A GAELIC film competition has welcomed a number of Canadian film entries for the first time.

Seven Nova Scotian short films have been entered for Scotland’s annual FilmG festival this year.

Four of these films have been shortlisted for the awards ceremony this Friday at Glasgow’s SEC.

The festival, run by MG Alba, provides opportunities for young people to participate in Gaelic media.

Megan Dale, FilmG project manager, said: “This year we were particularly impressed by perspectives outside of Scotland and the reach Gaelic has internationally.

“We had a fantastic time visiting Nova Scotia last summer and were inspired by the wealth of talent across the pond. It’s great to see it being showcased amongst this year’s FilmG competition."

The four shortlisted Nova Scotian films join over 50 others all vying for “Best Production Design”, “Technical Excellence” and the “Best Film” awards.

Nominated for the “Inspiration Award”, Whycocomagh Education Centre produced the film An Tàillear Paraisteach. The elementary school, in Cape Breton, provides core Gaelic language programs to children.

The film explores John the tailor's journey across the ocean from Scotland to Nova Scotia and what happens when a whale takes interest in his boat.

Dùghall Mac A' Phi, from Cape Breton, has been nominated in the “Best Performance” category for his role in An Leabhar Prìseil.

The short film, produced by the Gaelic Filmmakers Society of Nova Scotia, explores a Gaelic speaker's quest to find a sought-after book in his local library.

Joyce MacDonald from the Gaelic Filmmakers Society of Nova Scotia said: “We're a group of Scottish Gaelic learners who are interested in filmmaking. In 2021 we got together and started organising workshops to help Gaelic speakers and learners tell stories on film.

“Many of the Gaelic learners here are the children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of Gaelic speakers, but due to social pressures and shame, families mostly stopped passing on the language.

“Film is a way of telling stories, and we're so pleased to see our Nova Scotian stories among the entries to FilmG this year.”

Colette Thomas, born in Halifax and raised on Cape Breton with her Gaelic-speaking grandfather, has had her documentary Na Gàidheal Dubha nominated for the Inspiration Award.

The documentary explores the origins of a black Gaelic-speaking cook featured in Rudyard Kipling’s 1896 novel Captains Courageous.

Jude Sampson, a Nova Scotian Gaelic learner, has had their movie Seall agus Innis nominated for “Best Production Design”.

Their film follows eight different people as they ask the question, “what is the last thing I loved”.

Maggie Taylor, MG Alba's Head of Publishing, congratulated all nominees this year and recognised the ‘diverse selection’ of stories.

“For the first time, the nominees list includes Gaelic filmmakers from the Isle of Man and Canada, showing the international reach of the Gaelic film competition,” she said.

“The awards night is where this talent can be recognized, and I'm excited to see who will be crowned FilmG winners on the 23rd of February.”

The ceremony will be live-streamed to YouTube from 7:30pm on Friday, and a highlights programme will broadcast on BBC Alba two days later on Sunday.