Pupils take home the Gaelic film ‘Oscar’

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Pupils from Greenfaulds High school in Cumbernauld scooped a top prize in the national Gaelic film awards, FilmG.

The Greenfaulds entry, entitled Dòchas (Hope) is a brief documentary about a group of pupils and their views of the world around them and how they see their futures. It won the Best Factual Film award at a recent ceremony in the Arches in Glasgow, sponsored by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) and presented by Iain MacInnes of BBC Alba.

Donald MacKay, teacher at Greenfaulds High School, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for young Gaelic speakers not only to demonstrate their ability when it comes to their use of the language, but to put their creative skills into practice. It is clear that there are an amazing number of young people out there with creative minds who are willing and able to put their ideas on screen. The increasing number of submissions into the FilmG competition is an indicator of the enthusiasm there is amongst young people for the Gaelic language.”

The night was attended by several well-known Scottish actors and all 62 films submitted to the contest can be viewed at www.filmg.co.uk.

Michael Hines, director and FilmG judge, said: “I am delighted to have been a judge for this year’s FilmG competition and it’s a great honour to present the People’s Choice Award at such a wonderful event, because after all - the people are the real judges of our work.”

Donald Campbell, chief executive of MG ALBA said: “This year’s FilmG has been very exciting.”