PRESS RELEASE, 7 September 2012
FilmG, MG ALBA’s highly successful national Gaelic short film competition has today (Friday 7 September) officially launched its theme for its fifth annual competition.
‘Acras/Miann’ – ‘Hunger/Desire’ - has been chosen as the theme to inspire new ideas for filmmakers wishing to take part in the 2013 contest.
The countdown to today’s theme launch was marked with a mini-competition to ‘guess the theme’, with three images revealed online as clues over the course of the last week.
More than 250 entries were received in this competition, with some imaginative ideas including mealladh/Deception, An Dà Shealladh/Second Sight and Amas air na Reultan/Reach for the Stars suggested by participants. Entries closed at midnight and the competition winners, drawn at random, will be announced online today, with one young person in line to win a flip camera for their school and one adult to be announced as the winner of an Apple iPad.
Since its launch in 2008, FilmG has encouraged both young people and adults to pick up their cameras and explore their creative talents in conjunction with the use of the Gaelic. FilmG entrants are asked to make a three to five minute short film in the language but both non-Gaelic speakers and learners are particularly encouraged to get involved, with language help available through the FilmG support programme, TàlantG.
Two main categories exist within the competition, one for Adults and one for 12-17 year olds, and with a total prize fund of over £10,000 on offer, the competition culminates in a grand awards ceremony which celebrates the talent behind the films. A new prize category has been created this year for the best Music Video, and Community Groups are again encouraged to participate in the competition
The redesigned FilmG website www.filmg.co.uk has now gone live, with full details of this year’s competition, categories, prizes, and how to enter, alternatively find us at FilmG Alba on Facebook. The deadline for this year’s entries is 20thDecember 2012 for 12-17 category and 6 January 2013 for adults.
A full programme of workshops in schools will begin on Monday 10th September; 41 schools have been invited to participate in FilmG and already 30 have confirmed their wish to make a film.
As in previous years, FilmG will also be offering training for those adults keen to get involved, but who perhaps have no previous experience of making a film. This year’s training opportunities will include masterclass sessions and workshops in Skye, Glasgow, Inverness and Stornoway.
Donald Campbell, chief executive of MG ALBA, said: “When FilmG was created in 2008, the hope was that it would provide a new opportunity for the use of Gaelic in the creative industries but I think the success of the competition has gone well beyond initial expectations in such a short space of time.
“FilmG has matured to become a national event within the industry, and the opportunities it provides to young people and adults through TàlantG and the training programme are unrivalled.
“Our aim of discovering new talent who could go on to work within the Gaelic media has been achieved on a number of occasions but the search for the flair and passion that can drive the industry forward in future years and decades will continue.
“We would encourage anyone with an interest in film-making to get in touch and start the process of entering taking their idea forward for FilmG 2013 and we thank everyone who has contributed to making FilmG the success it is today.”
Full details of all training opportunities, along with an array of online resources are available to view on the FilmG website, along with short-listed entries from FilmG 2012 which can be views online.
Notes to editors:
FilmG is project managed by Cànan, the creative media, language resource and design company based at the Fàs Centre at on the Isle of Skye.
There are two main competitions in FilmG, one for adults with no previous director or producer broadcast credits and one for entrants aged between 12 and 17. This is to ensure that the project focuses specifically on bringing new talent to the fore. Both competitions will culminate in a gala awards ceremony. For more information on FilmG please visit www.filmg.co.uk.
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