About FilmG Youth

FilmG has uncovered a wealth of talent since its launch in 2008 with a number of young participants going on to enjoy successful media careers. The competition is open to high school classes, independent filmmakers, and primary schools.

HIGH SCHOOLS

We offer 2 day filmmaking workshops to high school Gaelic classes all over Scotland. Learn more about our workshops programme here.

INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS

While we encourage young filmmakers to go it alone, we can offer support where needed so if you’re making a film of your own and need some advice feel free to drop us a line. 

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

We are unable to offer workshops to primary schools looking to take part in FilmG, but we are at the other end of the phone if you’d like to discuss an idea with us. We would encourage primary classes looking to enter to reach out to your local community for support.

 

Check out our amazing list of prizes here!

Best Film

This award will be for the best overall film in the 12-17 Youth 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 connects with the audience.

Prize: £1,000 towards equipment or training

Entry Requirements:

  • Entrants must be in high school
  • Open to school groups and independent filmmakers
  • Must be directed by the children, adult must only facilitate the filmmaking process

Best Mobile Short

Simple yet effective film-making equipment is now almost constantly at our fingertips, so we’d like to see fresh, exciting Gaelic short films shot on mobile devices, with a real ‘share factor’.

Prize: £500 towards equipment of training

Entry Requirements:

  • Entrants must be in High School
  • Not open to schools
  • Must not have received workshop support for this film
  • Must be shot on a mobile device (phone or tablet)
  • Must be shot in landscape mode
  • Entrants can edit their films on professional editing programs

Best Young Filmmaker

We have seen a real increase in the number of independent filmmakers wanting to take part in FilmG over the last couple of years. We are looking for a film, made by an individual or group of friends without adult support, which is engaging and entertaining. Films can be shot on a camera or a mobile device.

Prize: £200 voucher

Entry Requirements:

  • Entrants must be high school
  • Must not have received workshop for the film 

Best Production

Creating a film which is visually exciting and creative requires entrants to be committed and dedicated in the time leading up to the film being shot and can result in a better overall film. The winner of this award will be the film that demonstrates the most innovative use of resources in the production of the film. Attention will be given to specific areas like: lighting; locations; make-up; costume; set dressing and props.

Prize: £500 towards equipment or training

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to all high school age entrants

Best Performance

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

Prize: £200 voucher

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to all high school age entrants

FilmG Award for Gaelic - Fluent Speakers

Gaelic is integral to the competition and we want to see films with convincing delivery of lines from fluent contributors, and rich, idiomatic use of language, rewarded.

Prize: £500 towards equipment of training

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to all high school age entrants

FilmG Award for Gaelic - Learners

Gaelic learners make up a large portion of overall speakers and many begin their journey in high school. We’d like to reward those who are making a real effort, and have a clear understanding of their lines.

Prize: £500 towards equipment of training

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to all high school age entrants
  • If over half the children appearing on screen are fluent speakers, they must be entered for the fluent speakers’ award.

Best Gaelic Script

To make any good film, a strong script should be at its heart and we’d like to encourage young people to write creatively in Gaelic. When submitting your film, we’d like you to attach your script and the judges will review both together. Don’t worry if the script changed somewhat during the filming, this is a normal part of the process.

Prize: Placement with Young Films

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to all high school age entrants
  • To be considered for this award, paper scripts should be entered when submitting film

Best Youth Group Film

The demand from primary school age children to enter FilmG continues to increase, and as a result we’ve created this award specifically for primary school classes and non-school related groups. As these entrants are generally younger greater input from adults will be anticipated. We are looking for the 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 connects with the audience.

Prize: £500 towards funds

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to primary school classes
  • Open to youth groups
  • Can have adult direction
  • Entrants for this award will not be eligible for a FilmG workshop

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: £100

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to ALL youth and open entries