Western Isles schools make FilmG shortlist

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are delighted to announce that The Nicolson Institute, Lionacleit School and Castlebay Community School have been shortlisted in FilmG, MG ALBA’s Gaelic Short Film Competition.

Barra pupils should be very proud of their achievements as they have been shortlisted in three different categories. Their film An Gealladh Meallta (The Deceitful Promise) is shortlisted in both the Best Film and FilmG Gaelic prize. Their music video An Saighdear (The Soldier) is on the shortlist for the Best Music Video.

Two films form the Nicolson Institute have been shortlisted in two different categories; Gealladh Gemma (Gemma’s Promise) in the Best Film section and An t-Àm ri Teachd (The times that are to come) in the FilmG prize for Gaelic.

Sgoil Lionacleit have been shortlisted in the award for Gaelic for their contribution, An Gaol Dìomhair (Secret Love).

However, it wasn’t just the Western Isles schools who were successful in reaching the final stages of this prestigious competition. A youth group from Shawbost, ‘Tàirneanaich’ (Thunder) have been nominated in the categories for Best Film and Best Community Award. The Tàirneanaich group is run by Comunn na Gàidhlig’s North West Gaelic Initiative. Their hilarious film is entitled Madainn Mhath Breatainn (Good Morning Britain). Alex John Morrison who features in this film has been shortlisted in the Best Performance category.

A young lassie from Harris, Emma MacLeod, has been shortlisted in two different categories for her film of her beloved island of Scalpay (Scalpaigh Bheag Mo Ghràidh-sa). She is nominated in the Best Music Video and also in the category for Best Young Film Maker.

Chair of Education and Children’s Services Committee, Catriona Stewart, commented: “All the schools and community groups did extremely well in reaching this stage of the competition. This is testament to the work taking place within our schools and communities. A great deal of hard work went into producing these films and I wish all schools, pupils and community groups every success ahead of the Awards Evening”.

The winners will be announced at the FilmG awards ceremony which takes place in Glasgow on the 27th of March and each school and community group will be represented at the city’s Old Fruitmarket. All the shortlisted films can be viewed on FilmG’s website