Monday, January 27, 2020
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Two workshops held last week gave Portree High School pupils a taste of filmmaking.

The workshops, which were two of 35 delivered by FilmG throughout Scotland, gave pupils the chance to work with a professional filmmaker and actor.

The students made a 5-minute short film in Gaelic, eligible for entry in the National Gaelic Short Film Competition, FilmG.

Alistair MacKay, of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s broadcast studio, SkyeSpace, BBC journalist Alasdair MacLeod, and FilmG Project Officer Ross Christie supported scholars in Portree as they made their films. 

Both classes aim to make audiences laugh, with fluent-speaking S2s making a film featuring the many interesting characters on a tour bus, while the S3 learners’ film was based around a useless guidance teacher who fails to give good advice.
Pupils look forward to showing their films to family members and friends when they go live in December.

FilmG Project Manager, Eilidh Rankin, said: “The FilmG Workshops programme is a fantastic opportunity for high school pupils to get their teeth into a project and to speak Gaelic outwith the formal classroom environment.

“We encourage pupils to use their individual talents within the team; with room for everyone to shine. We hope FilmG continues to uncover budding writers, actors, prop-makers, make-up artists, interviewers, social media officers, camera operators and directors for many years to come!”

Independent Filmmakers of high school age are also encouraged to go it alone, with a £500 prize available to the Best Young Filmmaker, with other awards open to independent entrants as well.

The recent addition of the Best Youth Group Film award – which is open to primary classes and youth clubs for children of primary age – has also been a hit and organisers of FilmG hope to see equally healthy entry numbers this year.

The FilmG project is funded by MG ALBA, and delivered by Cànan Graphics Studio on the Isle of Skye, with Bòrd na Gàidhlig also providing support.

The FilmG deadline is 10 December, for more information visit:

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