FilmG Open Prizes

We have plenty fantastic prize amounts, to be spent of training, or equipment, in the FilmG Open category – see below.

If you or your team is successful and wins a prize you will be asked to choose the product that you'd like to buy and the FilmG team will make the purchase on your behalf. All purchases must be made in the UK. Smaller prizes will be awarded in Amazon vouchers.

Best Comedy or Drama

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. As this is a Gaelic short film competition we expect to hear Gaelic dialogue in the film.

Prize: £1,000 Equipment

Entry Requirements

  • Open to individual filmmakers
  • Open to community groups
  • Open to all industry entrants under 30 (even if they have a broadcast credit as a producuer or director)
  • Open to all others, as long as they don't have a broadcast crediti as a producer or director

Film Dùthchais as Fhèarr

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: £1,000 Equipment

Entry Requirements

  • Open to individual filmmakers
  • Open to community groups
  • Open to all industry entrants under 30 and all others as long as they do not have a broadcast credit as a director or producer

Best Mobile Short

Simple yet effective film-making equipment is now constantly at our fingertips so we’d like to see fresh and exciting Gaelic short films shot on mobile devices. We’ll consider any genre for this award, drama, doc, action, horror or animation; as long as there is a good strong story at its core. Remember to keep it brief, each year the judges tell us the mobile shorts could be shorter. They recommend around two minutes in length.

Prize: tbc

Entry Requirements

  • Open to anyone aged 18 or over as long as they do not have a credit as a producer or director
  • Must be shot on a mobile device, phone or tablet.
  • We advise that films should be around two minutes in length
  • Film should be shot in landscape

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 the Gaelic language in any genre.

Prize: £1,000 sponsored by Gaelic Language Promotion Trust

Entry Requirements

  • Must be a matriculated student during the 2017/18 academic year
  • Can be studying any HE full or part-time course

Most Promising New Director

If you want the opportunity to work in the Gaelic TV industry this award could be your first step. The winner will spend a week working with a production company in the Highlands and Islands. This award is self-selecting, so entrants must specify on their application form whether or not they would like to be considered. 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: Placement with Highland-based media company

Entry Requirements

  • Must be willing to do a work-placement with a production company in the Highlands
  • Not open to those already in full-time employment in the TV industry
  • Students are eligible for this award

Best 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. We’ve therefore introduced this new award to specifically give young industry employees the opportunity to showcase their own ideas and do so hopefully with some mentoring from those more experienced working alongside them. 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: £2,500 Equipment & GFF screening

Entry Requirements

  • Must be under 30 years of age
  • Must have worked on TV/Film productions
  • Can have a broadcast credit as a Director or Producer
  • Mobile shorts will not be considered for this award

Best Performance

FilmG are always looking to uncover new on screen talent and to recognise exceptional performances. This award is for the individual, within any genre, that delivers their role most convincingly, within the context of the script and themes of the film.

Prize: £200 voucher

Entry Requirements

  • All performances will be considered for this award

Best Gaelic Script

To develop a strong culture of writing and content creation we have a call for scripts from Gaelic writers. The scripts can be in any genre and should have the potential to be developed into a short film.

Prize: tbc

Entry Requirements

  • Must be an original Gaelic script
  • No translations will be accepted
  • Must not exceed ten minutes in length