Talented filmmakers from Argyll made it into shortlist for FilmG competition

A fantastic array of films by talented filmmakers, schools and community groups from across Argyll have made it into the shortlists for this year’s Gaelic short film competition – FilmG.

Judges had a tough job whittling down the impressive field of a record 103 entries, who were all competing for the top prizes. Christine Morrison, a documentary producer with 25 years of experience was on this year’s Youth judging panel. She said: “It was a pleasure to watch the many original, inventive films made by talented young filmmakers as a member of the FilmG 12 – 17 youth category judging panel. Competition was tough as film-makers tackled a wide range of subject matter with verve and style.”

The shortlists showcase a wide variety of film styles, from time travelling comedy and classic who-dunnits to bicycle travelogues, historical documentaries and commentary on social media and the Gaelic language itself.

This year’s theme for entries was “Treòraich”, meaning ‘guide, or lead’, and was interpreted by the filmmakers in a variety of clever, funny, serious and inspiring ways. In the hotly-contested Youth category, which received a record 75 entries this year, Ardnamurchan High School in Acharacle received four separate nominations for their two highly entertaining films. ‘Reòite’, which involves time travelling using a whisk, has been nominated in both the Best Film and FilmG International Representative categories, while pupil Parker Dawes has received a Best Performance nomination. ‘An Cuach, Na h-Iuchraichean agus an Dròn’, which was produced by the Gaelic learners class, and also involves a bit of time travelling, this time with a quaich, has been nominated for the FilmG Award for Gaelic Learners.

Tobermory High School also picked up two nominations for their football film, ‘Alasdair Dionghmhalta’. Alongside a nomination in the FilmG Award for Learners category, pupil Cailean MacLean has also been nominated for Best Performance.

Ìle Bheò, a drama group formed of Gaelic learners from Islay High School, have also been nominated in the FilmG Award for Gaelic Learners category for their film ‘Bodach na Mòine’, where a young blogger uncovers another side to the booming tourist industry on the island.

Talented individual filmmakers have also been recognised in the Youth category. Annie Sìne NicNìll from Fort William has been nominated in the Most Creative Production and Best Young Filmmaker categories for her powerful animation, ‘Tarraing’, about a young boy going off to war, while Thomas Young of Dunoon, received a Best Documentary nomination for his film ‘Eachdraidh Dhòmhnaill MhicLeòid’, a film about the world famous piper Donald MacLeod, MBE.

In the Open category, eight filmmakers picked up at least two nominations each. Tiree’s Eoghan MacIllEathain has been nominated in both the Film Dùthchais as Fheàrr and Best Industry Director categories for his film Tìr an Eòrna, which looks at Tiree’s whisky making past, and how the industry is seeing a revival on the island.

Shannon NicIllEathainn of Tobermory has also received two nominations for her film, Seònaid, a documentary about the wonderful Janet MacDonald, who has done so much for Gaelic on Mull. Shannon has been nominated in the Film Dùthchais as Fheàrr category, and also for Best Film.

Oban’s Coinneach Lindsay has been nominated in the Best Script category for his film script, ‘Na Cnàmhan’.

FilmG Project Officer, Ross Christie, said: “It’s encouraging to see entrants from every part of the Gaelic community – from primary and secondary schools, to students, professionals in the industry and amateur filmmakers of all ages. It’s clear that every one of them has a story they want to tell, and FilmG provides the perfect medium for this, and brings the work of Gaelic creatives to the fore.”

Murdo MacSween, Communications Manager for MG ALBA, said: “FilmG is an integral part of the Gaelic media environment, sparking creativity and developing talent to the extent where the next step could be employment and a career working in the sector. The quality of the films has been outstanding this year and it will be an exciting awards ceremony.”

All the shortlists are available to view on the FilmG website, and voting for the People’s Choice Award is still open until the 31st of January. All the winners will be announced at the annual FilmG Awards Ceremony, to be held in the iconic Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on 14th February.

FilmG is the Gaelic short film competition, funded by MG ALBA and delivered by Cànan Graphics Studio on the Isle of Skye. For more information visit, www.filmg.co.uk

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