A record number of promising and talented filmmakers have submitted entries to FilmG – the national Gaelic short film competition – and they can now be viewed on-line at www.filmg.co.uk.
This is the ninth year of MG ALBA’s competition - and more young filmmakers and school groups are going it alone, without the help of FilmG tutors, than ever before.
Overall, there are 105 entries, including 56 film entries in the Youth section and 25 in the Open category. Voting for films is now open until February – before the winners are announced at FilmG’s awards ceremony, at The Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on February 17, 2017.
It seems FilmG 9 is the year of the spoof, with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s TV Course students giving us their own take on well-known Gaelic shows and Ardnamurchan High School and community group Tàirneanaich, (http://filmg.co.uk/en/films/1321/ ) from the West Side of Lewis, giving BBC ALBA the Gogglebox treatment!
This year’s theme prompted a number of documentaries too, such as Plockton High School’s film which follows the incredible work of Highland Hospice and their own efforts to raise funds for the charity. Especially moving is Kerr Gibb’s documentary ‘Taobh Eile Duilghe’ (Through the Hardship) which follows the work of Italian charity, Operazione Colomba, as they support Syrian refugees in north Lebanon.
After last year saw the introduction of a prize for Best Mobile Short, this year sees mobile entries go from strength to strength with community group Cearcall Fighe Dhùn Èideann (Edinburgh’s Gaelic Knitting Group) documenting the laughs at their weekly meeting in aptly-named ‘Nar Lùban’ (In Stitches) and 12 year-old budding animator Ruairidh Alexander of Gairloch using his phone to create ‘Falach-Fead,’ an entertaining stop-motion about a game of hide and seek.
There has also been a strong response to the newest award for Best Sports Commentary, including from Sgoil Lionacleit in Benbecula, with seven of their pupils covering the Billy MacNeil Cup Final following a taster workshop with sports broadcaster Alex O’ Henley.
Iseabail Mactaggart, Director of Strategy and Partnership at MG ALBA, said:
“This is a significant increase in FilmG entries overall and that is incredibly exciting. New categories like sports commentary have been particularly successful, and that is good news too.”
Project Manager Moira Pugh said: "There really has been a tremendous level of engagement with this year's competition. We are delighted to see filmmakers of all ages making all sorts of films, from historical dramas to mobile phone comedies to sports commentaries that will have fans on the edge of their seats!"
All films can be viewed online at http://filmg.co.uk/en/films/filmg2016/open/. The judges announce their shortlists in the middle of January.