, Dinbych y Pysgod
Animeiddiad Gorau: Enw Sanctaidd Abergwaun R.C. Ysgol
Mae’r Wobr Ffilm-Maker Young Annibynnol: Dylan Allman o Cleddau Reach VC Ysgol
Gwobr y Gynulleidfa: R.C. Teilo yn Ysgol, Dinbych y Pysgod

Dywedodd y trefnydd Gŵyl Ffilm, Duncan Whitehurst,, “Bob blwyddyn, rydym wedi gweld safon y ffilmiau ac animeiddiadau gloywi cymorth gan y cysylltiadau a wnaed gennym gyda gweithwyr proffesiynol y diwydiant ffilm. Ysgolion Sir Benfro wedi cael eu hysbrydoli i roi cynnig ar ffilm ac animeiddio gan ei fod yn galluogi plant i ddysgu sgiliau technegol a gwneud cais creadigrwydd a dychymyg i bynciau ar draws y cwricwlwm. Mae athrawon wedi darganfod bod pobl ifanc drwy wneud ffilmiau yn dysgu trwy brofiad a gallu datblygu hyder a sgiliau gweithio mewn tîm ymarferol. Arddangos ysgolion ffilmiau ar ddiwedd y flwyddyn yn ffordd o ddathlu llwyddiant gwblhau prosiect ac mae’n rhoi cyfle i weld ei gilydd gwneuthurwyr ffilm ‘gwaith a rhannu syniadau. ”

Gallwch weld ffilmiau ac animeiddiadau eleni drwy fynd i’r adran Movies Ysgol y safle hwn ac yn ddewis ysgol o’r gwymplen. Mae’r rhan ffilmiau ysgol hefyd yn cynnwys pob ffilm o bob ysgol a gynhyrchwyd ers y digwyddiad a ddechreuwyd yn 2006.

Film Festival 2015 Entry Forms

awardsHere are the entry forms and consent forms for this year’s Film and Animation Festival. The closing date for entries is the 8th June – however, if you have a school project that is running late please let us know because we can be flexible. We’d rather have your film a bit late than not at all!

** Final deadline for entries now extended to the 29th June **

Film Festival 2015

Film Festival 2015 Cymraeg

2015 Pembrokeshire Schools Film and Animation Festival

poscar1The 9th Pembrokeshire schools Film and Animation Festival will be running this year. The closing date for entries is the 8th June and the Oscars-style screening of entries will take place at the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven on the 8th July.

Entries should be no longer than 3 minutes (we will accept longer films, but will only show and excerpt of the film. Keeping to 3 minutes also allows your school to enter your film into national competitions which usually have a 3-5 minute limit depending on the competition).

Primary Schools can enter up to 2 films/animations.
Secondary Schools can enter up to 4 films/animations.

As usual, there is no theme for entries, but we usually make suggestions for schools that would like some ideas. For example, how about a short film or animation based on a poem (e.g. Haikus), a Mini Saga, or a famous quotation? If you produced a short film about climate change there is another competition currently running which you could enter it into (follow this link to find out more). You may also already have made some films you’ve made in lessons – e.g. of the recent solar eclipse, sports reports, time lapse of plants growing, explaining a mathematical problem or a guide with tips on how to spell difficult words – that, with a bit of editing, look great!

The Festival will also be seeking entries from young film-makers produced outside of school. So, we would be grateful if you could print out the posters attached to this post and display them in school, or show your students this blog post.

It would help me to know how many schools are considering entering this year. I’d be grateful if you could let me know if your school is planning to produce a film or animation by sending a short e-mail to duncan.whitehurst@pgfl.org.uk

Keep an eye on the Festival blog for more information about the event – we’ll be adding entry forms and other bits and pieces very soon. Good luck with your film-making!


Film Festival Poster 2015

Film Festival Poster Cymraeg 2015

Quick film-making guide:

Into Film Festival

intofilmThe Into Film Festival is the world’s largest annual free film festival for young people. A celebration of film and education, it supports Into Film’s vision to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development.

Into Film’s aim is to help educators bring learning to life for 5-19 year olds across the UK by inspiring young people to watch, make and understand film in new and creative ways. To support this, the Festival provides thousands of free film activities, workshops and cinema experiences to engage and entertain young people and educators alike.

Festival films, events and resources support a wide array of curricular areas including English, Film and Media studies, History, Citizenship and Modern Foreign Languages. Additionally, many of the films screened have multiple cross-curricular links.

In Pembrokeshire, the Torch Theatre is screening Hedd Wynn (Secondary) on November 4th and the excellent Iron Giant (Primary) on November 5th. Theatr Gwaun is showing Khumba (Primary) and Much Ado About Nothing (Secondary)  on November 12th and the Iron Giant (Primary) and Les Enfants de Timpelbach (Primary/Secondary) on the 19th. To book any of your classes into these screenings follow this link to the festival site: http://www.intofilm.org/festival

Top Prize for Sageston School at the Media4Schools Welsh Film Awards


Pupils from Sageston School won the coveted title of Best Overall Film at the Media4Schools Welsh Film Awards today – and if that wasn’t enough, they also won the award for best camera work! Five other schools – Stackpole, Portfield, Neyland, Ysgol y Preseli and Templeton were also shortlisted out of over 100 entries and travelled up to Cardiff to soak up the incredible atmosphere of a prestigious awards ceremony at the Millennium Centre. Templeton school also had the nice surprise of being shortlisted for being shortlisted for the Best Overall Film in the Competition. The Pembrokeshire Schools Film Festival would like to thank all of the talented schools who entered this competition and helped to put the work of Pembrokeshire’s young film-makers, literally, on the national stage. Sageston are pictured above receiving one of their awards and, in case you haven’t seen it, here’s their winning film “Right Here, Right Now!”:

6 Schools Shortlisted for the Media4Schools Welsh Film Awards!

Pupils from five Pembrokeshire Schools have been shortlisted for the Media4Schools Welsh Film Awards and will travel to Cardiff next week to represent Pembrokeshire at the prestigious awards ceremony at the Millennium Centre. The winning films will be shown on the big screen to a wide audience full of industry professionals. The awards are now in their tenth year and continue to enjoy the sponsorship of Sony UK and S4C.

The Pembrokeshire schools shortlisted are:

Neyland CP School (Best Edited Film) “All the World’s a Stage”
Stackpole School (Best Camera Work) “The Monster”
Sageston School (Best Edited Film and Best Overall Film Primary)“Right Here, Right Now!”
Templeton CP School (Best Animation and Best Overall Film in the Competition) “I Don’t Want to go to School!”
Portfield School (Best Animation)”The Rescue”
Danny Tose from Ysgol y Preseli (Best Animation) “Dandelion”

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted schools – you’re a credit to the Pembrokeshire Schools Film Festival! You can see all 6 successful entries on the Featured Movies page (and this post features Templeton’s animation “I Don’t Want to go to School!”).