The FilmG 2014 Gaelic short film competition is now reaching its climax with the Open competition deadline at midnight on the 20th January. According to the FilmG team, this still leaves time for anyone interested in making a film to do so and any last minute entries would be very welcome.
Project Manager Floraidh Forrest said: “we hope that the majority of people entering this year’s competition are now finalising their films, but it is well worth reminding any budding filmmakers that a simple films can often be the most compelling and needn’t take a lot of time to make, some of the best films we’ve had over the years have been shot over a weekend! Film submissions can be in any genre but must be between 3 and 5 minutes in length and in Scottish Gaelic.”
The Youth 12-17 competition closed just before the Christmas holiday with a total of 45 entries. As usual the teenagers pushed their films to new limits, some leaving the school grounds to make their films look more authentic, this included Inverness Royal Academy who shot their film on location at the Culloden Battlefield. Not to be outdone were Ardnamurchan High School who brought horses onto their set, and made period film about the eviction of a local woman from her house and croft.
This year also saw an increase in the number of young filmmakers making films without the support of FilmG or their schools. This included Shannon MacDonald from Mull who made a film about the place she grew up, she said:
"I had entered FilmG previously with my school and really enjoyed it. This year, I decided to make a film of my own because I had some of the resources and I am very interested in media. I spoke to a lot of Gaelic speakers on the island and got them to tell me why the place is so special for them. I had lots of fun making the film and also learned some new skills. My friends and family are excited to see it online"
Over the coming weeks all the entries will be posted on the FilmG website where the public can vote for their favourite. The judges will also be meeting soon to come up with their shortlists and winners which will be announced at the glitzy FilmG Awards Ceremony in Glasgow on the 14 March 2014.