THE fifth annual national Gaelic short film competition has launched with the theme ‘Acras/Miann’ – Hunger/Desire.
The FilmG theme has been chosen to inspire ideas for film-makers wishing to take part in the 2013 contest; and the launch marks further good news for FilmG after the competition was named Best Cultural Award at the Scottish Event Awards 2012.
Donald Campbell, chief executive of MG ALBA, said: “We are delighted that FilmG has been given the Best Cultural Award and it helps to recognise how FilmG has matured to become a national event within our industry, and the unrivalled opportunities it provides to young people and adults. “Our aim of discovering new talent who can tell stories on screen is being achieved and the search for the flair and passion that can drive the Gaelic media sector forward in future years and decades will continue.”
Since its launch in 2008, FilmG has encouraged both young people and adults to pick up their cameras and explore their creative talents in conjunction with the use of the Gaelic language.
FilmG entrants are asked to make a three to five minute short film in the language but both non-Gaelic speakers and learners are particularly encouraged to get involved, with language help available through the FilmG support, TalantG.
Two main categories exist within the competition, one for Adults and one for 12-17year olds.
With an array of prizes worth over a total of £10,000, the competition culminates in a grand awards ceremony which celebrates the talent behind the films.
And a new prize category has been created this year for the best Music Video, and Community Groups are again encouraged to participate in the competition.
The redesigned FilmG website – www.filmg.co.uk – has now gone live, with full details of this year’s competition, categories, prizes and how to enter.
And the deadline for this year’s entries is December 20th, 2012 for 12-17 category and January 6th, 2013 for Adults.
As in previous years, FilmG will also be offering training for those adults keen to get involved, but who perhaps have no previous experience of making a film; and this year’s training opportunities will include masterclass sessions in workshops in Skye, Glasgow, Inverness and Stornoway.
Full details of all training opportunities, along with an array of online resources are available on the FilmG website, along with short-listed entries from FilmG2012 which can be viewed online.