And the Winner Is...

FilmG has announced the winners of this year’s Gaelic short-film awards in both the Youth and Open category. 

A glittering awards gala took place on Friday at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket.  

Highlights of the event will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on Sunday as part of celebrations to mark ten years of FilmG.   

The winner of Best Drama - scooping a £1000 prize - went to ‘Mar a Thachair do Dh’fhear a Sgur a Dhol Dhan Eaglais’ (The Man Who Stopped Going to Church). The film’s director, Lewis-based John Murdo MacAulay, also won the prize for Best Industry Director.  

Also hailing from Lewis, Glasgow School of Art student Danielle MacLeod won two awards for her entry Bho Clach gu Clach (From Stone to Stone): Best Heritage Film and Most Promising New Director. The prize for Most Promising New Director, funded by HIE, will see Danielle secure a placement with an Highands and Islands based production company. 

Edinburgh Napier University student, Lana Pheutan from Skye, won two of the three awards for which she had been shortlisted, winning Best Performance and Best Student Film for her powerful film ‘Coig Puing a’ Trì’ (Five Point Three) which tells the story of the challenges faced by transgender woman. Lana also won the People’s Choice award, as voted by the public on the FilmG website.  

For the first time in FilmG history, the youth prize for Best Film was awarded to an independent young filmmaker, away from FilmG workshops or school support. Lachlan Peel from Edinburgh won with his comedy film ‘Eòghan Beag: Latha Mòr’ (Wee Ewan: A Big Day).  

Brothers, Eòin and Anndra Cumming from Laide both won awards in two separate categories. Eòin won the youth award for Best Mobile Short for the second year running, continuing his outdoors theme with a film about kayaking. Younger brother Anndra won Best Sports Commentary, and has won the chance to go behind the scenes at a live BBC ALBA sports broadcast thanks to production company Nemeton.   

It was a star-studded night, with appearances from Greg McHugh, better known as Gary Tank Commander, River City actress and new face of Raven, Aisha Touissant, and Outlander star Grant O’Rourke.  

Greg McHugh said: 

“What a fantastic night I’ve had at the FilmG awards, not only has it been a pleasure to watch some fantastic films, and some particularly funny ones in the youth category, but it’s also been great to present the award with Gaelic icon Donnie Dotaman! I’d like to wish them all well, and encourage them to keep making films in Gaelic.” 

Iseabail Mactaggart, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at MG ALBA said:  

“It was a real pleasure, and hugely exciting, to celebrate the fantastic young talent we saw at this year’s FilmG Awards. To see an independent filmmaker win Best Film in the youth category for the first time is testament to the growing confidence we are seeing in young Gaelic filmmakers. That, along with the exceptional standard we saw in both adult and youth categories, demonstrates the rich part FilmG is able to play in encouraging creativity within Gaelic media. This year marks ten years of incredible stories being told, and as we look forward to the future, we can be sure the Gaelic filmmaking industry has many reasons to be optimistic.”