Two Argyll schools win at prestigious film awards

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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, 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 

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