Published: 22/02/2016 16:40 - Updated: 22/02/2016 17:09

League Of Highland Gents' film win

Comedy award winners, The League of Highland Gentlemen, pictured with Gaelic music legend Fergie MacDonald and Gaelic rapper Griogair Labhraidh.
Comedy award winners, The League of Highland Gentlemen, pictured with Gaelic music legend Fergie MacDonald and Gaelic rapper Griogair Labhraidh.

 

A FILM made by a band of musicians from the West Highlands and islands has won best comedy at the FilmG awards ceremony.

It was handed to the four-piece by Acharacle musician, band leader and legend Fergie Macdonald In the open category.

The League of Highland Gentlemen is  made up of musicians from the West Highlands and Islands -Ewen Henderson from Lochaber, Ross Wilson from Oban, Alec Dalglish from Glasgow and Seonaidh Macintyre from South Uist.

They made thieir comedy about controversial ferry sailings between Mallaig and Lochboisdale. Their film Seachdain gun Seòladh (A Week Without Sailing) follows the ferry the Loch Never as it travels between Mallaig Street and Uist Street in Glasgow. But for various reasons never makes it to its final destination...

MG ALBA, the Gaelic Media Service's FilmG competition was streamed live for the first time this year

Held at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, on Friday, the ceremony was hosted by Fiona MacKenzie, face of BBC ALBA, and Niall Iain Macdonald, TV & radio presenter.

Donald Campbell, chief executive of MG ALBA, said: “The aim of FilmG is to encourage people of all ages to create new digital content in Gaelic and we have been delighted yet again with the level of entries received across the board. The competition is all about having fun whilst at the same time offering a platform for aspiring filmmakers to get recognised and benefit from potential opportunities available in the Gaelic media and creative industries.

“The competition has grown significantly over its eight-year history, becoming increasingly interactive and more relevant with younger generations through online channels.

"This year’s objective was to inspire young Gaelic speakers to go-it-alone and make their own film and Ross McKenzie, who won best young film-maker, is a fine example of the talent we want to nurture over the years to come.

“We’d like to congratulate those who scooped an award as well as offer our praise to everyone who took part in the competition as it continues to unearth an array of creative Gaelic talent.”

Every film entered in this year’s FilmG competition is available to view online at www.filmg.co.uk.

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