Tuesday, 4 September 2012

FilmG Theme Competition - Image 3

Here’s the final image.

Have you been keeping a close eye on the clues?  So, what do you think the FilmG 2013 theme is?
Send your answers through Facebook, Twitter or email at us fios@filmg.co.uk.
Remember the competition ends at midnight on Thursday.

Monday, 3 September 2012

FilmG Theme Competition! Image 2

Here is the second image.  

What is the connection between what you saw on Thursday and today’s image? Have you guessed the theme yet?
Send your answers to us through Facebook, Twitter or email fios@filmg.co.uk.
Remember you could be in with a chance of winning a iPad!

Thursday, 30 August 2012

FilmG Theme Competition!

Guess this year’s FilmG theme and be in with a chance of winning an iPad.
FilmG is back for another year, but before the competition starts, we have a challenge for you!
What do you need to do?
Here’s the first of three images – we’ll show you the second on Monday and the final image on Tuesday.

Send us your guesses through Facebook, Twitter or email fios@filmg.co.uk. You’ve got until midnight on Thursday 6th September to enter.  All correct answers will be put into the FilmG Hat and the winner selected by an independent guest on Friday 7th SeptemberWe’ll also announce the FilmG 2013 theme on the same day.
Give it a go and tell us what this image means to you!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

£30,000 funding for FilmG schools’ training programme

Victor MacConnell, MG ALBA Chairman Maggie Choineagan, The First Minister Alex Salmond, Seumas Mehan.

This year’s FilmG training programme for schools will soon be underway thanks to the provision of £30,000 funding from the Scottish Government, in addition to the £20,000 already pledged by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.  The highly successful series of workshops managed by Cànan and delivered through the medium of Gaelic throughout Scotland, will be initiated when schools return after the summer break.

The project, now in its fifth year, has seen an increase in the number of films submitted by young people each year, and in 2012/13 the training programmes hopes to encourage in excess of the 50 films produced in the 12-17 category last year.

The total funding of £50,000 will ensure the quality and range of FilmG’s training, and continue to develop inspiring new films as well as encourage a new generation of Gaelic-speaking film makers.

With the focus on using Gaelic in fun and innovative settings, young people will learn new skills through the language. The training will incorporate all aspects of production for drama and documentary projects, including story development, scripting and performance skills as well as organisational skills and technical expertise.  FilmG will also raise an awareness of exciting career paths for young Gaelic speakers throughout the country.

If your are a Gaelic speaker aged between 12 and 17, and would like FilmG to visit your school or youthgroup, visit our website at www.filmg.co.uk or get in touch at fios@filmg.co.uk

Monday, 16 July 2012


MG ALBA has warmly welcomed the news that FilmG, its Gaelic Short film competition and the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards have both been shortlisted for awards at the Scottish Event Awards 2012. FilmG has been nominated in the best Cultural Event category while the Trad Awards have been nominated in the Best Traditional category. This follows on from the Trads nomination in the Arts and Business Scotland Awards which was announced recently.

FilmG, which has been nominated in the Best Cultural Event category, has been running since 2008 and is managed by Cànan on behalf of MG ALBA. To date over 250 films have been submitted since the competition began. For further information go to  www.filmg.co.uk.

Guest presenter Michelle McManus (centre) with FilmG Winners

The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, which are organized by Hands up for Trad has been shortlisted in the Best Traditional Event category. MG ALBA has sponsored the Scots Trad Music Awards since 2008.

 MG ALBA Scots Trad Awards 2011 at Perth Concert Hall

Donald Campbell, Chief Executive of MG ALBA said “This has been a great week for MG ALBA and our partners. Following on from the news that the Scots Trad Music Awards had been shortlisted in the Arts and Business Scotland Awards, we are delighted now to hear that we have been nominated in two categories at the Scottish Event Awards. We congratulate Cànan and Hands up for Trad for the work that they do with MG ALBA which helps to bring the Gaelic language and culture through music and film to young and old alike in communities throughout Scotland.”

The Scottish Event Awards in association with EventScotland, are now in their fourth year and are judged by an independent panel of individuals with extensive experience within the events industry. The 2012 Awards will be presented in Glasgow on Thursday 6th September.

