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The Back School winners

The Western Isles were given a strong showing in the winners list after the winners of this year’s Gaelic short film competition, FilmG, were announced on Friday night (February 23) 

Cllr Donald MacSween, Chair of the Comhairle’s Gaelic Committee said: “I would like to congratulate all the schools and community groups who were shortlisted and especially to those who won prizes. 

"FilmG gives excellent opportunities for participants to develop their media skills and it was good to see the islands so well represented. 

"I am sure all those in attendance at the awards ceremony thoroughly enjoyed the experience and they are all excellent Gaelic ambassadors their schools and in the wider community”.

  • BaidhsaGaels by pupils from the Nicolson Institute won the Best Documentary category (-18)
  • Aillse, Sealladh Marsaili by Sgoil Lionacleit won the FilmG Choice Award (-18)
  • Fuirich air Falbh by Sgoil a' Bhac won the Best Youth Group award (-18)
  • Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (the Galson Estate Trust) won the Community Award (18+

The winners from The Nicolson Institute

A highlights programme was shown on BBC ALBA yesterday evening (Sunday 25 February and can be seen on demand on BBC iPlayer: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001wsfr

The winners were announced to an audience of almost 500 filmmakers, industry professionals, and FilmG devotees.

The event took place in the Lomond Auditorium of the SEC in Glasgow and was hosted by BBC ALBA stars Lana Pheutan and Hannah McKirdy who saw winners crowned across 16 categories.

Taking top spot in the under 18 competition was Parker Dawes who won the Best Film for Iomlaineachd (Perfection). This is the second year in a row that Dawes has picked up the Best Film Award, a testament to his Gaelic storytelling ability and continued investment in his craft, earmarking him as one of Scotland’s best young film talents.

Other winners include Thurso High School who won the new Inspiration Award in the under 18 competition for their film, Ar Sealladh aig Àrd-sgoil Inbhir Theòrsa, a documentary that explores the views of Thurso’s teachers and pupils on Gaelic medium education. The Inspiration Award in the over 18 competition went to Edinburgh-based filmmaker, Luca Kerr, for his horror Campachadh (Camping).

Individual prizes went to Inverness filmmaker Rachel Urquhart who won the Technical Excellence Award (18+) for her work on her documentary, Còisir – Mgr M!, about the impact of Mr MacMillan and his choir at Inverness Gaelic Primary School. The Rionnag Award (-18), for the best off-screen contribution, went to polyglot Jasmine Krzyzanowska-Pawlak from Millburn Academy in Inverness – who is learning Gaelic as her third language - for her camera work on Sealladh na Bànrigh.

Last year's Best Performance winner, Finlay Morrison, has once again won the award in the under 18 competition, however, this year he shares the accolade with his brother Calum for their performances in the comedy, Bràthair Mòr Nan Gàidheal!!.

There were also two winners for the FilmG Choice Award – the only awards selected by public vote via the FilmG website. In the under 18 competition the winner was Sgoil Lionacleit, on the Isle of Benbecula, for their moving film, Aillse, Sealladh Marsaili, which explores Marsaili’s journey with cancer from a young age. In the over 18 competition, Skye’s Niamh MacKinnon took home the Choice Award for her film, Glac an Latha, which encourages everyone to embrace the present.

FilmG Project Manager, Megan Dale, said: “ “2024 has been a year of firsts for FilmG; we had our first entrants from Canada; it was our first year at the SEC; we had new presenters; and our biggest-ever audience of 500 attending the awards. Our bigger venue meant that more nominees and FilmG enthusiasts could attend the awards and this added a real buzz to the event. A huge congratulations to all the nominees and winners – it was fantastic seeing them all dressed up for the awards night and it truly felt like the Gaelic Baftas.”

MG ALBA's Head of Publishing, Maggie Taylor, said:“What becomes evident – looking at the talented list of FilmG winners - is that Gaelic storytellers hail from all over Scotland. We have winners from Thurso, Inverness, Skye, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Western Isles.

