Budding film makers in tune with FilmG 2013 music video category launch

Pics courtesy of Film G'Film G Awards which celebrate Gaelic filmmaking at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow''All pictures copyrighted to Carol McCabe. Licensed only  for Film G Awards promotional usage
Pics courtesy of Film G'Film G Awards which celebrate Gaelic filmmaking at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow''All pictures copyrighted to Carol McCabe. Licensed only for Film G Awards promotional usage

FILMG 2012/13 is delighted to announce an important new collaboration with Feisean nan Gaidheal and Watercolour Music in an exciting new addition to its competition categories.

This year’s MG ALBA competition invites young film-makers to create music videos for 12 new songs, written and performed by young Gaelic-speakers.

MG ALBA Chief Executive, Donald Campbell, commented: “This new collaboration promises an exciting fusion of emerging music and media talent, and we are very grateful for the opportunity offered by Feisean nan Gaidheal and Watercolour.

“It is an exciting development for FilmG and we look forward immensely to enjoying the music videos early next year.”

Award-winning Highland recording studios Watercolour Music and Gaelic singer-songwriter Alasdair Whyte, have made four of Alasdair’s own compositions available to the project – the songs feature on his debut album ‘Las’ produced at Watercolour’s studios in Ardgour, Lochaber.

‘Las’, released on the Watercolour label and produced by Nick Turner and Mary Ann Kennedy, has been hailed as a major contribution to contemporary Gaelic songwriting.

Feisean nan Gaidheal and Watercolour have also given FilmG film-makers exclusive access to An Taigh Oran/Songhouse – an innovative song-writing project between FnG and Storas Watercolour, a not for profit company established by the label’s directors to encourage emerging talent in Gaelic music.

Arthur Cormack of Feisean nan Gaidheal said: “We were very happy to make best use of funding from HIE, Creative Scotland and Bord na Gaidhlig to collaborate with Storas Watercolour in the creation of new Gaelic songs.

“We are delighted that the songs from An Taigh Oran may now be developed further into music videos through FilmG, giving them a life beyond the original project and much needed exposure for an under-supported art-form.”

The project, which produced eight new songs, gave up and coming Gaelic musicians the opportunity to work with established musicians and singers, including Alasdair Whyte and to record their compositions.

As Mary Ann Kennedy of Storas Watercolour added: “Discovering and working with emerging creative talent such as Alasdair is always rewarding, and the encouragement we were able to give new writers in the Taigh Oran was very satisfying, especially as it forged strong links with a like-minded organisation in FnG.
“To be able to take this all one step further by offering this new opportunity to young film-makers is very exciting indeed, and we can’t wait to see the results.”

Anyone interested in making a video for one of the new songs will be invited to attend a training workshop where they will also have the opportunity to meet Alasdair and the other young singer-songwriters – Caitlin MacNeil, Ceitidh Smith, Emma Leitch and Robbie MacLeod.

The winning video will be screened at the FilmG awards event in March 2013, where filming and editing equipment to the value of £1,000 will be awarded to the producer/director of the video.