2017 short­list an­nounced

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

FilmG, the na­tional Gaelic short film com­pe­ti­tion, has an­nounced this year’s short­lists, with stand- out en­tries by promis­ing film­mak­ers, schools, and com­mu­nity groups from all around Scot­land mak­ing the hotly con­tested fi­nals.

This year’s FilmG at­tracted more en­tries than ever be­fore, with many clever, fun and quirky in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the theme ‘ Strì’ (En­deav­our/Con­flict).

The FilmG jury pan­els com­prised of in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, in­clud­ing pro­duc­ers, direc­tors and scriptwrit­ers from all over Scot­land, as well as top sports com­men­ta­tors given the in­clu­sion of the new Sports Com­men­tary cat­e­gory this year.

One of this year’s pan­elists is BeesNees me­dia di­rec­tor, Dun­can MacDon­ald who said: ' It is great to see so many film­mak­ers of all ages en­gage in this com­pe­ti­tion.

' This year we have seen a wide range of films and in­di­vid­ual takes on the topic and those mak­ing the short­list had a clear nar­ra­tive and view­point. It's not al­ways about tech­ni­cal bril­liance – heart and soul come through strongly in the best work.'

FilmG is MG ALBA’s Gaelic short film com­pe­ti­tion aimed at de­vel­op­ing new on-screen and off-screen tal­ent for BBC ALBA and new me­dia and is open to any­body over 12 years of age to make up to a five minute short film in Gaelic.

The youth cat­e­gory re­ceived 56 en­tries this year, with a large ge­o­graphic spread of schools from across Scot­land mak­ing the short­list, in­clud­ing Liona­cleit School in Ben­bec­ula, Plock­ton High School, Mill­burn Academy in In­ver­ness, James Gille­spie’s High School in Ed­in­burgh and Calder­glen High School in East Kil­bride, among the fi­nal­ists.

With such fierce com­pe­ti­tion, it is fan­tas­tic to see first-time FilmG en­trants, Calder­glen High School mak­ing the short­list for Best Film, with Eadar Dà

Bheachd, their hu­mor­ous take on the theme that sees the class fall out over their ideas for a film they are work­ing on.

Also in the run­ning for Best Film is Gair­loch High School’s emo­tional drama, Briste, about the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of ill­ness on a fam­ily, which also caught the at­ten­tion of the judges for Best Script award.

The Best Young Film­maker short­list is tes­ta­ment to the breadth of young tal­ent en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, with not only doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ers such as Eòin Cum­ming from Laide near Gair­loch mak­ing the cut for his moun­tain bik­ing doc­u­men­tary Strì Ris a’ Chiad Chloich, but also the emer­gence of cre­ative young an­i­ma­tors as S1 pupil Ruairidh MacAlas­dair, also from Gair­loch, who has been short­listed for his quirky an­i­mated game of hide and seek, in Falach-fead.

There were also some su­perb films short­listed in the Open cat­e­gory, which in­cludes en­tries by promis­ing film­mak­ers over the age of 17, as well as com­mu­nity groups.

The short­list for the Best Doc­u­men­tary in­cludes the cap­ti­vat­ing A’ Tuiteam, by Jessie Ann MacDon­ald & Paul Steele from South Uist with view­ers given an in­sight into Jessie’s life cop­ing with epilepsy. Also, short­listed for this award is Taobh Eile Duil­ghe, by up-and- com­ing film­maker Kerr Gibb from Portree, with his por­trayal of the lives of 1.5 mil­lion Syr­ian refugees liv­ing in Le­banon. This film also earned him a place on the short­list for Best Com­mu­nity Film.

With so many great en­tries, one of the hard­est cat­e­gories for the judges to whit­tle down was Best Com­edy. Mak­ing it to the fi­nal four how­ever was Girls, Strì and Mac­a­roni by Iain Wil­son from Staf­fin, which fol­lows the an­tics of rap­per Ally C and his com­padre Calum Kan-y- e.

Keen BBC ALBA view­ers will have spot­ted Sab­hal Mòr Os­taig TV Course stu­dents’ par­ody, Cheat­ing Our Lan­guage, which also made the Best Com­edy short­list. The TV course stu­dents were not alone in mak­ing the cut, with Glas­gow Kelvin Col­lege’s Gaelic learn­ers get­ting a men­tion for their com­edy, Leasan, in which a cruel Gaelic tu­tor teaches pupils in­sults when they think they are learn­ing the ba­sics of the lan­guage.

As with the Com­edy award, many of the cat­e­gory short­lists have been very closely con­tested, in­clud­ing the new Best Sports Com­men­tary.

The four short­listed com­men­taries are evenly matched with two boys, Calum MacMil­lan and Jack MacDon­ald, who gave us their take on the Billy Macneil Cup Fi­nal, and two girls, Kate Bradley from Ard­na­mur­chan and Christina MacDon­ald from Skye mak­ing the fi­nal list. Kate Bradley chose to com­ment on the women’s shinty Va­lerie Fraser Cup Fi­nal, whilst Christina chose a favourite mo­ment from the semi-fi­nal of the same tour­na­ment.

Top sports com­men­ta­tor and FilmG judge, Derek Mur­ray, said: ' It was an ab­so­lute joy and hugely en­cour­ag­ing to see so many as­pir­ing com­men­ta­tors en­ter­ing this com­pe­ti­tion.

' We had a plethora of en­gag­ing and in­formed com­men­tary and those short­listed would not look out of place on BBC Ra­dio Nan Gàid­heal or BBC ALBA. I would be priv­i­leged to work be­side any of them and who knows, soon we may well get that op­por­tu­nity.'

All of the short­lists are now avail­able to view on­line at FilmG Youth and FilmG Open and you can also view all 105 en­tries in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

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

Keep an eye on FilmG twit­ter and Face­book for in­for­ma­tion about tick­ets.

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