Launch of 10th annual national Gaelic film competition

Fiona MacKenzie, the face of BBC ALBA, and journalist and footballer Calum Ferguson were on hand with pupils Anna MacLennan and Ruaraidh Alexander from Gairloch High School to launch the tenth FilmG competition. 
Picture by Trevor Martin.
Fiona MacKenzie, the face of BBC ALBA, and journalist and footballer Calum Ferguson were on hand with pupils Anna MacLennan and Ruaraidh Alexander from Gairloch High School to launch the tenth FilmG competition. Picture by Trevor Martin.

The national Gaelic film competition, FilmG is celebrating its tenth year, with some famous faces in the world of Gaelic broadcasting launching this year’s competition.

Fiona MacKenzie, the face of BBC ALBA, and journalist and footballer Calum Ferguson were on hand with pupils from Gairloch High School to launch this year’s competition.

FilmG, MG ALBA’s Gaelic short film competition, was established in 2008 as a means of developing Gaelic filmmaking talent and encouraging grassroots Gaelic storytelling through film.

Over this time a bank of more than 650 Gaelic short films has been created online and the competition has become a springboard for young people keen to carve out a career in Gaelic media.

These youngsters include two Gaelic children’s TV presenters, Megan MacLennan and Kerry Anne MacLeod who were both shortlisted for their wonderful performances at the first ever FilmG awards ceremony and who now appear regularly on BBC ALBA.

As well as individual successes, schools across the country regularly participate in the competition and the benefits have been wide-reaching.

As ever the FilmG competition kicked off by announcing the competition theme and unveiling the three images/posters that illustrate the theme and give entrants a starting point for their ideas.

This year the chosen theme is ‘Fìrinn’(truth) and Fiona MacKenzie and Calum Ferguson unveiled the three dramatic images, one of which was initially designed by Plockton High school pupil Lucy Small as part of the FilmG 10th Anniversary poster competition.

Having been at the helm of the project since its inception, Project Manager Floraidh Forrest is delighted the competition has reached this important milestone.

“FilmG has been such an exciting project for me and our talented team at Cànan Graphic Studio to work on. Over the course of the last ten years we have seen dramatic developments in the way video content is created and distributed and I’m pleased that within the Gaelic media sector, FilmG has been at the forefront of these developments.

“FilmG continues to engage with young Gaelic speakers and encourages them to make their voices and unique stories heard in what is a very crowded cyberspace environment. Roll on the next ten years!”

As well as the main competition, this year sees the introduction of some ‘flash’ mini-competitions to help entrants prepare for the competition and generate a buzz throughout the year.

These include the ‘Summer Stop Motion’ competition, which is open children of all ages to make a one minute animation on any subject.

The ‘Summer Stop Motion’ competition is open until the 18 August and other flash competition will be announced throughout the year.

The main competition is open until the 8 December 2017 and entrants are asked to make shorts up to five minutes in length in Gaelic.

All films from previous years are available to watch online: here

If you’d like to make a film and want to know more about the competition, contact the team at: fios@filmg.co.uk.