Call For: Entries for Celtic Media Festival 2019

The Celtic Media Festival, the biggest media festival in the Celtic nations and regions has opened its call for Entries. Film and programme makers may submit entries for the prestigious Torc Awards for Excellence online at www.celticmediafestival.co.uk.

The Celtic Media Festival 2019, the 40th anniversary, will take place in Aviemore, Scotland, the first time the festival has been held in the town. A total of 23 Torc Awards will be presented at the 2019 Festival. Full details of the festival programme, delegate registration, and how to purchase tickets, will be announced early next year.

The 40th Celtic Media Festival takes place from the 4th-6th of June 2019 and will see hundreds of delegates enjoy a packed festival programme in Aviemore. Supported by BBC Scotland, RTÉ, TG4, BBC Wales, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland, Television De Galicia, XPO North, MG ALBA, S4C and the Highland Council, the festival consistently attracts international delegates wherever it is held and offers a programme that celebrates the influential media industry of the Celtic nations and regions, as well as providing networking opportunities for delegates and speakers alike.

For full information on the Call for Entries and award categories, and a first look at the 2019 Festival identity, go to www.celticmediafestival.co.uk

 

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Celtic Media Festival Revealed Nominees

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The Celtic Media Festival has revealed the nominees for the prestigious Torc Awards for Excellence. The winners are set to be revealed at the 37th Festival in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland from 20th – 22nd April.

Nominees from over 90 production companies and broadcasters will compete across 23 award categories, including Arts, Comedy, Current Affairs, Drama Series, Factual Single, Sport, Radio Documentary and more. Entries for the 2016 Awards again surpassed 500 submissions, with the Festival consistently attracting applications from high-standard productions from across the Celtic nations and regions; 10 separate juries undertook almost 370 hours of listening and viewing to produce a shortlist of the very best in productions in the past year.

The 2016 host nation, Ireland, has 42 productions in the running for a Torc Award including Factual Single nominee, Cumann na mBan – Mná na Réabhlóide. Produced by Genefile Ltd for TG4, it tells the story of the women of Cumann na mBan during Ireland’s revolutionary period. With 2016 marking the centenary of the 1916 Rising the piece affords recognition to the female-led organisation that played a vital role in Ireland during 1914 – 1923.

Among other documentaries nominated is One Million Dubliners, the story of Dublin’s city of the dead – Glasnevin Cemetery. The cemetery’s inhabitants outnumber those living in Dublin, and the documentary explores life, death and the afterlife in an immensely engaging manner. Produced by Underground Films in association with RTÉ it is ultimately a piece about contemporary Irish society: the people, their traditions, their attitudes and rituals.

BAFTA-winning and Oscar nominated Short Drama, Boogaloo and Graham, was shot in four days around the city of Belfast, and centres on two brothers who are over the moon when presented with two baby chicks to care for. Produced by Out of Orbit, the short captured the hearts of many with its depiction of 1970s Belfast and two young boys who discover life lessons with the help of their pet chickens.

The Notorious, a six-part feature series following UFC fighter Conor McGregor’s life behind closed doors was produced by Motive Television and first broadcast on RTÉ, and is nominated for a Torc Award for Excellence in Sport. The success of the Irishman’s TV narrative led to Fox Sports broadcasting the hit series to over 90 million homes in America.

Scotland, the festival’s home in 2015, received 37 nominations across a range of categories for productions including Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Specials 2014, a festive episode of the hugely popular comedy created by BBC Comedy Production, and Catch Me If You Can, a BBC Scotland investigation into the world of doping in athletics, spanning more than 30 years and involving some of the biggest stars in the sport. The programme is nominated in Current Affairs.

Welsh nominees include Y Gwyll / Hinterland, Fiction Factory and S4C/BBC’s ground-breaking, gripping crime drama that won a Torc Award for Excellence in Drama Series in 2014. Michael Sheen’s Valleys Rebellion, a Cwmni Da/BBC production nominated in Factual Single commemorates the 175th anniversary of the Newport Rising. The esteemed actor goes on a personal journey to discover the cause of political disillusionment in the Wales of today.

