About FilmG Open

We introduced some new categories last year and were delighted with the standard of entries. This year we're hoping to maintain this excellent standard and reach new audiences.

Whether you're just starting out, studying, a member of a community group, or working in the media, we're sure to have a prize to entice you! 

 

Best Film

This award will be for the best overall film in the adult category. We are looking for a film of any genre which is imaginative, original, engaging and entertaining. Strong stories and scripts are the foundation of a good film, so we’ll be particularly interested in this as well as how the overall film comes together and connect with the audience.

Prize: TBC

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to individual filmmakers

  • Open to students and community groups

  • Entrants must NOT have a broadcast credit as director or producer

Film Dùthchais

Heritage, culture, landscape, nature, wildlife, the natural world… The connection that exists between the Gaelic language and the natural world can often seem tangible, from crofters and fishermen who have an intricate working knowledge of their environment and are guardians of it, to the animals, birds and flowers whose names often have their own distinctive Gaelic interpretations. We are looking for Gaelic documentaries that explore in new, exciting and challenging ways the intricate relationships and themes between people and their environment.

Prize: TBC

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to students and community groups.

  • Also open to individual filmmakers who do not have a broadcast credit as director or producer.

Best Performance

FilmG are always looking to uncover new on-screen talent and recognise exceptional performances. This award will be given to the individual that delivers their role convincingly, naturally and has constancy all throughout the film.

Prize: TBC

Entry Requirements:

  • All performances in the adult category will be considered, though precedence will be given to performers without a professional acting credit

  • Must have a Gaelic speaking role in their film

Best Director

“All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that’s why it takes so long.” - Steven Spielberg. Directors are the decision makers. We want to reward brave direction and decision making in the films. This may not be the best film, but it definitely shows creativity and potential. To choose the winner, we’ll be looking at the elements the director has most control over during the filming process, including actor performances or ease of contributors, cinematography, production quality and the overall tone of the film.

Prize: TBC

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to all entrants in the open category

  • Directors with a broadcast credit as a producer or director will not be considered for this award.

Best Short Short

FilmG is looking for the next generation of fantastic content creators. We want to see the best short film up to 60 seconds in length. Whether it be suitable for TikTok or Instagram Reels or just YouTube, we want to see your best effort.

Prize: TBC

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to all entrants aged 18+

  • Films must be a minute or less in length.

  • Video must not include 3rd party content (copyrighted)

Best Student Film

The film by an individual or group of students that is original, convincing, engaging and of a good production quality. We are looking for good stories, strong performances and good use of Gaelic in any genre.

Prize: TBC

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to all students enrolled in the 2021/2022 academic year

  • Can be studying any Higher Education full or part-time course

Best New filmmaker

You may not have had the chance to make a film before but now is time to try it! This award will go to the individual that shows the most potential as a first-time entrant to the competition.

Prize: TBC

Entry Requirements:

  • Entrants should be first time entrants to the competition as a director or filmmaker (previous appearances as an actor or crew are acceptable)

  • Entrants should also be first time entrants to the competition (as an adult).

  • Students on filmmaking or related media courses are not eligible for this award

Best Film from an Industry Director

Working day to day on TV and Radio programmes doesn’t always give young Gaelic speakers the opportunity to develop their own creative talents. This award specifically gives young industry professionals the opportunity to showcase their own ideas and do so hopefully with some mentoring from those more experienced working alongside them. We are looking for a work of fiction in any genre which is imaginative, original, engaging and entertaining. Strong stories and scripts are the foundation of a good film, so we’ll pay particular attention to this as well as how the overall film comes together and connects with the audience.

Prize: TBC

Entry Requirements:

  • Director must have worked on TV/Film productions (any credited role)

People's Choice Prize

The coveted People’s Choice Prize has seen filmmakers organising great social media campaigns. The film with most votes will win, so voting is key!

Prize: TBC

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to ALL youth and open entries