FilmG has been launched with an event at Pacific Quay, the BBC Headquarters in Glasgow, where pupils from three local high schools visited to see this year’s theme revealed and to hear Gaelic speaking BBC staff talk about their experiences working in the industry.
The competition, which is now in its eighth year, is aimed at uncovering new talent for the Gaelic TV channel BBC ALBA as well as encouraging grassroots filmmaking and story-telling in Gaelic speaking communities across Scotland. It is hoped that this year’s theme ‘Cliù’ which means prestige, fame or reputation, will be a good way for filmmakers to access interesting stories about individuals or places for their films.
As well as a number of additional awards, including Best Comedy Short and Best Animation, this year’s competition also sees the addition of an award for the Best Mobile Short. Entrants are asked to shoot at least 70% of their footage on a mobile device and funders MG ALBA believe this will lead to the creation of more user generated Gaelic content.
Iseabail Mactaggart, MG ALBA's Director of Development and Partnership, said: "The rise in digital media is extremely exciting. More and more people are viewing content online and the space between the creator and the audience is getting closer, particularly with social media as a means of promoting content. We’d like to see more Gaelic content within this space and FilmG is a great scheme for supporting this outcome."
FilmG is particularly popular with high schools across Scotland that teach Gaelic. Three schools were able to attend the event, Glasgow Gaelic School, Greenfaulds High School in Cumbernauld, and Grange Academy in Kilmarnock. Pupils enjoyed hearing from BBC staff about their experiences, particularly De-a-Nis? presenter Megan MacLellan who got her first big break through FilmG.
Megan said: "I thought I was just acting in a little school film, but then I was short-listed for my performance and won the award at the first FilmG Awards ceremony back in 2009. As my studies were coming to an end an opportunity to audition for De-a-Nis? came up and I jumped at it. I love how varied my job is, sometimes I'm in the office and other times I can be out filming some really cool and fun things."