Council Commends FilmG Highland Successes

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Wednesday March 1 2017

Picture credit Alan Peebles

The success of Highland filmmakers in the ninth annual Gaelic FilmG Awards was highly commended at The Highland Council’s Education, Children and Adult Services Committee.

Committee Chairman, Cllr Drew Millar said:

“Congratulations to all the Highland entries, shortlists and winners of FilmG.

“I am particularly pleased to see so many of our schools, both pupils and staff taking part in this prestigious competition, which I am delighted that Highland Council was able to support as sponsor of the open Best Comedy award.”

Director of Care and Learning, Bill Alexander said:

“We have some extremely talented people here in the Highlands, young and ‘older’, whose talents and creativity shine in the spotlight of opportunity created by FilmG.

“A huge well done to all those who took part and to the Highland winners.

“2017 has been a hugely successful year for Highland filmmakers. 

Seventeen FilmG workshops took place in Highland region, while 9 youth groups or individual teens were encouraged to make their own films, independently, with just a little support from the FilmG team.

Nine Highland Sports Commentary entries were submitted to the competition, following workshops with Seumas Dòmhnallach of the BBC and Hugh Dan MacLennan.”

It was a clean sweep for Gairloch, with Eòin and Ruaraidh winning a prize each Best Mobile Short and Best Animation, respectively.

Cameron MacLennan and Amy Gudgeon won Best Script with Briste.

Also scooping a top award was Kate Bradley of Ardnamuchan High School, whose commentary on the women’s shinty Valerie Fraser Cup Final won her the new Best Sports Commentary award title.

In the open category, adult talent from Highland also shone, with Portree’s Alannah Beaton making 4 shortlists and Skye Camanachd player Kerr Gibb making the cut twice for his documentary.

Iain Wilson and Ally Macleod of Staffin and Duntulm made the shortlist twice, for their comedy, “Girls, Strì is Macaroni” while Alness Academy Gaelic teacher Eòghan Stewart’s satirical “FilmG no Die Trying” made the cut too.

Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis Primary 7 teacher, Kirsty Scot took home the Best Community Film and Best Drama took home the Best Drama and Best Community awards for their film Latha Spòrs which covers the most competitive day of the year - P7 Sports Day. Double-act Lewis Boag and Keira O’ Brien made the shortlist for Best Performance!

The award for Best Comedy went to Alannah Pheutan from the Isle of Skye for her entry Gaidheal Gu Luath which sets out to create a perfect treatment to generate the perfect Gael.

The much-anticipated People’s Choice award also went to Alannah.

Kerr Gibb took home Best Documentary, Eòghan Stewart won Best Mobile Short, and Kirsty Scott & P7 at BSGI continued last year’s success, winning Best Community Film and Best Drama.

Iain Cumming, Gairloch won the Best Script with ‘Às dèidh a’ Bhàthaidh’


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