Naoise is one of The Ark Children's Council who spent a month earlier this year as the Children's Jury of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. Here she reflects on the experience of being on the jury.
Naoise (far left) in the launch photcall for ADIFF 2017
When I heard that I would be part of the ADIFF childrens jury, I was excited, I was not expecting the mini cinema and the comfortable seats, it was not at all what I had expected, it was even better.
The Children's Jury in the IFCO screening room ahead of the first film screening
It was a great experience, from getting to watch films in a small, warm, comfortable and quiet room to seeing the films with friends. Not only were the films entertaining, they were different. Some were silent, some were in a different language, some were animated and some were documentaries about real people and real life.
My favourite film was Zip and Zap and the Captains Island because it was adventurous and fun to watch. There was lots of great films that I could have picked to win the award but me and most of the jury liked this one the best.
It was a wonderful experience, I got to see films that I may not have got to see if I was not part of The Ark Childrens Council.
Watch the Children's Jury deliberation process and announcement of the winning films:
The Children's Jury was part of the Fantastic Flix children's strand in the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.