Budding film makers put Western Isles in the FilmG running

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THE Gaelic online media shorts competition FilmG has this year received a record number of entries – including an impressive 16 short films submitted from talented new champions of Gaelic digital media in the Western Isles!

A total of 71 films have been entered the MG ALBA competition – under the theme of ‘The Upper Hand – with films across every genre from arty and animated through comedy and calamity to serious and sombre.

Donald Campbell, chief executive of MG ALBA, said: “Congratulations to the many people who have participated in FlimG this year.

“We are proud of the new champions of Gaelic digital media that are emerging from communities across Scotland and hope that as many people as possible will enjoy viewing their stories and voting for their favourites.”

The 71 digital shorts entered have been received from all across Scotland, along with one from New York! Amongst the sixteen Western Isles entrants are nine individual film-makers, each of the island high schools and one Uist primary school.

This will be the second and third year of participation for some, while others are entering for the first time this year as the competition grows in popularity.

Going live last week, all 71 entries can now be viewed online on the FlimG website at www.filmg.co.uk, where everyone is invited to vote for their favourite film before the deadline on January 31, 2011.

And the highest scoring film will be presented with the prestigious People’s Choice award at the FlimG Awards Ceremony in February.

All entries will also be judged by the FilmG Jury, comprising of BBC ALBA executives and representatives of the broadcast industry in Scotland, including Margaret Mary Murray, BBC Scotland’s Head of Gaelic Digital Service, award winning factual Producer and Director Michelle Friel of Friel Kean Films, the independent production company behind ‘The Scheme’, and television producer and ‘River City’ actor Tony Kearnery.

Prizes will be awarded in three main categories: Drama/Comedy, Factual, and the 12-17 age group, with an array of prizes to be won in each. The films short-listed in each category will be announced on the FlimG website in mid January.