Fun and Games – it’s all happening in Argyll and Bute. Pictures by Bill Heaney
By Aileen MacLennan
Two schools in Argyll and Bute are celebrating after winning at this year’s prestigious FilmG Awards.
Pupils from Sandbank Primary School’s Gaelic 5-7 class scooped Best Film Production in the under 12 category, while Islay High School’s entry won Best Film (Learners).
FilmG is an annual event organised by MG ALBA, which celebrates Gaelic screen talent and attracts hundreds of applications each year.
This year’s competition culminated in a highly anticipated awards ceremony broadcast on BBC ALBA on Friday evening (25 February).
Sandbank’s film follows five school friends as they go on a spooky journey to Kilmun – one of Dunoon’s historic landmarks – while Islay’s production explores Easga Bhuidhe na Feidh to find out if it really is just as fearful as legend suggests.
Councillor Robin Currie, pictured right, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, said: “I had the pleasure of viewing both these short films and I cannot believe the high standard displayed by our young people.
“Pupils at Sandbank and Islay have helped to put Argyll and Bute on the map through the use of the Gaelic language, and I for one am very, very proud. We are committed to keeping Gaelic alive in Argyll and Bute and our younger generation are helping us to achieve that.”
The Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, added: “Well done to all the young people involved. The FilmG Awards are highly contested, receiving hundreds of applications each year, so it is a huge achievements for not just one, but two of our schools to win. You are a credit to Argyll and Bute.”
The FilmG Awards Ceremony is on iPlayer now.
Sandbank’s film: Coignear Air Chall | Bun Sgoil Thaigh A’ Chladaich – YouTube
Islay’s film: Easga Bhuidhe na Feidh | Ard Sgoil Ile – YouTube
Meanwhile, the Council is encouraging people to book their places for the third Gaelic Gathering, which takes place virtually via Zoom on Saturday 12 March.
The event is free and provides an opportunity for organisations, community groups and individuals to meet with national organisations and share ideas on how they can work in partnership to help grow the Gaelic language.
Robin Currie, said: “This year’s event will focus specifically on Argyll Gaelic and the variations that exist in terms of local dialect. It will give people the chance to get together and look at what we can do to strengthen the use of Gaelic in the area.
“Gaelic plays a very important part in the history of Argyll and Bute and it is in all our interests to help it flourish and make sure it has a long term future.”
Holding a Gaelic Gathering every two years is part of the Council’s Gaelic Language Plan – a plan that developed to get more people to learn and speak the language, and make the most of the economic benefits that it brings.
The Gaelic Gathering will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm and places can be booked on EventBrite.
A virtual cèilidh will also take place in the evening following the gathering, hosted by Fèisean nan Gàidheal. The event will run from 7pm-9pm on Zoom. Ceilidh only tickets are available from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/271984812897