National Gaelic short film competition, FilmG, has been launched for a tenth year.
FilmG, MG ALBA's Gaelic short film competition, was established in 2008 as a means of developing Gaelic filmmaking talent and encouraging grassroots Gaelic storytelling through film. Over this time a bank of more than 650 Gaelic short films has been created online and the competition has become a springboard for young people keen to carve out a career in Gaelic media. These youngsters include two Gaelic children's TV presenters, Megan MacLennan and Kerry Anne MacLeod who were both shortlisted for their wonderful performances at the first ever FilmG awards ceremony and who now appear regularly on BBC ALBA.
The competition is open to all ages. The theme for the tenth FilmG is "firinn" - "truth."
Gaelic teacher Iain Cumming said: "We've had a great afternoon here in Gairloch, with the whole school as well as members of the community attending the launch and celebrating the excellent films made by Gairloch High School pupils. Over the last few years we've learned a lot about film-making and it was great that all that effort paid off in FilmG 2017. We're very much looking forward to getting involved again this year, in fact some of the pupils are already developing their ideas and beginning work on their scripts!"
As ever the FilmG competition kicked off by announcing the competition theme and unveiling the three images/posters that illustrate the theme and give entrants a starting point for their ideas.
These include the 'Summer Stop Motion' competition, which is open children of all ages to make a one minute animation on any subject. The winner of last year's 'Youth Animation Award', Gairloch High School pupil Ruairidh Alexander was on hand to encourage is peers to get involved, he said: "I started making animations about a year or two ago, and when I heard that there was a FilmG competition, I was very excited. My whole experience working with FilmG has been great, and it's given me the confidence to keep going. This is my first animation using voice over, but I don't think it will be my last!"