Budding young filmmakers have submitted a record breaking number of entries to this year’s competition, with many choosing to shoot their films using mobile phones.
All films can now be viewed online and voting for your favourite film is open until the 10 February - the week before the glitzy awards ceremony in Glasgow.
As usual there is a variety of exciting and interesting interpretations by school groups of the competition theme ‘Cliù’ which means Fame, Reputation or Prestige. They include topical and funny films such as ‘Turas Dhòmhnaill Bhramaig’ (Donald Trump’s Tour) by Lochaber High School about Donald Trump returning to the Highlands to (unsuccessfully) uncover his roots. A different take on ‘Cliù’ is ‘A' Chlach 's a' Chraobh Chliùiteach’ (The Prestigious Stone and Tree) by Dingwall Academy which is about a boy who finds the famous Brahan Seer stone and is not only able to predict the future but can travel to a parallel world.
Ruairidh Cormack from Dingwall Academy looks into the future as he holds the Brahan Seer Stone.
This year saw films in the youth category made using mobile phones for the first time. Among them is the gangster film ‘An t-Sireadh’ (The Search) which was written, directed and acted by Ross MacKenzie from Sleat on the Isle of Skye. Also made on a mobile is powerful video diary by Greenfaulds High School student Caitlin MacKay who records her journey as she is bullied in school.
Ross MacKenzie from Sleat on the Isle of Skye plays the villain and the cop using split screen in the mobile short film he wrote, directed and starred in.
Comedy films in the open category include a humorous take on the Mallaig to Uist ferry route ‘Seachdain gun Seòladh’ (A Week without Sailing) by trad music band ‘The League of Highland Gentlemen’. The film tells the story of the Loch Never Ferry that travels between Mallaig Street and Uist Street in Glasgow but for various reasons never makes it to its final destination. Up against it in the comedy category is ‘A-mach às mo Rathad’ by Darren MacLean that tells the story of a wannabe pop star who is desperate to be famous. The film includes a hilarious and catchy Gaelic pop song!
The Loch Never departs Mallaig Street on another dodgy journey to Uist Street in The League of Highland Gentlemen's comedy, 'Seachdain gun Seòladh'.
Derek played by Skye’s Darren MacLean sings his catchy new single ‘Mach Às mo Rathad’ (Get out of my way) in the comedy he wrote and directed.
Iseabail Mactaggart who supervises the project on behalf of MG ALBA is delighted with this year’s competition, “It’s very exciting for us to see this year’s crop of filmmakers coming to the fore and the fantastic films they’ve produced. It is clear that we have some very promising talent coming through, particularly in the Youth Competition. This kind of engagement is vital for the future of Gaelic, and we’re delighted that FilmG is equipping and encouraging these talented young people to express themselves in Gaelic.”
The judges announce their shortlists in the middle of January with the winners being announced at the awards ceremony taking place in Glasgow on Friday 19 February, keep an eye on social media for more details.