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2017 FilmG Shortlist Announced

FilmG has announced the shortlists for this year’s competition with stand-out entries by promising filmmakers, schools, and community groups from all around Scotland making the hotly contested shortlists.

This year’s FilmG theme, ‘Strì’ (Endeavour/Conflict) motivated more entries than ever before –making the shortlisting task even harder this year.

FilmG jury panels comprise of industry professionals, such as producers, directors and scriptwriters from all over Scotland, as well as top sports commentators with the inclusion of the new Sports Commentary Category this year.  One of this year’s panellists is BeesNees Media’s Director and Edit Producer, Duncan MacDonald, who commented:

"It is great to see so many filmmakers of all ages engage with this year’s competition. It has seen a wide range of films and individual interpretations on the topic. Some are stronger than others, and the shortlist reflects films with a clear narrative and viewpoint. It's not always about technical brilliance - heart and soul come through strongly in the best work”.

This year’s FilmG youth category received 56 film entries. It is exciting to have not only the highest number of entries, but also such a spread of schools included in the shortlists,  with schools such as Lionacleit School in Benbecula, Plockton High School, Millburn Academy, Inverness, James Gillespie’s, Edinburgh and Calderglen, East Kilbride, among the finalists.

With such fierce competition, it is fantastic to see first-time FilmG entrants, Calderglen High School making the shortlist for Best Film, with their humorous take on entering the FilmG competition. Also shortlisted, Gairloch High School’s emotional drama, ‘Briste’, about the devastating effects of illness on a family, which captivated the judges not only in this category but also in the Best Script.

The Best Young Filmmaker shortlist is testament to the breadth of young filmmaking talent entering the competition, with not only documentary filmmakers such as Eòoin Cuimeanach making the cut, for his mountain biking documentary ‘Strì Ris a’ Chiad Chloich’ but also the emergence of creative young animators, as Ruairidh MacAlasdair is shortlisted for his quirky animated game of Hide & Seek, in Falach-fFead.

There were also some superb films shortlisted in the Open category, which includes entries by promising filmmakers over the age of seventeen, as well as community groups.

The shortlist for the Best Documentary includes the captivating ‘A’ Tuiteam’, by Jessie Ann MacDonald & Paul Steele from South Uist, with viewers given an insight into Jessie’s life coping with epilepsy.  Also shortlisted for this award is ‘Taobh Eile Duilghe’ by up-and-coming filmmakera nd native of Skye Kerr Gibb, with his portrayal of the lives of 1.5 million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. This film also earned him a place on the shortlist for Best Community Film.

With so many great films, one of the hardest categories for the judges to whittle down was Best Comedy. Making it to the final four, however, was ‘Girls, Strì and Macaroni’, by Iain Wilson from Staffin, with the panel enjoying the antics of rapper Ally C and his compadre Calum Kan-y-e.  Keen BBC ALBA viewers will have spotted Sabhal Mòr Ostaig students’ parody, ‘Cheating Our Language’, which made  the Best Comedy shortlist.

As with the Comedy awards, many of the category shortlists have been very closely contested, with only a hair’s breadth to separate the entries.  The introduction this year of Best Sports Commentary in the Youth Category has proved no different. The four shortlisted commentaries are evenly matched, with two boys, Calum MacMillan and Jack MacDonald, and two girls, Kate Bradley and Christina MacDonald making the final list.  Top sports commentator and FilmG judge Derek Murray remarked:

 “It was an absolute joy and encouragement to see so many of our young people entering this competition. We had a plethora of engaging and informed commentary and those shortlisted would not look out of place on BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal or BBC Alba. I would be privileged to work beside any of them and who knows, in the near future we may well get that opportunity.” 

All the shortlists are now available online on the FilmG website, where you can also view all the entries in this year’s competition. The winners will be announced at the prestigious FilmG awards ceremony taking place at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on Friday 17th February. Remember to keep an eye on social media for information about tickets.