There is now only one month to go until the closing date of FilmG, MG ALBA’s Gaelic shorts film competition, but that’s still plenty of time to make a short film according to competition organisers.
This year FilmG is expecting to receive more films than ever, especially in 12-17 category, where the FilmG workshop team has been visiting schools throughout the country helping classes make their films.
Last year the competition attracted 71 entries with 34 in the adult competition and 37 in the 12-17 category.
The films being entered by schools are full of murder, mystery, suspense and as always a touch of comedy. The entry from Plockton High School includes a monkey creating his own line of cleaning products, whilst Lochaber High School are filming their own Gaelic Dragon’s Den staring Father Christmas.
This year, more entries are also expected in the ‘best student short’ award, where many budding film makers have been inspired by the ‘On the Threshold’ theme plus the fantastic prize of one month’s work experience with a production company.
Community groups are also encouraged to get involved with a £1,000 prize for the winning entry in the ‘best community short’ award. Uist Drama Group is one group which has been encouraged by FilmG to swap stage for screen to make a short entry for this year’s competition.
Floraidh Forrest from FilmG said: “Year on year FilmG has successfully attracted more film entries from all over the country and beyond and this year’s competition looks set for receiving a record number of entries. Each year we have been greatly encouraged by the level of interest and enthusiasm for the competition across all categories and the degree of creativity in the Gaelic film making sector. If you’re still thinking about entering there is still plenty of time to start with one month to go before the closing date and many online resources still available to help you on your way.”
The films promise to be as high a standard as ever and all will be available to view online once the competition closes. The winning films will be announced at the FilmG Awards ceremony which we can now reveal will be at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on the 9 March 2012.
If you’re still trying to find inspiration then you can view all short-listed and winning films from previous years available online.
To be in with a chance of winning some great prizes as well as being able to attend the fabulous awards ceremony, all you need to do is make a 3-5 minute short film in Gaelic and enter it via our website by 6 January 2012. If you are not a Gaelic speaker help is available through TalantG, where Gaelic speakers are willing to assist with translations, voice-overs and acting.