Locals in running for national short film award

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Locals are in the running to win national short film awards after submitting entries in this year’s FilmG competition.

FilmG is MG ALBA’s Gaelic online media shorts competition which has recently announced its short-list of films for this year’s award ceremony which takes place next month at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow.

Having received a record 71 entries from all over Scotland and beyond, it was a difficult job for the judges to pick out the best in each category. The jury panels comprised BBC ALBA executives and experienced broadcast industry representatives from across Scotland, who gave of their time and expertise to choose the best of this year’s digital shorts.

With 37 short films entered in the 12-17 age-group category competition is tight for the five top prizes; Best Film, Best Performance, Best Production, Best Script and Best Interpretation of this year’s theme Làmh an Uachdar (The Upper Hand).

Pupils from Sgoil Lionacleit have found themselves nominated in two categories with their short film ‘Fianais’. They are on the short-lists in both the best script and the FilmG theme categories. The short film about a young boy struggling with his ‘gift’ of Second Sight can be viewed online at http://filmg.co.uk/index.php?SortCriteria=1&id=90.

In the Adult category, where 34 entries were received, locals have been short-listed in the following:

· Paul Steele, originally from South Uist and now based in Glasgow, nominated in the Best Drama category as well as the Best Director (industry) category for his film ‘Aodainn’. In the film we see how the face of one man’s life is changed after an encounter on his drive home. ‘Aodainn’ can be viewed at http://filmg.co.uk/index.php?SortCriteria=1&id=41

· David Nicolson of Lewis, nominated in the Best Director (industry) category for his short film ‘Rùisgte’. Set in the year 2020, and with the UK Government having broken down, the country is now run entirely by private investors. ‘Ruisgte’ can be viewed at http://filmg.co.uk/index.php?SortCriteria=1&id=20

· The islands are also represented in the Best Performance category with Iain MacKinnon nominated for his acting role in David Nicolson’s ‘Rùisgte’.

· Lewis’s Roddy MacLean has been nominated in the Best Factual category for his short film ‘Saoghal Plastaig Ghordain’. We find out how Gordon MacLennan’s ‘plastic world’ has put him ahead of others in his business. ‘Saoghal Plastaig Ghordain’ can be viewed at http://filmg.co.uk/index.php?SortCriteria=1&id=34

· Keith Patrick Stringer, also of Lewis, has been nominated in both the Best Director (new entrant) and the FilmG Theme award categories for his short film ‘Leabhar na Beatha’. Set initially in the 1940’s, we see how the shadow of war has cast itself across a lifetime. ‘Leabhar na Beatha’ can be viewed at http://filmg.co.uk/index.php?SortCriteria=1&id=24

All of this year’s FilmG entries and the short-listed films are available to view on the FilmG website at www.filmg.co.uk, where you can also vote for your favourite short film to win the prestigious People’s Choice Award. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will close on 31st of January.

Donald Campbell, Chief Executive of MG ALBA, said: “This year’s FilmG competition has surpassed our expectations in terms of the number of films entered as well as the high calibre of entries received across the categories. We are delighted with the level of creative talent emerging through our FilmG competition and we are encouraging as many people as possible to get behind the short-listed finalists by voting for their favourite film online.”

The year’s FilmG Awards ceremony will take place at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow on Friday 18 February 2011 at a prestigious night celebrating the talent behind the entries with screenings of the winning films plus live music from ‘Mànran’, whose debut single, ‘Latha Math’, was released this week. Check them out at http://manran.co.uk/wp/, where you can also download the single.