Noel Aungier (Television & Digital Film Student) won the Comedy and Entertainment award for his film “Trixie”.
Sean Cunningham, Patrick Kavanagh, Padraig Byrne & Nicole Storck won the Animation award for their Animation “Define Intervention”.
The RTS ROI awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 15th February in RTE Studios. The awards were presented by Dee Forbes, Director General of RTE.
Over the last few months, students of the HND in Illustration have had a number of field trips and guest lecturers to enhance their study. A trip to Athone to visit the Illustrator's Ireland show 'Without The Words' at The Luan Gallery was really inspiring. Students also took part in 'The Big Picture', run by Laureate Na nÓg, PJ Lynch, which involved drawing their own illustrations on the walls of the gallery.
At The National Library, students attended the 'Words Ireland Illustrator's Special', an insigthful panel discussion by illustrators Chris Judge, Olivia Golden and Olwyn Whelan.
We have also had a number of guest lecturers visiting the college to speak to 1st and 2nd year students. Painter, Fergus Ryan, currently exhibiting at The National Gallery Hennessey Prize exhibition, gave a great workshop on the egg tempera technique and spoke about his practice. Illustrator Kevin McSherry gave 'mock' interviews to 2nd years, offering valuable feedback and advice on their portfolios so far and Conor Merriman, Fashion Illustrator, spoke about his work and taught a Lifedrawing class, demonstrating his various approaches to drawing the figure.
The latest draft of the summer exam schedules can now be downloaded.
One of our our former Traditional Music students Daoiri Farrell has just received 3 nominations for the BBC Folk Awards 2017. The categories in which Daoiri received a nomination are
The ceremony is in the Royal Albert Hall on the 5th April. Daoiri called in to the college to share his good news with the Traditional Music Students.
The Ceoltóir course had Kevin Burke in doing a workshop last week. Kevin is an ex member of The Bothy band (and many other bands), is the current recipient of the Gradam Ceoil TG4 (Traditional music's highest award) and apart from being a gent is a living legend.
A short film called 'Trixi', made on the Television and Digital Film course last year, by BCFE student Noel Aungier has been nominated in the Comedy & Entertainment category of the RTS Student film awards. The award ceremony is next Wednesday.
The Official Selection by Animation Dingle 2017 has been announced. The films which will screen at the 5th annual festival in March are: Hannah Cleary's 'All New Twitter', Padraic Byrne's 'Clean Ur Plate', Sean Cunningham's 'Define Intervention', 'Kingdom Platae' by Sinead O'Regan, 'The Banshee's Comb', by Moya McHugh, and Siobhan Catinot's 'Why the Chicken is Used in Sacrifice'.
Congratulations to our students and graduates who worked so diligently on these films with their teams!
Cartoon Saloon the company founded by Ballyfermot College animation graduates Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey have announced a new partnership creating 140 jobs. Read the full story here
Open evening Feb 1st at Ballyfermot College of Further Education, open for applications; a sample of work from the Fibre Art course is show below.
Ballyfermot College of Further Education will be at CDETB CITY EXPO 2017 at Liberties College ( (Liberties College is on Bull Alley Street off Patrick’s Street, D8) on February 7th from 11.30 – 15.00. If you missed our Open Day and would like to find out more about Animation, Music, Television and the wide range of courses in BCFE come along and talk to us at CDETB CITY FET EXPO 2017
The Ceoltóir course had the multi-award winning Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis (pictured above) in last Tuesday for a workshop.
Barry Kennedy, a graduate of Classical Animation, has been nominated for an Annie Award, under 'Outstanding Achievement Character Animation in an Animated TV/ Broadcast Production'. The award ceremony will take place on 3rd February in Los Angeles. Barry works with Mercury Filmworks.
Richie Baneham is a BCFE graduate and won an Oscar for Special effects on the movie Avatar. Richie appeared on the Tommy Tiernan Show on on RTE on 12th January. Follow this link to see what he said.
Congratulations to ADT on their exhibition of sculpture books at this year’s Dublin Book Festival. Each student was asked to respond to their own relationship with books. The exhibition has now been moved to Ballyfermot Library and opens from the 20th December until the 13th of January2017. The sculpture books are placed at various locations in the library.
The BCFE Return to Learning Group are pictured above presenting a cheque for €820, hampers and vouchers to the value of €800 to the St.Vincent De Paul representative Kay Byrne from Ballyfermot Holy Family Conference.
The Annie Award nominations were announced today.There are nominations for Brown Bag Films and Cartoon Saloon (where graduates of BCFE's Irish School of Animation can be found) as well as three separate nominations for individual ISA graduates: Barry Kennedy for his work on 'Atomic Puppet', Terry Bannon for his work on 'Ghostbusters' and Matthias Lechner for his work on 'Zootopia'.
Textile Fibre HND students visit Jennifer Slattery Studios in Dublin for their Professional Practice class. Many thanks to Jennifer for her hospitality, and generosity of spirit.
Three of our past graduates from HND in Fibre Art - Ina Olohan, Grainne Quinn and Mary Wilkie - exhibited their work at Art Source in the RDS, Dublin this November 11th-13th (see samples of the work above). They were successful in selling work and gained enormous experience partaking in this event and receiving feedback from buyers, galleries and the general public. Also, there will be an exciting and varied showcase of work in response to the themes 'Poetry in Stitch & Flora, Fauna and Frippery' by the first and second year Textile Fibre Art Students From BCFE from 7th-30th of November at the main Ballyfermot Library (see poster for the event).
Illustrated by Margaret Anne Suggs, a teacher on our BTEC Illustration HND, 'Pigín of Howth' has won the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book of the Year Awards in the 'Children's Junior' category. The picture book is published by Gill and was launched in the National Gallery earlier this month.
From the Ballyfermot Echo: 'Media graduates from Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE) continue to put themselves, and their college, in the picture, with two former students recently receiving awards and plaudits from various film festivals across the country writes Jesse Melia. The film South, directed by Gerard Walsh, won ‘Best Feature’ at the Fingal Film Festival earlier this month and has also been selected for the upcoming Galway Film Fleadh'.
BAMPM graduate Thomas Russell recently gave a talk to second year journalists about his work in CORE Media, 'Ireland's largest media communications group'.
Animation series 'Peter Rabbit' by Brown Bag Films, and 'Go Jetters' by Giant Animation and Boulder Media have been nominated for Children’s BAFTA Awards (the full list can be viewed here). In more animation news, ISA graduates have won the Audience Choice Award at the Dublin Film Festival for Define Intervention' (above). Congratulations to all on their successes!