Helen Mackinnon of the MG ALBA sponsored FilmG short film competition will be visiting the UWSAyr campus on Wednesday. In room A 103 at 4 pm on the 13th of October she will throw down a challenge to all local film makers. Can you create a 3 to 5 minute short film in the medium of the Gaelic Language? One of our students, Lynn Stewart took the challenge last year and won!
You don’t have to be a fluent speaker in Gaelic but you DO need to be interested in filmmaking. If so, you should give the FilmG shorts competition a go!
Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience in making films. FilmG have a range of training initiatives available to you and if you need help with your Gaelic check out TàlantG on the FilmG Website to find a talented Gaelic speaker who can help you with your film. If you already work in the industry, as long as you don’t have a broadcast credit as a producer or a director you can enter.
This year’s theme is ‘Lamh an Uachdar’ (The Upper Hand). If your film is distinctive, imaginative and engaging, you could win some fantastic cash prizes, as well as make important industry contacts, that could help you towards a career in broadcasting.
As usual the FilmG’s prizes are fantastic, you’ll be hard pressed to find a film competition in the country that can match this.
Best Drama Short: £2,500
Best Factual Short: £2,500
Best Student Film: £1000
Best Performance :£1,000
Best First-time Director: (Industry) £1,000
Best First-time Director: (New Entrant) £1,000
Best Student Director: 1 month paid work-placement with media company
FilmG Theme Award: £1,000
This year there’s an added a work-placement prize for the best student director. If you are a student this could be your chance to get a foot in the door and get hands-on experience working in the industry.
Don’t forget, that the competition can open doors for you in the Scottish media industry. The BBC ALBA commissioners will be looking at every film submitted, and national organisations such as Scottish Screen, BAFTA Scotland and BBC Scotland attend the awards ceremony and are happy to chat and give advice on how to pursue a career in the industry.
Helen will be holding a meeting open to all in Room A 103 at 4 pm on Weds 13th at the University Of The West Of Scotland Craigie campus. Please come along, even if you are not a Gaelic speaker you may be able to become part of a team who have the chance to win the cash prizes.