Cliù – for Tiree High School and some High­land Gen­tle­men

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

FILMG, MG ALBA’s Gaelic short film com­pe­ti­tion, has an­nounced the short­list for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, with bud­ding film­mak­ers, com­mu­nity groups and school groups from around the coun­try mak­ing the fi­nal cut.

This year’s FilmG theme, ‘Cliù’ (Fame/ Rep­u­ta­tion) in­spired an ar­ray of new ideas and sto­ries from film­mak­ers, mak­ing it an ex­cit­ing yet dif­fi­cult job for the panel to pick out the best from this year’s en­tries.

The pan­els com­prised of a va­ri­ety of di­rec­tors, pro­duc­ers and scriptwrit­ers cur­rently work­ing in the in­dus­try. They in­cluded An­gus Mackay, di­rec­tor of Cor­ran Me­dia Pro­duc­tions, based in Stornoway.

An­gus has pre­vi­ously been on the panel and was very im­pressed with this year’s films.

He said: ‘FilmG is a fan­tas­tic com­pe­ti­tion that’s ful­fill­ing a very im­por­tant func­tion in en­cour­ag­ing both am­a­teurs and young pro­fes­sion­als to make more films in Gaelic. I was greatly en­cour­aged by the rise in the over­all qual­ity of en­tries since I last served as a judge – that in it­self is a great tes­ta­ment to FilmG’s suc­cess.

‘This year’s en­tries show that we have young peo­ple in the in­dus­try with great de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial, but also that there are peo­ple in the wider Gaelic com­mu­nity who al­ready have the tal­ent to pro­duce com­pelling con­tent of their own. I would warmly en­cour­age them to con­tinue to use and de­velop th­ese tal­ents.’

Amongst those with tal­ent worth de­vel­op­ing are the pupils of Tiree High School. Pupils across all the years who were in­ter­ested in mak­ing a Gaelic short came to­gether and pro­duced a fan­tas­tic film which has been short­listed for both the ‘Best Pro­duc­tion’ and the ‘Best Film’. In their film Làmhan

Glana (Clean Hands), Raon­aid has been ac­cused of her best friend’s mur­der and ques­tions whether a per­son’s rep­u­ta­tion re­ally re­flects who they are.

Tak­ing a hi­lar­i­ous swipe at CalMac over the Uist-Mal­laig ferry sit­u­a­tion is tra­di­tional mu­sic

band, The League of High­land Gen­tle­men. Their film Seach­dain

gun Seòladh (A Week with­out Sail­ing) fol­lows the ferry, the ‘Loch Never’, which trav­els be­tween Mal­laig Street and Uist Street in Glas­gow but for var­i­ous rea­sons never makes it to its fi­nal desti­na­tion.

All the short­listed films are now avail­able to view on­line from the FilmG web­site, where all the en­tries in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion can also be viewed.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at the pres­ti­gious FilmG awards cer­e­mony, which takes place at the Old Fruit­mar­ket in Glas­gow on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 19.

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