Last weekend the FilmG team were at the Loopallu Festival in Ullapool to launch the music video category of this year’s FilmG competition and showcase films from the first five years of the competition
Singer-songwriter Dòmhnall Eòghainn MacKinnon was in attendance to promote the music video category in which he won a number of awards for his entry in last year’s FilmG competition.
Since its launch in 2008, FilmG, MG ALBA’s Gaelic Short Film Competition, has encouraged both young people and adults to pick up their cameras and explore their creative talents in conjunction with the use of the Gaelic language.
The FilmG music video competition requires entrants to submit a 3-5 minute music video which includes Gaelic lyrics, this can be a completely new song or a reinterpretation of an existing song.
Dòmhnall Eòghainn MacKinnon who performed at Loopallu on the Friday evening, said: “It is a great idea to add music videos to the list of film genres as it provides an opportunity for storytelling across platforms, encouraging collaborations between songwriters, musicians and filmmakers.” He added “winning the FilmG Music Video Competition last year has given me the confidence to continue developing my skills as a filmmaker.”
FilmG Project Manager Flòraidh Forrest believes this year’s FilmG theme, ‘Rùn – Love, Intent or Secret’, lends itself well to making Gaelic music videos, she said: “‘Rùn’ is a common theme running through many existing Gaelic songs, you only need to Google the word and you’ll uncover lots of songs that use rùn, usually in reference to love. We hope that many people take inspiration from Dòmhnall Eòghainn and decide to have some fun and try their hand at creating a short music video. ”
Flòraidh was also at Loopallu screening the fabulous array of Gaelic films that the project has produced over the years.
Speaking from the festival, Flòraidh said: “We have been playing entirely Gaelic films all weekend and they’ve been very well received. We’ve been able to show people the talent we’ve uncovered through FilmG and we hope that this year’s crop is just as impressive.”