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Lana and Hannah

BBC ALBA stars, Lana Pheutan and Hannah McKirdy, are set to host Gaelic film's biggest night of the year: the FilmG Awards.

The presenters will oversee the awards ceremony on Friday (23 February) where winners will be crowned for the 16th annual iteration of the Gaelic short-film competition.

While the awards were historically held at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow and hosted by BBC ALBA stalwarts Fiona MacKenzie and Niall Iain MacDonald, the event this year takes place at the SEC with Lana and Hannah welcoming the audience of almost 500 filmmakers, industry professionals and FilmG devotees.

Lana and Hannah themselves participated in FilmG over the years, both picking up awards that helped propel them into their media careers. Hannah picked up a Best Performance trophy in 2017 for Cheating our Language while Lana has won numerous awards, including winning two in 2017 (Best Comedy and People’s Choice Award), three in 2018 (Best Performance, Best Student Film and People’s Choice Award) and the prestigious Best Film award in 2019 for her film Sòlas.

Since then, Lana and Hannah have worked together regularly, as actors, podcasters and most recently as co-creators and stars of the BBC ALBA mockumentary Glan Fhèin, and as co-hosts of the successful BBC Radio nan Gàidheal podcast Fad Botal Fìon.

Lana Pheutan said: “This is the first year that myself and Hannah are presenting the FilmG Awards and I’m really excited, and a bit nervous, for what has historically been a fantastic night. We’ve both attended many FilmG ceremonies over the years and it’s always a great chance for young Gaelic speakers to meet, mingle, and celebrate the language. It’s up to us to keep the crowd entertained whilst guiding the FilmG nominees through a seamless night of celebrating Gaelic short films.”

Hannah McKirdy said: “FilmG is a fantastic vehicle for developing Gaelic talent, and Lana and I both benefited from the experience we gained through creating films, writing scripts, and later winning awards. This year, over 50 films have been shortlisted across the categories, which demonstrates the wealth of Gaelic Filmmaking talent in Scotland and beyond. We know exactly how excited and nervous the nominees will be - we've been in their shoes - so Lana and I will be there on the night to ensure everyone has a good time.”

Born in the Isle of Skye, Lana is a fluent Gàidhlig-speaking actor, writer and singer who has starred in FUNC, Bannan, OMC! and Scot Squad amongst many other credits. Lana is also a singer, frequently collaborating with award-winning Scottish Electronic band, Valtos.

From Glasgow, Hannah McKirdy is a Gàidhlig-speaking actor, writer, and presenter known for her roles in FUNC, Bannan and OMC! Hannah is also a presenter, researcher and director on CBBC ALBA Children’s programming for BBC ALBA.

As well as writing for sketch shows FUNC and OMC!, Lana and Hannah last year co-created and starred in Glan Fhèin, a mockumentary sitcom series about a cleaning company for short-term holiday lets.

Along with Rachel Ellen MacKay, Lana and Hannah also host Fad Botal Fìon, a monthly BBC Sounds podcast from BBC Radio nan Gàidheal where the trio discuss a wide-range of subjects over a bottle of wine.

The FilmG Awards will take place on the evening of Friday 23 February in the Lomond Auditorium of the SEC in Glasgow.

\The awards will be live-streamed to BBC ALBA’s YouTube and FilmG’s Facebook, with a highlights programme to be broadcast two days later on BBC ALBA (8pm on Sunday 25 February): https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001wsfr