THE staff and pupils of Cappabue National School are celebrating after winning a major award at the Fresh Film Festival 2019 in Limerick. The school was the junior winner of the 2019 Radharc Award for Heritage and Documentary by Young Filmmakers in Ireland.
Their entry, ‘A Blast From The Past,’ featured parents and grandparents recounting their childhood experiences, while pupils recreated these stories through their own drawings and pictures. The film was the only entry from a primary school in Cork selected for screening at the awards.
The judges praised the film for ‘engaging stories of adult memory and nostalgia illustrated with creative drawings by young students.’ The award was then presented by TV and film personality Pat Shortt to the ecstatic pupils and staff of Cappabue NS. This film is the latest in a long line of movie productions from the school, which have won multiple awards both nationally and internationally.
Norma Healy, principal of Cappabue NS, commended the parents, grandparents, staff and friends of the school for their input, encouragement and support in bringing this latest production to fruition. She thanked particularly Victor Hayes from Bantry and Dunmanway School Completion Programme for his role in mentoring and inspiring the pupils in the school.
The film captures, in a unique and authentic way, the life experiences of past generations, portraying moments of sentimentality, poignancy and hilarity in equal measures. She added that filmmaking brings learning to life as it embraces so many elements of the learning process engaged in on a daily basis in the school.
An evening of celebration is planned in the school for next term.