“A big thank-you to Lana and Hannah who did a fantastic job at keeping the room captivated whilst presenting awards to the next generation of Gaelic filmmakers. Hopefully nights like the FilmG Awards encourage Gaelic speakers to continue making films and that their stories and voices are incredibly important in shaping Scotland’s storytelling.”

A full list of films from FilmG can be found at www.filmg.co.uk.

(The comment from CnES was added after the article had been initially published.) 

FilmG 2024 winners in full

Gaelic

English

Under 18

Film as Fheàrr (-18)

  • Iomlaineachd
    Parker Dawes

 

Cluiche as Fheàrr (-18)

  • Fionnlagh & Calum Moireasdan
    Bràthair Mòr Nan Gàidheal!!

 

Film Aithriseach as Fheàrr (-18)

  • BaidhsaGaels
    Balaich CnaG Àrd-sgoil MhicNeacail

 

Rionnag as Fheàrr (-18)

  • Jasmine Krzyzanowska-Pawlak
    Sealladh na Bànrigh

 

Coltas as Fheàrr (-18)         

  • Na Caimbeulaich

            Sgoil Ghràmair Dhùn Omhain

 

Sgioba Òg as Fheàrr (-18)

  • Fuirich air Falbh

            Sgoil a' Bhac

 

Sgeulachd as Fheàrr (-18)

  • A Bheil Thu An Sin?

            Dealbhan Spèileachan-rola Air Chall

 

An Duais Bhrosnachail (-18)

  • Ar Sealladh aig Àrd-sgoil Inbhir Theòrsa

Àrd-sgoil Inbhir Theòrsa

 

Duais Roghainn FilmG (-18)

  • Aillse, Sealladh Marsaili

            Sgoil Lìonacleit

 

Best Film (-18)

  • Iomlaineachd
    Parker Dawes

 

Best Performance (-18)

  • Finlay & Calum Morrison
    Bràthair Mòr Nan Gàidheal!!

 

Best Documentary (-18)

  • BaidhsaGaels
    Balaich CnaG Nicolson Institute

 

 

Rionnag (Star Award) (-18)

  • Jasmine Krzyzanowska-Pawlak
    Sealladh na Bànrigh

 

Best Production Design (-18)

  • Na Caimbeulaich

            Dunoon Grammar School 

 

Best Youth Group (-18)

  • Fuirich air Falbh

            Sgoil a' Bhac

 

Sgeulachd (Best Story) (-18)

  • A Bheil Thu An Sin?

            Lost Rollerskate Pictures

 

 

The Inspiration Award (-18)

  • Ar Sealladh aig Àrd-sgoil Inbhir Theòrsa

            Thurso High School

 

Choice Award (-18)

  • Aillse, Sealladh Marsaili

            Sgoil Lionacleit

Over 18

Film as Fheàrr (18+)

  • Sealladh mo Sheanair

            Kayleigh Bell

 

Cluiche as Fheàrr (18+)

  • Evie Waddell

            Fios no Fois

 

An Duais Coimhearsnachd (18+)

  • Ar Coimhearsnachd, Ar Beachdan

            Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn

 

Coltas as Fheàrr (18+)

  • Blàr nan Gàidheal

            FC Sonas

 

An Sàr-dhuais Teicnigeach (18+)

  • Raonaid Urchadan

            Còisir - Mgr M!

 

An Duais Bhrosnachail (18+)

  • Campachadh

            Luca Kerr

 

Duais Roghainn FilmG (18+)

  • Glac an Latha

            Niamh NicFhionghain

Best Film (18+)

  • Sealladh mo Sheanair

            Kayleigh Bell

 

Best Performance (18+)

  • Evie Waddell

            Fios no Fois

 

Community Award (18+)

  • Ar Coimhearsnachd, Ar Beachdan

            Galson Estate Trust

  

Best Production Design (18+)

  • Blàr nan Gàidheal

            FC Sonas

 

The Technical Excellence Award (18+)

  • Rachel Urquhart

            Còisir - Mgr M!

 

The Inspiration Award (18+)

  • Campachadh

            Luca Kerr

 

Choice Award (18+)

  • Glac an Latha

            Niamh MacKinnon