Breaking news: Trotternish cast eye film double

A NATIONAL film awards has shortlisted a production involving Trotternish youngsters in TWO different categories.

Despite fierce competition, the prestigous FilmG contest has recognised the efforts of children from the Dannsairean an Eilein Sgitheanaich and the Totternish Folk Group who featured in the short film “Siuthad a’Sheonaid.”

The north Skye entry has been nominated in the Best Community Film and Best Music categories.

A spokeswoman for FilmG announced last night: “We are extremely happy to announce this year’s shortlists with budding filmmakers, community groups and school groups from around the country making the final cut. This year’s theme, ‘Gealladh’ (Promise/Vow) inspired an array of new ideas and stories from filmmakers, meaning the judges had a difficult yet exciting task. The jury panels comprised of a variety of BBC ALBA and freelance industry professionals, including actor and director Tony Kearney, TV presenter Linda MacLeod, as well as BBC ALBA’s head of service Margaret Mary Murray.”

Some of the young cast during filming..

Some of the young cast during filming..

The film, which lasts almost four minutes and was shot in Kilmuir in January, revolves around Seonaid and her tough life dealing with a pipe-loving and stern hubby and lively brood of sons. Youngsters from Staffin, Kilmuir, Uig and Portree and Macdiarmid primary schools all feature.

The cast still need supporters to vote in the People’s Choice category as they eye a potential treble. Click on the link to vote

Meanwhile, Kilmuir’s Ronan White was also nominated in the Best Young Filmmaker and Best Music Video section. The 12-year-old, influenced by Danny MacAskill’s Cuillins’ feats, is filmed tackling the Trotternish Ridge on two wheels.

The winners will be announced at the FilmG awards ceremony at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on March 27. Film is a national Gaelic short film competition which was launched in 2008.