In June Sealladh and Bòrd na Gàidhlig launched the competition, Seanchas, to put a new sparkle on storytime for 9 - 11 year olds. Seanchas is a writing and film competition which gave two successful youths the opportunity to bring their story alive in a short film with their classmates. In order to win the competion, youths were invited to write a Gaelic story no longer than 500 words. Stories could be based on an event, folklore or be completely new.
We received 33 stories from 6 different schools. Our three judges; Margaret Mary Murray (Head of Gaelic Digital Service, BBC ALBA) , Sarah Jane Campbell (Producer, Young Films) agus Jamie Kieran (Director, Dè a-nis?) chose their five favourite stories, and from their shortlists, Kayleigh and Mòrag from Sealladh picked the two winners.
The winners were Erin from Staffin Primary School which her story ‘An t-ionmhas’, and Maighsi from Acharacle Primary School with ‘An Ciste Òir’. Sealladh worked along with media proffesionals: Debbie MacKay, Arthur Donald and Christopher MacDonald to run workshops with both schools in research, creating a script, acting, filming and editing. There were also workshops in camera, directing and furthermore, the pupils learnt every skill involved with making a drama production from pre-production to post-production.
The two films, 'An t-ionmhas' and 'An Ciste Òir' incorporated a mixture of narration to camera, drama and colourful pictures that the children created.