COSfest Short Film Festival at Cumberland High School

Stars on show: Participants of COSfest Short Film Festival 2017 from Rydalmere East, Ermington West and Carlingford West primary schools with Cumberland High School students. Picture: Isabella Lettini
Stars on show: Participants of COSfest Short Film Festival 2017 from Rydalmere East, Ermington West and Carlingford West primary schools with Cumberland High School students. Picture: Isabella Lettini

Parents, teachers and students flocked to Cumberland High School on Thursday night for the premiere of the COSfest Short Film Festival.

As part of Cumberland High School’s Community of Schools program, the red carpet event saw some of the students’ most captivating and creative short films on show.

This year’s theme for film-makers was ‘water’, and participants included kindergarten to year 12 students from Cumberland High School, James Ruse Agricultural High School, Burnside, Carlingford, Carlingford West, Dundas, Ermington West, Oatlands, Rydalmere, Rydalmere East and Yates Avenue public schools.

Cumberland High School principal Mechel Pikoulas said the festival was designed to invest in combined professional learning opportunities for staff and enrich project-based initiatives for students to enhance their learning experiences.

“All the schools in the area are one in the same community, and we share common goals to enhance the learning and outcomes of our students,” she said.

“Working as a collective and drawing from the expertise across the 11 schools is really brewing some magic from the students, and that can be seen through the outcomes of the films made in the COSfest Short Film Festival.”

Ermington West Public School teacher Isabella Britten said making these films developed student confidence and improved their understanding of visual literacies. “During the entire film-making process students were involved in critical thinking and problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation,” Ms Britten said.

Year 8 Cumberland High School student Pat Ryan filmed his holiday with his sister, Georgia.

“It helped that this year’s theme was water because we spent most of our school holidays at the beach – mostly fishing and water skiing,” the 14-year-old said.

“Even though we didn’t win, the film was well received. There was a couple of nice cheers and claps after everyone watched it.”

Georgia said the pair used Adobe Premiere Pro to produce their film. “It was a great experience,” she said. “I recommend for everyone to get involved next year.”