Media Release: Michelle McManus to be guest presenter at national Gaelic Film Awards


MG ALBA will next month (Friday 9th March) be celebrating its annual Gaelic screen talent awards, FilmG, at The Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow.

This event has become a highlight in the creative and broadcasting industry calendar and a limited amount of tickets has now been made available to the public who will have the opportunity to mingle with Scottish TV stars and industry professionals, as well as meet some of the promising film-makers and actors of the future.

An array of special guests will be in attendance to present awards including singer-songwriter and television presenter Michelle McManus, who has started learning Gaelic since being the subject of a BBC ALBA documentary and has subsequently joined the Govan Gaelic Choir.

Television stars who will be presenting awards alongside Michelle McManus include actor and producer, Tony Kearney and STV weatherman, Sean Batty.

Fiona MacKenzie, continuity broadcaster for BBC ALBA and Sarah Cruickshank, BBC Birmingham weather girl will, for the second year running, be the main event presenters hosting this year’s ceremony.

Popular Gaelic television presenter, Anne Morrison will be presenting two awards in the adult category, with the Dè a-nis? duo, Siobhan MacInnes and Derek McIntosh awarding a number of prizes in the 12-17 competition.

Joining the line-up of special guest presenters will be the fantastic up-and-coming alternative folk band ‘Donald McDonald & the Islands’, kicking off the event with their single ‘Blown Away’ and providing entertainment throughout the ceremony.

The event promises to be a night not to miss. Tickets are now available to the public on a first-come first-served basis, so please contact if you’d like to attend this prestigious event at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow on Friday 9th March at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start.

All entries in this year’s competition, as well as the shortlisted films, can be viewed online on the FilmG website


Picture caption: (left to right) Main event presenters, Sarah Cruickshank, BBC Birmingham weather girl and Fiona MacKenzie, continuity broadcaster for BBC ALBA with guest presenter Michelle McManus.

For more information on FilmG visit or contact the team directly at or 01471 888 508. Alternatively contact Lorna Gardner at Media House on 0141 220 6040 /

Notes to editors:

About FilmG

FilmG is MG ALBA’s Gaelic media shorts competition to seek out and nurture new on-screen and off-screen talent for BBC ALBA and new media. The competition is open to anybody over 12 to make a three to five minute short film in Gaelic. Visit for more information.

FilmG is project managed by Cànan, the award winning design, language and creative media company based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye. For more information visit


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