Islanders pick up FilmG awards

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THE Western Isles was well represented at the recent National Gaelic Film Awards held in Glasgow.

Winners in the 12-17 age category included Sgoil a’Bhac who won the award for their film entry ‘Abair Sgaibh’ and Sir E Scott pupil Moreen MacLennan received a commendation for her role in the film ‘Aithreachas’.

In the adult category Elly Welch from Stornoway scooped the FilmG Theme Award, Best First-Time Director (Industry) and Best Factual Short award for her film entry ‘Oidhche Shamlach’.

Also from Stornoway, Stephen Macleod won Best Student Film for ‘Air cul na Gaire’ with

The film by Uist Drama Group, ‘A’Pharlamaid’ won the Best Community Short award.

On the night, stars of the big screen were also in attendance including renowned Scottish actor, Martin Compston, best known for his role as Liam in Sweet Sixteen and who will be starring in new movie Filth, as well as Michelle McManus, singer-songwriter and television presenter, Tony Kearney, actor and producer and Sean Batty, STV weatherman.

MG ALBA, the Gaelic Media Service, was celebrating another successful FilmG competition, its prestigious online Gaelic screen talent awards, as an additional £30,000 funding from the Scottish Government and Bòrd na Gàidhlig was announced to help develop the competition and encourage new aspiring film-makers to get involved.

In its fourth year running and having received a record number of entries from home and abroad, FilmG has unearthed a large number of enthusiasts with a real passion and talent for working in the Gaelic broadcasting sector.

All film entries in this year’s FilmG competition are available to view online at www.filmg.co.uk where you’ll also find a list of all winners. 

Pictured are the Sgoil a’Bhac team.

See pictures of local winners in this week’s Stornoway Gazette.