FilmG Shortlisting Success

Last Friday it was announced that the film the pupils made (An Tur) was shortlisted for the category of Best Production in this year’s FilmG competition. The pupils (and myself) are absolutely delighted with the news, especially as this is the first film that they have finished whilst being part of the filmmaking group that I run at Islay High School. It’s been great to view all the films that have been shortlisted for the various categories and it’s a real showcase for Gaelic medium filmmaking. We’ve certainly got some stiff competition in our category!

In order to attend the ceremony in Inverness on February 5th we’ve decided to make it a bit of a road trip. Myself and five members of the group will also be heading up to Skye to visit the media facilties at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, then head to Inverness for the Awards Ceremony, then down to Glasgow to hopefully pop into the BBC (time willing!), and then back to Islay.

Whoever the judges decide who the winner is, this will be a tremendous experience and adventure for the pupils, and will give them a memory that will last forever – they’re definitely looking forward to putting on their best dresses and suits for the event!

BBC Film Network

Have recently been enjoying checking out the mass of short films that are available on the BBC Film Network site. I would urge you to spend some time delving into the library that they have of up and coming new talent within British film. For example this short Dragonfly is so simple and effective, yet it really encapsulates so much about a young boy’s desire to escape the hardships of his homelife – I’m certain that one or two of you will be inspired by it. I also liked the short film Dog which is quite a dark animated tale of loss and comfort (thanks to Bill Boyd for pointing this one out).

A truly great resource for the classroom. Tomorrow I will be setting my pupils a task to find a short film on the site that moves them and to discuss it with others. Can see this having so many uses for different disciplines across the curriculum.

It just emphasises that we have so much talent in this country.