Stars of big screen out for Gaelic film awards

Sanjeev Kohli & Dr Alasdair Allan with Castlebay pupils (Best film youth)  Photographed by Alan Peebles
Sanjeev Kohli & Dr Alasdair Allan with Castlebay pupils (Best film youth) Photographed by Alan Peebles

Stars of the big screen turned out in Glasgow on Friday to present a number of awards at the seventh National Gaelic Film Awards ceremony.

MG ALBA, the Gaelic Media Service, was celebrating another successful FilmG competition, its prestigious Gaelic screen talent awards, which were held at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow and hosted by Fiona MacKenzie, face of BBC ALBA, and Niall Iain Macdonald, TV & radio presenter.

Guest presenters at the event included Scottish actor and comedian Sanjeev Kohli, best known as Navid in the much loved Still Game sitcom. Also in attendance was Ken Stott, whose recent big screen credits include The Hobbit and Chronicles of Narnia, although he is best known for his role as Inspector Rebus in the adaptations of the Ian Rankin books.

Amongst the winners in the Youth Category Best Film: Castlebay School, Isle of Barra, for ‘An Gealladh Meallta’ (The Deceitful Promise); Best Music Video: Castlebay School for ‘Saighdear’ (Soldier); FilmG Award for Gaelic: The Nicolson Institute, Isle of Lewis, for ‘An t-Àm ri Teachd’ (What Lies Ahead).

There was a Peformance Commendation for Sine MacDonald from the Nicolson institute for her role in ‘An t-Àm ri Teachd’ (What the Future Holds).

In the Open Category winners from the Western Isles included: Best Drama: John Murdo MacAulay from the Isle of Lewis, for ‘Briste’ (Broken); FilmG Theme Award: John Murdo MacAulay from the Isle of Lewis, for ‘Briste’ (Broken) and Best Performance: Erica Morrison, originally from Skye, now based in Lewis, for her role in ‘Briste’ (Broken).

Dr Alasdair Allan, Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages was also in attendance.

Dr Allan said: “Once again, this year’s FilmG has drawn together an outstanding breadth of award nominees. The Scottish Government welcomes the opportunity to work with MG ALBA and is proud to sponsor these awards. Every film shortlisted is a welcome addition to Scotland’s diverse cultural landscape.

“I am particularly pleased to see so many young filmmakers involved this year. Film-making, and introducing Gaelic to new audiences, can help to ensure a secure and vibrant future for Gaelic in Scotland.”

Donald Campbell, MG ALBA Chief Executive, said: “FilmG received a record number of submissions this year, with 79 films entered across the youth and adult competitions.

“We are delighted to see FilmG continue to grow and the quality of films continue to impress our judging panel. These films have been entered by both Gaelic and non-Gaelic speakers and we are pleased that the competition can promote Gaelic so well whilst remaining so accessible to all.

“We are encouraged by the enthusiasm for FilmG and the level of creative talent that it uncovers, as was demonstrated by the nomination of Latha Eile, Saoghal Eile – one of last year’s films – for the Best Short Drama at Celtic Media Festival 2015. We are certain that this year’s participants can enjoy similar success in the creative industries and we wish them well as they put some of the skills and confidence they have gained during FilmG to good use.”

All the 2015 winners are listed below, with every film entered in this year’s FilmG competition available to view online: at

Awards

People’s Choice Award:

Skye Highland Dance Group, Dannsairean an Eilein Sgitheanaich, for their music video ‘Siuthad a Sheònaid’ (On you go, Seònaid)

Youth year old category winners:

Best Performance: Fergus Munro, who plays a boy who is bullied and self-harms as a result, in ‘An Agallamh’ (The Interview) by Lochaber High School

Best Young Filmmaker: Shannon MacLean from Mull for ‘Geallaidhean airson na Gàidheil’ (Promises made to the Gaels)

Best Film: Castlebay School, Isle of Barra, for ‘An Gealladh Meallta’ (The Deceitful Promise)

Best Production: Portree High School for ‘An Gèam’ (The Game)

FilmG Theme Award: Grange Academy in Kilmarnock for ‘An Gealladh’ (The Promise)

FilmG Award for Gaelic: The Nicolson Institute, Isle of Lewis, for ‘An t-Àm ri Teachd’ (What Lies Ahead)

Best Music Video: Castlebay School for ‘Saighdear’ (Soldier)

Performance Commendations:

Lachlan Donald from Glasgow Gaelic School for his role in ‘Drumaichean’ (Drums)

Roslyn Sweeney from Glasgow Gaelic School for her role in ‘Beatha le Burraidheachd’ (A Life of Bullying)

Willow Ianetta from Edinburgh, for her role in Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Drama Summer School’s film ‘Gaol an t-Samhraidh’ (Summer Love)

Sine MacDonald from the Nicolson institute for her role in ‘An t-Àm ri Teachd’ (What the Future Holds)

Open category winners:

Best Community Film: Skye Highland Dance Group, Dannsairean an Eilein Sgitheanaich, for their music video ‘Siuthad a Sheònaid’ (On you go, Seònaid)

Best Student Film: Rachel MacLaren from the TV Course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College, for her take on Danny MacAskill’s ‘The Ridge,’ ‘Crisdean Cunnartach’ (Dangerous Crìsdean)

Best Drama: John Murdo MacAulay from the Isle of Lewis, for ‘Briste’ (Broken)

Best Music Video: Skye Highland Dance Group, Dannsairean an Eilein Sgitheanaich, for their music video ‘Siuthad a Sheònaid’ (On you go, Seònaid)

Best Performance: Erica Morrison, originally from Skye, now based in Lewis, for her role in ‘Briste’ (Broken)

FilmG Theme Award: John Murdo MacAulay from the Isle of Lewis, for ‘Briste’ (Broken)

Best Documentary: Keir Greatorex, originally from Edinburgh, but studying at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye, for ‘Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh’ (Portree’s Gaelic School).