Last weekend we were at Loopallu Festival in Ullapool to showcase the best films from the last six years of the FilmG competition as well as to launch this year’s music video category.
For the launch, the fantastic Hunter and the Bear, who have recently played alongside Bruce Springsteen and supported Eric Clapton, performed an acoustic session in the FilmG tent which was packed to the gunnels with fans. Lead singer Willie Irvine who originally hails from Achiltibuie said:
“We’re really happy to be here supporting FilmG, music videos are such a powerful story-telling tool and are nowadays an excellent means of promoting your music and building a new audience, especially via social media. We’d like to wish everyone who enters the competition the best of luck.”
Since its launch in 2008, FilmG 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 music video competition requires you 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.
Speaking at the festival, Flòraidh, Project Manager of FilmG, was delighted with how the weekend went:
“It is fantastic to be part of Loopallu, it’s so well organised and has a real local feel to it. At the festival we wanted to bring our Gaelic short films to a new audience and that we did. Our tent was so busy all weekend with people, many of whom had never heard Gaelic spoken before, enjoying it on our ‘fairly’ big screen. We were also extremely fortunate that Hunter and the Bear were able to play in our tent and that they gave their backing our music video competition.