The highly anticipated awards ceremony for Scotland’s national Gaelic film competition, FilmG, takes place at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on Friday 17 February. Following on from the success of last year, which saw the awards streamed online for the very first time, FilmG fans and followers will once again be able to watch the prize-giving event live online.
This year, FilmG will also have the welcome addition of backstage videos where winners share their thoughts and excitement with FilmG fans online. Among those chatting with our team backstage will be long time FilmG supporter Danny MacAskill, offering exclusive video reviews on the back of his ‘Wee Day Out’ video which became an internet sensation.
The ninth year of these awards, also sees the return of FilmG’s popular Gaelic Instagram competition with the live stream ensuring that attendees and viewers watching at home, will be able to enter on the night. The Live Stream adds a fantastic interactive element to the event, as FilmG presenters Fiona MacKenzie and Niall Iain MacDonald invite those present, as well as live stream viewers, to post the most fun, entertaining and/or creative Gaelic photo to the popular social media site Instagram, under the hashtag #FilmG. Judges will review the entries and choose a winner - which will be announced at the end of the night - and the lucky winner will receive a Bebop Parrot Drone camera.
Moira Pugh, Project Manager of FilmG, said: “With just days to go until the awards, there is a great buzz building, particularly on social media. Last year’s first Live Stream opened up the already popular awards to a much wider audience, ensuring than FilmG fans everywhere were able to feel part of the night, FilmG are thrilled to be able to share the event again this year.
“The Live stream is also a fantastic addition for those who have been involved with the competition and are unable to attend the event – as well as those who have given their support to the competition throughout the last year.
“We are delighted to welcome back our Instagram photo competition. It proved incredibly popular last year and in conjunction with our signature hashtags, it’s a great, fun way of getting more people to post to social media in Gaelic. Once again, we look to replicate this creative and light-hearted use of social media, to promote the Gaelic language and the competition.”
Amongst the live entertainment on the evening will be a set from brilliant young four-piece band, INYAL, fresh from performances at Celtic Connections and The Highland Annual. FilmG are also excited by the news that the boys will be joined on stage by the wonderful Gaelic singer, Josie Duncan.
Moira added: “FilmG looks to nurture creative talent through filmmaking, at this year’s awards however, we have a crossover, as 2016 Best Documentary winner, Hamish MacLeod and his eclectic young trad band, INYAL will be rounding off the night’s entertainment, making it an extra special performance for FilmG.”