Budding film makers and school pupils from the Highlands and Islands have won top awards at FilmG, the National Gaelic Film Awards.
Stars of the big screen turned out to present a number of awards at MG ALBA’s prestigious Gaelic screen talent ceremony which was hosted by Fiona MacKenzie, face of BBC ALBA, and Niall Iain Macdonald, TV & radio presenter.
Guest presenters at the event included renowned Scottish actor and comedian Greg Hemphill best known as Victor in the much loved Still Game sitcom and Glasgow born actor Gary Lewis who has starred on the big screen in films such as Billy Elliot and Gangs of New York as well as TV programmes including Silent Witness and the forthcoming HBO series, Outlander.
Greg Hemphill, said: “I had a fantastic evening at the FilmG awards ceremony.
“I attended back in 2009 when it was held in Inverness and amazed to see how it has gone from strength to strength in this time. I’d like to congratulate all the prize winners and I hope that they are able to use FilmG as a springboard into a career in the media.”
This year’s competition theme was ‘Rùn’ (Love/Secret/Intention) which inspired an array of ideas for filmmakers in both the 12-17 age-group and the adult category, with a total of 76 films being submitted.
Winning Best Production in the 12-17 age category is a group of budding film-makers from Sgoil Lionacleit in Benbecula has won the Best Production award for their entry ‘An Tòimhseachan’ (The Riddle).
Lead actor Kenny MacKillop plays a detective who finds himself at the centre of a crime scene. This imaginative film saw school pupils recreating a casino scene and a wedding in their school theatre!
Also from Bendecula, Fiona McAndrew, a student at Lews Castle College, won Best Student Film for her music video, ‘Gàidhlig mo Rùn’ (Gaelic my Love). The stock animation film combines puppeteering, animation and local scenery with a beautiful Gaelic track of the same name to create a fantastic video.
S2 pupils from Castlebay High School, Isle of Barra have scooped the FilmG Theme Award and the FilmG Award for Gaelic for their black comedy ‘An Càirdeas Carach’ (The Fickle Friendship) which follows the story of Sorcha who seeks revenge when her friend starts seeing her ex-boyfriend.
Ullapool High School took home the award for Best Film for their entry ‘Droch-rùn’ (Bad Intent) which sees a group of friends camping for the night when Flòraidh tries to spook the others but to no avail however, were they wise to ignore her?
The award for Best Documentary in the adult category went to Dòmhnall Eòghainn MacKinnon from Harris for ‘An Sgoil Bheag mu Dheireadh’ (The Last Little School) which tells the story of a remote little school, Shelibost School, in 2013 which was about to close where six children would be left along with a void in a community’s heart.
Best Community Film in the adult category went to the Youth group, Tàirneanaich & Comunn na Gàidhlig’s Gaelic Initiative for North West Lewis for their comedy, ‘Suirghe leis na Siaraich: Pàirt 2’ (Courting on the Westside: Part 2) with their Lewis version of popular dating show ‘Take Me Out’ where a woman is searching for a date.
Will they? Won’t they? Is there anyone on the Westside fortunate enough survive this odd courting process?
Special mentions go to Keith Patrick Stringer and Eric MacDonald from the Isle of Lewis for their drama film ‘Taigh a’ Mhuirt’ (Home Kill). This sinister film finds husband Ali spending a lot of time in his shed following the disappearance for an 18 year old girl.
Also receiving a special mention was Karen Mackenzie, a student at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig for her drama short, ‘Seachd Là den Ghaol Òg’ (Seven Days of Young Love) which tells the tale of a young boy returning day after day leaving gifts at a special door.
All 2014 winners are listed below, with every film entered in this year’s FilmG competition available to view online at www.filmg.co.uk