FilmG, MG ALBA’s highly successful Gaelic online short film competition, in which locals scooped top awards at last year’s finals, is launching this year’s theme with a mini-competition.
Each year the FilmG competition creates a theme to inspire new ideas, and this year’s theme will be announced on 16th June. However, before that you can get involved in the ‘Guess the Theme’ competition and be in with a chance of winning a £200 prize. The image revealed here is one of three images created to reflect this year’s theme, and these images will be your clues in the competition.
To take part, and to see the remaining two images, send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org, or find us at FilmG Alba, on Facebook. This year’s theme and the winner of the £200 prize will be revealed on Thursday 16th June.
FilmG inspires anyone over the age of 12 to make a three to five minute short film in Gaelic. Non-Gaelic speakers and learners of the language are particularly encouraged to get involved, with language help available through the FilmG support programme, TàlantG. Two main categories exist within the competition, one for Adults and one for 12-17 year olds, and with fantastic cash and industry experience prizes, the competition culminates in a grand awards ceremony which celebrates the talent behind the films.
Winners in last year’s FilmG included pupils from Millburn Academy in the city, who picked up the award for Best Script in the 12-17 category for their film ‘Caoracnaphobia’, while Kenneth MacLeod, who played the lead role in the film, took home a New Faces New Voices award for his performance.
Another winner of a New Faces New Voices award was Megan Dale of Dingwall Academy, for her animated performance as the cookery competition host in ‘Cogadh nan Còcairean’. Also winners on the night were Jenny Forbes of Farr, Strathnairn, who won both Best Student Film and Best Student Director, and her brother and co-star Alasdair Forbes, who took home the Best Performance Award, for the film ‘Obair Là’.
Two other awards went to Inverness-based filmmakers Cathey Reece and Kirree Seddon who won Best Factual Short for their film ‘Bho Blythswood le Gaol’ and Shawn Hastings, a newcomer to FilmG, who picked up the FilmG Theme award for his film ‘Làmh an Uachdar’.
FilmG also offers training for those keen to get involved, but who perhaps have no previous experience of making a film. This year’s training opportunities will kick off in September with a full weekend of film-making workshops based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye; including script development, directing, camera basics, sound recording and editing, followed by a full programme of Adult and 12-17 workshops throughout Scotland. Full details of all training opportunities, along with an array of online resources are available on the FilmG website, at www.filmg.co.uk.