This year’s FilmG theme, ‘Rùn’ (Love/Secret/Intention) inspired an array of new ideas and stories from filmmakers making it an exciting yet difficult job for the jury to pick out the best from this year’s entries.
The jury panels comprised of a variety of BBC ALBA and Freelance industry professionals, including ‘Dè a-nis?’ presenter Derek MacIntosh and previous FilmG winner Elly Welch.
Elly said: “It was a great experience judging this year’s batch of films. Having gone through this process myself I understand how important it is to encourage and recognise new talent, and there was certainly a lot to be excited about this year. Ever film that has made it onto the shortlists is of a very high standard and I hope that as many people as possible enjoy watching the films.”
Schools in the Western Isles have had a particularly strong showing with all four films made by their four high schools being shortlisted in a number of categories. They include, Sgoil Lionacleit’s ‘An Tòimhseachan’ (The Riddle) for Best Production, Best Performance and the FilmG Prize for Gaelic, Castlebay High school’s ‘An Càirdeas Carach’ (The Fickle Friendship) for the FilmG Theme Award and the FilmG Prize for Gaelic, Sir E. Scott’s ‘Ceòl ann an Sgoil Sir E. Scott’ (Music in Sir. E. Scott School) for the FilmG Prize for Gaelic and the Nicolson Institute’s music video ‘Latha Math’ (A Good Day) for the Best Music Video.
Glasgow Gaelic School have also done very well with three of their four films making the shortlists. They are ‘A’ Tarraing à Bond’ (Poking Fun at Bond) for Best Film, ‘Caraidean Ceòlach’ (Musical Friends) for the FilmG Theme Award and Best Performance and the film ‘A’ Choinneamh’ (The Meeting) shortlisted for the FilmG Prize for Gaelic.
Another notable entry on the shortlist is independent young filmmaker Shannon MacLean documentary film ‘Gaol nan Eilean’ (Island Love). This film is about what makes the Isle of Mull so special and is shortlisted for Best Film.
It wasn’t just school pupils who showed their talent for filmmaking this year. The Open category, which is for aspiring filmmakers over the age of seventeen and community groups, also featured some real gems on their shortlists. The Western Isles have also had a strong showing in this category, Keith Patrick Stringer’s ‘Taigh a’ Mhuirt’ (Home Kill) shortlisted for Best Film and for the FilmG Theme Award. Dòmhnall Eòghainn MacKinnon’s film about Seilebost School in Harris shortlisted for Best Documentary and Rachel Kennedy from Lewis shortlisted for her performance in ‘Latha Eile, Saoghal Eile’ (Another Day, Another World).
Films from the North end of Skye have done extremely well this year in making the shortlists. Kilmuir Drama Group have made a comedy film called ‘Na Slapagan’ (The Bachals) that has been shortlisted for Best Community Film. Kilmuir’s ‘Brògan Beaga’ has been shortlisted twice for the Best Community Film and the Best Documentary Film. And Cameron Ross from Ellishadder made a film called ‘Dìneasaran air an Eilean Sgitheanach’ (Dinosaurs on the Isle of Skye) which has been shortlisted for Best Documentary Short.
The winners will be announced at the prestigious FilmG awards ceremony taking place at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on Friday 14 March, keep an eye on social media for information about tickets. Providing entertainment at this year’s ceremony will be up-and-coming Irish band ‘Seo Linn’. They became an internet sensation last year when they collaborated with Irish summer school ‘Coláiste Lurgan’ to produce a Gaelige music video of Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’. It received well over 3 million hits on Youtube and boosted interest in the language amongst teenagers in across Ireland as well as internationally.