Budding film-makers from Forfar Academy were shortlisted for an award recently with their first entry to a national competition.
The school’s film club, which has around 20 members, was nominated in the Best Music Video category at the Film G Awards, for short films made in Gaelic.
Members worked with Ceitidh Smith, Gaelic teacher and singer, to select a song from among her self-penned collection of modern Gaelic music and made an accompanying video, based on the lyrics in translation.
They were represented at the awards, held at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket by Iain Milne, Jack Hutchinson, Bryce McLellan and Barrie Cooper and despite not winning, they were thrilled to have been shortlisted from an initial entry of over 70 schools.
Jack said: “This was a great experience for all the members of the film club – both those who like to be in front of the camera and those who like the more technical, behind the scenes aspects. Attending the awards ceremony proved that our efforts were worth it.”
Dr Steve Kydd, club leader, said the exercise had presented the youngsters with a great opportunity.
He said: “I’m really pleased with the result of the project and to be recognised by the film and television industry in Scotland is testimony to the hard work and dedication of the pupils.”
Headteacher Melvyn Lynch also said that the expansion of Gaelic at the school has been given new impetus by such projects.
He continued: “By taking Gaelic out of the formal classroom setting and into extracurricular activities it shows that despite having limited experience in a language you can still be involved in it.”