Media release: Gaelic short film awards, on Friday night


NOMINEES for this year’s FilmG awards are practising their speeches and steadying their nerves ahead of the annual event in Glasgow’s spectacular Old Fruitmarket this Friday, 14th February, where over 400 attendees will enjoy a night of glitz, glamour and Gaelic.

This year’s short film competition saw a record 103 entries, with 48 films nominated to compete for the 18 awards.

Amongst the prizes on offer this year is the inaugural FilmG International Representative award, which will go to the most creative and best directed film in the Youth category. The winners of this award will travel to the CIAK Junior Film Festival which takes place annually in Italy.

Four films are in the running for this prestigious award; Ardnamurchan High School with their film Reòite, Gairloch High School for their film Beul na h-Oidhche, Sgoil lionacleit in Benbecula with An Cogar and a group from Feisean nan Gàidheal’s drama summer school with their film An Dealbh-chluich.

Also featuring on this year’s shortlists are current sensations Peat & Diesel who are busy on their sold-out UK tour.

Peat & Diesel – Am Fiolm, Nicolson Institute’s biography of three young boys who dream of being music stars, is in the running for Best Film. The raucous trio also inspired another film in this year’s entries, Meadowburn Primary School’s Deat & Piesel.

The whole event can be watched LIVE on Facebook from 1930, and the highlights on BBC ALBA on Friday 21st February from 21.30.

FilmG is run by MG ALBA and Skye-based media company, Cànan Graphics Studio, to encourage the growth of Gaelic media talent.

Garry Noakes, business development manager at Cànan Graphics Studio, said: “A record number of entries have been received for FilmG 12 and the highest number of public votes yet in the People’s Choice competition. The quality of entry has been excellent displaying high levels of imagination and
invention with creativity and originality coming to the fore. It is fantastic to see the wealth of talent that exists in the world of Gaelic film.”

Now in its 12th year, FilmG has been the platform for many people now working within the Gaelic TV and film industry.

MG ALBA’s communication manager, Murdo MacSween, said: “These awards give us a glimpse of the future of Gaelic media and I’m sure we’ll be hearing the names of these nominees and winners over the coming years. The quality of films this year is fantastic and this will surely inspire others to take part and to make more Gaelic content.”

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