About FilmG Youth

FilmG has uncovered a wealth of teenage talent since its launch in 2008 with a number of young participants going on to enjoy successful media careers. 

As well as offering 2-day filmmaking workshops to schools all over Scotland, we can support young filmmakers keen to enter the competition.

Here's our exciting prize list for FilmG 10!

 

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 Equipment

Entry Requirements:

  • Entrants must be aged 12-17
  • Open to school groups and young filmmakers
  • Must be directed by the children, adult must only facilitate the filmmaking process

Best Mobile Short by a Young Filmmaker

Simple yet effective film-making equipment is now almost constantly at our fingertips, so we’d like to see fresh and exciting Gaelic short films shot on mobile devices. We are looking for a film, made by an individual or group of young people without the support of a teacher or FilmG workshop, which excels in multiple areas of filmmaking including: originality of idea; script; and performance/contributors.

Prize: £500 Equipment

Entry Requirements:

  • Entrants must be aged 12-17
  • Not open to school groups
  • Open to individuals or groups
  • Must not have received workshop from FilmG team or teacher
  • 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

Most Creative 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 Equipment

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to 12-17 school groups and young filmmakers

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 Equipment

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to all actors and presenters

FilmG Prize for Gaelic – fluent speakers

Gaelic is one of the most important elements of the FilmG competition and we’d like to reward those who demonstrate a proficient to high level of ability in the language.

Prize: £500 Equipment

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to 12-17 school groups and young filmmakers

FilmG Prize for Gaelic Learners

Gaelic is one of the most important elements of the FilmG competition and we’d like to reward those who demonstrate a competent level of ability in the language as well as those who are striving to improve their language skills.

Prize: £500 Equipment

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to 12-17 school groups and young filmmakers
  • If over half the children appearing on screen are fluent speakers, they must be entered for the fluent speaker’s 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 part of the normal filmmaking process.

Prize: Placement with Young Films

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to 12-17 school groups and young filmmakers
  • To be considered for this award, paper scripts should be entered when submitting film

Best Sports Commentary

A big part of BBC ALBA output is sport content and we’d like to see new talent emerging in this field that are keen to develop their sports commentating skills. We are looking for young Gaelic speakers to provide examples of Gaelic commentary that shows confidence, enthusiasm and knowledge of their chosen sport.

Prize: Behind the scenes pass to BBC ALBA sports broadcast

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to 12-17 school groups and young filmmakers
  • Entrants can use footage provided on the website for commentating on
  • Entrants can record their own sports footage for commentating on
  • Entrants can choose any sport to commentate on
  • Entries should not include a summariser  (someone who gives their expert opinion or statistics in-between periods of play)

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 Youth Group funds

Entry Requirements:

  • Open to primary school classes
  • Open to Fèisean groups
  • Open to youth clubs and other youth groups
  • Can have adult direction
  • Entrants for this award will not be eligible for a FilmG workshop and are ineligible for the other awards in this category