Western Isles schools well represented in FlimG shortlist

The Education and Children’s Services Department of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are delighted to announce that the four main secondary schools in the Western Isles; The Nicolson Institute, Sir E. Scott School, Lionacleit School and Castlebay Community School have been shortlisted in FilmG, MG ALBA’s Gaelic Short Film Competition.

Sgoil Lionacleit have been shortlisted for three awards in the Youth Category for their film ‘An Tòimhseachan’ (The Riddle). These were for Best Production, the FilmG prize for Gaelic and Kenny MacKillop has been shortlisted in the Best Performance category.

Pupils from Sir E Scott school in Tarbert have been nominated for the FilmG Prize for Gaelic with their documentary ‘Cèol ann an Sgoil Sir E. Scott’ (Music in Sir E. Scott School). Pupils from Barra are also on the shortlist for the Gaelic prize for their black comedy ‘An Càirdeas Carach’ (The Fickle Friendship). The Castlebay pupils have also have the chance to scoop the award for the Theme Award.

A group of third year pupils from the Nicolson Institute have been shortlisted in the new category for Best Music Video. They have creatively produced their own take on the hugely successful Mànran song, Latha Math (Good Day).

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 category for Best Community Award. The Tàirneanaich group is run by Comunn na Gàidhlig’s North West Gaelic Initiative. Their hilarious film is based on the popular television programme Take Me Out and is entitled ‘A’ Suirghe leis na Siaraich’ (Courting on the West Side).

Alex John Morrison who features in this film has been shortlisted in the Best Performance category.

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 and pupils every success ahead of the Awards Evening.”

The winners will be announced at the FilmG awards ceremony which takes place in Glasgow on the 14th 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, www.filmg.co.uk.