Today the First Minister, Alex Salmond visited the FilmG project team in the Cànan office on the Isle of Skye to award the project £25,000 towards its training programme. FilmG, MG ALBA's Gaelic Short Film Competition, has been running now for 5 years and will soon be launching this year's competition. The First Minister, received a sneak preview of the competition posters and theme, which will be announced shortly. He commented:
“After five successful years, the FilmG short film competition is now established as one of the country's best platforms for developing and showcasing Gaelic language films and creative talent and I'm pleased the Scottish Government can again support the training opportunities this year.”
Cànan, who run the FilmG competition on behalf of MG ALBA, will be using the funding to organise workshops and film-screenings for school pupils and community groups in order to assist them in making films.
FilmG's Project Manager, Flòraidh Forrest said:
“We are delighted that the Scottish Government is providing support for FilmG training for another year. This money allows us to get out to communities and schools throughout the country providing a variety of training that will enable people to make films.”
Since its launch, the project has gone from strength to strength with up to 75 short film entries each year. The films must be between 3-5 minutes in length and be in Scottish Gaelic – though the filmmaker need not be a Gaelic speaker.
The funding was announced during a visit by the First Minister to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland's Gaelic college, on the Isle of Skye.