Lav­ish new build­ing for fledg­ling film-mak­ers

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - By Don­ald Clarke

Some ex­cel­lent news has come the way of the Na­tional Film School (NFS). On Mon­day, Batt O’Ke­effe TD, the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Sci­ence, con­firmed that the Gov­ern­ment is to fund the construction of a lav­ish new build­ing for the school – cur­rently part of the Dún Laoghaire In­sti­tute of Art, De­sign & Tech­nol­ogy – at its Kill Av­enue Cam­pus.

An­nounc­ing the new project, O’Ke­effe said that the “ex­ist­ing Na­tional Film School has pro­duced a con­sis­tently high level of achieve­ment for its stu­dent films na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally”.

Sure enough, 17 of the nom­i­nees for to­mor­row’s Ir­ish Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards are grad­u­ates of the school, and, just two weeks ago, fur­ther alumni were hon­oured at the Sun­dance Fes­ti­val when Ken Wardrop’s His & Hers won the World Cin­ema Cin­e­matog­ra­phy Doc­u­men­tary award.

Don­ald Tay­lor Black, creative di­rec­tor of the in­sti­tu­tion, was de­lighted at the news. “It’s been in the plan­ning for quite a num­ber of years,” he said. “It’s good that this has hap­pened in the mid­dle of a re­ces­sion. It keeps every­one’s morale up. Also, it’s fit­ting that this comes 25 years af­ter we first started teach­ing the art of film-mak­ing.”

If you want to get an idea of the ma­te­rial pro­duced by the NFS, then check out the ret­ro­spec­tive of grad­u­ates’ work at the Jame­son Dublin In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val tonight. The screen­ings kick off at 6.30pm in the IFI.

Ken Wardrop’s Sun­dance Fes­ti­val prize-winning doc­u­men­tary His & Hers: many of the key peo­ple who worked on the film are grad­u­ates of the Ir­ish Film School

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