We are so happy to publish this year’s films for all to enjoy, with the standard most definitely on the up!
Our judging panel will meet this week in Glasgow to review the films and determine shortlists across a range of different categories. Shortlists will be announced on the 8th of January next year.
As previously announced, the 2018 awards ceremony will be broadcast on BBC ALBA for the first time.
And to coincide with the broadcast, BBC ALBA has announced that four of the best short films to date will be shown on the channel in the run up to the awards programme, which is scheduled for Sunday 11 February. The chosen films will be revealed in January.
Project manager Floraidh Forrest reflected on the value of the competition, and its long-lasting impact on the Gaelic media sector. She said:
“We’re delighted to see more film entries, once again, this year. More importantly, we’re reflecting on the quality of submissions. This is reflected in the increasingly important role of Gaelic high school education in encouraging young people to get involved.
“We’ve also seen a steady progression over the years in terms of the number of filmmakers making films without the help of their teachers or a FilmG schools workshop.
“Overall this year there were 63 films entered in the youth category – 21 of which were from young independent filmmakers.
“Most pleasing, however, is the quality of the films. We’re seeing submissions from previous entrants, and what is apparent is that they’ve developed both their story-telling and technical skills.
“They’re showing a real passion to learn, and improve and that’s resulting in some films with exceptional quality. We hope that for many of our young filmmakers this can help them on the road to building a career in the media.”
Both the Youth and Open category films are now available to view. Voting will be live shortly too – watch this space!