Pupils from schools in Argyll, representing Ardnamurchan, Oban, Tobermory and the Isle of Coll, are in the running to win national Gaelic short film awards after submitting entries in the fifth annual FilmG competition.
FilmG, MG ALBA’s Gaelic online media shorts competition, has announced this year’s short-listed films, ahead of the FilmG Awards ceremony which takes place next month at The Arches, Glasgow.
Pupils from Ardnamurchan High School have been successful in making the short-list for their film, Na Scallops (The Scallops). The Scallops are a down-on-their luck and frankly useless rock group until an encounter with a mysterious stranger elevates them to rock stardom. The film, produced by S5 pupils, is up for Best Drama Short Award.
Another entry from the same school, An Crìochnachair (The Terminator) has made the short-list with S4 pupil, Duncan MacRae Foxley, up for Best Performance. The film sees a young boy reading too many comics and watching too much television, so what use will he be with the Terminator (An Crìochnachair)?
An entry by pupils at Oban High School, An Làmh a bheir, ‘s i a gheibh (What Goes Around Comes Around) has been short-listed for Best Drama. This film was produced by Higher and Advanced Higher pupils; and features Gillian Mackechnie who’s up for Best Performance. Mairi and Seumas are in love. They have a new born baby and have never been so happy. However, Mairi’s sister, who is played by Gillian is envious of their happiness. In the blink of an eye something terrible happens and the family is never the same again.
Also up for awards in the FilmG Theme and Best Performance categories is the film submitted by S4 pupils at Tobermory High School, Tha an t-acras gam tholladh (I’m famished with hunger). The film features PC Biastal who’s not having a good day in the office because someone has stolen his doughnuts. Angus MacLennan who plays PC Biastal is up for the Best Performance Award.
Shortlisted for the Best Community Award is the film entered by Fèis Cholla titled An Cridhe – Eilean Cholla (The Heart – Isle of Coll) takes a look at the new hall, An Cridhe, opening on the Isle of Coll and which provides a great excuse for the community to get together.
The jury panel comprised BBC ALBA executives and experienced broadcast industry producers and directors from across Scotland. This year’s FilmG theme was ‘Acras/Miann’ (Hunger/Desire) which inspired an array of new ideas for filmmakers making it an exciting yet difficult job for the jury to pick out the best from this year’s entries.
The judges were particularly impressed with the entries in the 12-17 categories. Gaelic broadcaster, Derek “Pluto” Murray, one of the panellists says: ‘It was an honour to be involved in the adjudication of this prestigious event and it certainly has caught the children’s imagination.
‘Entries were varied as you’d expect and I’m sure that with continued support the children will realise the benefits of competing and indeed improve the standards year on year. Making the difficult choices of recognising award winners was a challenge but I am confident that we have made the correct decisions.’
Michael Hines, director and FilmG judge, says: ‘I, along with the other judges, was very impressed with the overall quality of the entrants’ work. In this year’s FilmG competition there has been a marked raising of the bar in the technical expertise shown and it was a real delight to be able to enjoy all of these great stories. It demonstrates there is a real passion in those entering the competition for telling stories and it was a difficult job deciding on the short list.’
Voting is still open until 1st March for this year’s ‘People’s Choice’ Award, so visit the FilmG website here where you will find all of this year’s FilmG entries as well as a breakdown of the short-listed films in each category.
The prestigious awards ceremony will take place at the renowned cultural venue, The Arches, Glasgow on Friday 22 March, where live entertainment will be provide by Gaelic indie-folk band Macanta, whilst an array of special guests will be there to present awards.