Monday, 11 June 2012

FilmG at GoNorth

Having just returned from another great festival at GoNorth in Inverness, we thought you’d like to hear all about it.  As usual, FilmG had a table at the festival, where we got to know some fascinating new people whilst catching up with familiar faces. We also met industry professionals running some very interesting projects, and with some fantastic resources on offer.

During the two-day festival a diverse collection of short films were screened at the Mercure Hotel, Church Street. Amongst them were some of the entries from the FilmG 2012 competition: “Taistealachd” by Alison Laing, “Deòir Shona” by Ro Goodwin, “A’ Phàrlamaid” by Sgioba Drama Uibhist, “An Tionnsgalair Craicte” by Tain Royal Academy, “Faradh” by Dolina Munro, “An Àite Eadar na Facail” by Sam Love, “Air Cùl na Gàire” by Stephen MacLeod and “Oidhche Shàmhach” by Elly Welch. Also screened was Tain Royal Academy’s “Gaisgeach gun Fhios”, which won the FilmG Theme Award in 2010.

Northern Lights
Have you heard of the Northern Lights project? We met project director Nick Higgins who told us all about it. Described as a documentary “About you made by you”, the Northern Lights project is looking for raw footage from all over Scotland to create a unique feature-length documentary. They are running workshops throughout the country to help you create your footage ─ anything entered as a result of a workshop is automatically eligible for the Best Workshop £1k award fund. There is also a £750 Best Non-English award - the winner will be chosen by Chris Young, producer of the Inbetweeners. Incidentally, Chris was also on this year’s FilmG judging panel. Visit the website to find out more about the awards on offer.

If you’re interested in entering but not quite sure where to start, here are some questions to think about:
What Can you see? What do you Wish You Had seen? What would you Like to see?

The deadline for entries is in less than a fortnight -- Thursday 21st June -- but there’s still enough time. To find out more have a look at Northern Lights online.

We were also pleased to meet Harvey Osborn from Doddle. Now, what is Doddle? Doddle is a fantastic mobile and online directory designed specifically for the media industry, full of news and industry tools. Since starting 3 years ago, it’s become world-wide ─ you can find anything on Doddle, from Camera Operators to Visual Effects, in Glasgow or in Hollywood. Doddle also features a new Call Sheet App which is taking the production world by storm. Whether you are an industry newby or veteran, if you haven’t heard of Doddle, we’d highly recommend you check it out.

FilmG is now on Kiltr. Come and visit!

Thursday, 23 February 2012



MG ALBA will next month (Friday 9th March) be celebrating its annual Gaelic screen talent awards, FilmG, at The Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow.

This event has become a highlight in the creative and broadcasting industry calendar and a limited amount of tickets has now been made available to the public who will have the opportunity to mingle with Scottish TV stars and industry professionals as well as meet some of the promising film-makers and actors of the future.

An array of special guests will be in attendance to present awards including singer-songwriter and television presenter Michelle McManus, who has started learning Gaelic since being the subject of a BBC ALBA documentary and has subsequently joined the Govan Gaelic Choir.

Television stars who will be presenting awards alongside Michelle McManus include actor and producer, Tony Kearny and STV weatherman, Sean Batty.  

Fiona MacKenzie, continuity broadcaster for BBC ALBA and Sarah Cruickshank, BBC Birmingham weather girl will, for the second year running, be the main event presenters hosting this year’s ceremony.   

Popular Gaelic television presenter, Anne Morrison will be presenting two awards in the adult category, with the Dè a-nis? duo, Siobhan MacInnes and Derek McIntosh awarding a number of prizes in the 12-17 competition.

Joining the line-up of special guest presenters will be the fantastic up-and-coming alternative folk band ‘Donald McDonald & the Islands’, kicking off the event with their single ‘Blown Away’ and providing entertainment throughout the ceremony. 

The event promises to be a night not to miss. Tickets are now available to the public on a first-come first-served basis, so please contact Katie.macleod@mgalba.com if you’d like to attend this prestigious event at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow on Friday 9th March, at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start.   

All entries in this year’s competition, as well as the shortlisted films, can be viewed online on the FilmG website www.filmg.co.uk