Media Awards: FilmG, the national Gaelic film awards

A SHORT film about unrealised love has been named the People’s Choice in a competition recognising the best of Gaelic language film and broadcasting.

‘Bean A’ Chotain Ruaidh’ (The Woman in the Red Coat) received the accolade at the sixth FilmG, national Gaelic film awards, at a ceremony on Friday evening, in Glasgow.

The film was made by Pole, Dariusz Sipowski, now living in Glasgow. His film was named ‘people’s choice’ following an online vote.

The National Gaelic Film Awards are also known as FilmG.

This year’s competition theme was ‘Rùn’ (Love/secret/intention), and resulted in 76 entries.

The awards were broken into two divisions: 12-17 year-old and adult.

The winners’ list reads:

People’s Choice Award

‘Bean A’ Chotain Ruaidh’ (The Woman in the Red Coat), by Dariusz Sipowski

12-17 year-old category winners

Best Performance: Alison MacVicar, Oban High School, who plays Morag in ‘Thoir an Aire!’ (Watch out!)

Best Film: Ulapool High School for ‘Droch-rùn’ (Bad Intent)

Best Production: Sgoil Lionacleit for ‘An Tòimhseachan’ (The Riddle)

FilmG Theme Award: Castlebay High School, Isle of Barra for ‘An Càirdeas Carach’ (The Fickle Friendship)

FilmG Award for Gaelic: Castlebay High School, Isle of Barra for ‘An Càirdeas Carach’ (The Fickle Friendship)

Best Music Video: Dingwall Academy for ‘Ailean Dubh às Lòchaidh’ (Dark-haired Allan of Lochy)

Adult category winners:

Best Community Film: Youth group, Tàirneanaich & Comunn na Gàidhlig’s Gaelic Initiative for North West Lewis for their comedy, ‘Suirghe leis na Siaraich: Pàirt 2’ (Courting on the Westside: Part 2)

Best Student Film: Fiona McAndrew, a student at Lews Castle College in Benbecula for her music video, ‘Gàidhlig mo Rùn’ (Gaelic my Love)

Best Drama: Paul Moran from Falkirk for ‘Latha Eile, Saoghal Eile’ (Another Day, Another Life)

Best Music Video: Phil Todd from Caithness, who now lives in Glasgow for ‘Còmhla Riut-sa’ (Along with you)

Best Performance: Will Murray from Glasgow for his role in ‘Coileach-Peucaig’ (Peacock)

FilmG Theme Award: Alberto Iondanov, Laura Shand & Michael McIlroy – all students at Edinburgh College of Art for ‘Chaidh mo Bhràthair airson Suiteis’ ( My Brother Went for Sweets)

Best Documentary: Dòmhnall Eòghainn MacKinnon from Harris for ‘An Sgoil Bheag mu Dheireadh’ (The Last Little School)

Special Mentions:

Keith Patrick Stringer and Eric MacDonald from the Isle of Lewis for their drama film ‘Taigh a’ Mhuirt’ (Home Kill)

Cameron Ross, from Ellishadder on the Isle of Skye for his documentary, ‘Dìneasaran air an Eilean Sgitheanach’ (Dinosaurs on the Isle of Skye)

Jill McCubbin and students of Glasgow Kelvin College for their comedy ‘An Luchd-Ionnsachaidh’ (The Learners)

Karen Mackenzie, a student at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, for her drama short, ‘Seachd Là den Ghaol Òg’ (Seven Days of Young Love)