Gaelic filmmakers flood FilmG with entries

Pupils from Staffin Primary, pictured, were among those who took part. NO F05 Staffin Primary
Children at Staffin Primary School on the Isle of Skye, pictured above, working hard on their film for this year’s competition.

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FilmG, the Gaelic short film competition, has received more than 100 entries.

Budding young filmmakers from across the country have been taking to their cameras to produce inspiring work and FilmG organisers, MG ALBA and Skye-based Cànan Graphics Studio (CGS), have been impressed by the diversity of those entries.

Included among the 104 is the first entry from the Isle of Man in the island’s native Manx Gaelic.

FilmG continues to encourage the use of new technology and support young people with their creative endeavours to produce films whilst developing practical and creative skills through the medium of Gaelic.

Filmmakers were supported with virtual workshops, online resources and Augmented Reality workbooks right up until the deadline.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the national Gaelic development and advisory body, also gave additional support to the project so that young people across Scotland could continue to take part in the workshops and mentoring offerings, despite the Covid-19 restrictions.

Judging this year has also adapted with the times, taking place entirely over video conferencing.

The judges scrutinised each of the entries for storytelling skill, creative use of language and visual impact to create a shortlist of entrants. They will then select the finalists and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday March 19.

There won’t be a physical ‘live’ awards ceremony this year due to Coronavirus so the FilmG awards will be premiered on BBC ALBA for the first time on March 19.

The ceremony will be filmed in Stornoway this year and presented by Fiona Mackenzie and Niall Iain MacDonald.

Debbie MacKay, project manager at CGS, said: ‘With the number of entries we’ve accepted this year, the FilmG judges had quite a job on their hands.’

She said the quality had been remarkable, and it had been evident how much work and enjoyment went into making the films.

‘Shortlisting and choosing winners will be no easy task,’ she added.

Project supervisor Murdo MacSween, communications manager at MG ALBA, said: ‘Like many similar events, FilmG faced it’s most uncertain year ever in 2020 and to see a record number of entries shows how much the competition is valued.

‘The feedback we’re getting from schools and filmmakers show just how important it is that young Gaels have creative outlets like this and we’re incredibly proud of everyone involved.’

Voting is open across both the Youth and Open categories and can be found on the FilmG website: filmg.co.uk