FilmG reaches double figures!

Highland Council supported a major prize of the evening ‘Mar a Thachair do Dh’fhear a Sgur a Dhol dhan Eaglais’
Highland Council supported a major prize of the evening ‘Mar a Thachair do Dh’fhear a Sgur a Dhol dhan Eaglais’

The annual National Gaelic short film competition FilmG awards ceremony was held in Glasgow, Old Fruit Market where they celebrated 10 years of MG Alba’s Gaelic short film competition.  The first ever FilmG event took place in Eden Court, Inverness. FilmG is delivered by Cànan, the multi-media company who are based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye. 

The competition is open to all ages and aims to encourage grassroots Gaelic storytelling through film-making.

More than 650 short films, including animations and sports commentaries, have been entered since FilmG was established.

Due to the success Gairloch High School enjoyed in the 2017 FilmG competition, FilmG launched their 2018 call for entries on June 22nd at Gairloch High.

A theme is set for each year's competition. The theme chosen for this year’s FilmG was "fìrinn" meaning truth.

There were a number of categories, which included Drama Music Video, Animation, Drama/Comedy, Other, Comedy, Film Dùthchais, Sport Commentary, Documentary, Mobile Short.

Councillor Alister Mackinnon, Chair of Highland Council’s Corporate Resources Committee and Chair of the Council’s Gaelic Strategy Implementation Group said: “I wish to congratulate FilmG on reaching its 10th birthday. It is evident that this is a hugely successful initiative which contributes to Gaelic development as it offers opportunities for young people who are learning Gaelic a platform to be both creative and aspiring.”

He continued, “I am delighted that so many schools in the Highlands have taken the opportunity to participate in FilmG, and I wish to take this opportunity to thank the teachers, and the FilmG staff for supporting the young people and encouraging them to believe that they can produce top quality films using multi-media tools and Gaelic is central to the production. I congratulate the winners and also wish to extend my congratulations to the many Highland schools that were also short listed.”   

There were 75 submissions from schools across the Country of which 17 were from Highland schools.

The entries were as follows: Alness Academy, Millburn Academy (2 entries), Mallaig High, Ardnamurchan High (2 entries), IRA, Gairloch High, Portree High (2 entries), Tain Royal Academy, Nairn Academy, Ullapool High, Lochaber High, Dingwall Academy, Plockton Primary, and Culloden Academy.

Well done to Anndra Cumming from Gairloch High, who scooped Best Sports Commentary Award. Congratulations to Eòin Cumming, also from Gairloch High, who is Anndra’s brother. Eòin took home Best Mobile Short Film.

A huge congratulations to Portree High School, for their film “Fuaim a’ Bhlàir” for winning the Best Script award.

The Highland Council is delighted that Millburn Academy has taken home the prize for Most Creative Production.

Lana Beaton from the Isle of Skye, a previous student of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and now studying BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen at Edinburgh Napier University,  had an exceptional evening winning 2 awards – Best Performance and Best Student Film – for her film ‘Coig Puing a Trì’.  She also made it onto three short lists and won the People’s Choice award as voted by the public on the FilmG website. 

Highland Council supported a major prize of the evening ‘Mar a Thachair do Dh’fhear a Sgur a Dhol dhan Eaglais’, by John Murdo MacAulay, Laura and Paul for their modern twist on a traditional tale.

For further information contact gaelic@highland.gov.uk

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12 Feb 2018
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