Cornwall’s Poldark is nominated in Drama Series, always a particularly strong category in the Torc Awards for Excellence. The Mammoth Screen Limited/BBC drama relays the story of Ross Poldark and his struggle to regain control of his Cornish tin mines following his involvement in the American War of Independence. Now shown internationally across the US, Australia, Sweden and more the series has become hugely popular since it was first broadcast in early 2015. The nominees for the 2016 Torc Awards for Excellence include a number of submissions from Brittany in 7 different categories, including Paotred Al Loc’h – a documentary about 2 men who live in rural Brittany, who have been together for 25 years and have just celebrated their wedding. This engaging piece, produced by France Télévisions – France 3 Bretagne, explores Gay Marriage and tolerance in rural societies.

The nominations for Radio Presenter of the Year span Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s Dónall Mac Ruairí, BBC Radio Cymru’s Beti George and BBC Radio Scotland’s Edi Stark on the road to potentially winning a prestigious Torc Award for Excellence.

Festival Director, Catriona Logan said: “Every year, we’re taken aback by the quality of programming that is entered into Celtic Media Festival. The Celtic Nations and Regions are a force to be reckoned with creatively, and we’re proud to be involved in recognising this. It’s hugely important to acknowledge the stellar work that these people do, and all the entries this year are testament to the talent and skill that these programme makers have. The record-breaking entries were whittled down by our dedicated National Juries who, in all, watched and listened to over 370 hours of top quality submissions and we’re looking forward getting to work with the Celtic Media Festival International Jury for the difficult task of choosing the winners.”

The 37th Celtic Media Festival takes place over 20th – 22nd April 2016 and will see hundreds of delegates enjoy a packed Festival programme in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Waterford City and County Council, TG4, BBC Scotland, RTÉ, MG ALBA, S4C, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Cymru Wales, the Festival consistently attracts international delegates wherever it is held and offers a programme that celebrates the influential media industry of the Celtic nations and regions, as well as providing networking opportunities for delegates and speakers alike.

Showcasing the best work from Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales, the Festival is expected to attract some of the biggest names in the media world to the town. Previous high-profile guests include Tilda Swinton, Rhys Ifans, Peter Mullan, Ken Loach, The Killing Director Birger Larsen, River producer Chris Carey and My Mad Fat Diary writer/showrunner Tom Bidwell. 2016 sees the introduction of the inaugural International Pitching Forum, which will see some of the most important commissioners and decision makers in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK attend the Festival to hear formal pitches as part of the Forum. Although the Festival is primarily for industry delegates, there will be a wider programme of events.

Delegate registration for Celtic Media Festival 2016 is now open – visit www.celticmediafestival.co.uk for more information. Further details on the Festival will be unveiled shortly, with the full programme set to be revealed soon.

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Call For: Entries for Celtic Media Festival

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The biggest media festival in the Celtic regions has opened its call for entries, after receiving a record 500 entries in 2014. The Celtic Media Festival’s Call for Entries is open from today, Monday 14th September, with film and programme makers, and digital media and radio producers, able to submit entries for the prestigious Torc Awards for Excellence online at www.celticmediafestival.co.uk.

 

Next year’s event takes place in Dungarvan in County Waterford, Ireland, and, with the addition of three brand-new award categories in Comedy, Radio Comedy and Radio Magazine Show, a total of 24 Torc Awards will be presented at the 2016 Festival. Over the years the Festival has celebrated the very best in Celtic media, with BBC/Hartswood Films’ Sherlock, BBC/RTÉ/Artists Studio Ltd’s The Fall and BBC Cymru Wales’ Doctor Who just a few of the major productions to be nominated for Torc Awards for Excellence. Past winners include RTÉ One’s Love/Hate, Fiction Factory’s Y Gwyll/Hinterland and TG4/Magamedia’s Corp + Anam.
 
The 37th Celtic Media Festival takes place over 20th – 22nd April 2016 and will see hundreds of delegates enjoy a packed festival programme in the Irish town. Supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Waterford City and County Council, TG4, BBC Scotland, RTÉ, MG ALBA, S4C, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Cymru Wales, the festival consistently attracts international delegates wherever it is held and offers a programme that celebrates the influential media industry of the Celtic nations and regions, as well as providing networking opportunities for delegates and speakers alike.

 

Full information on the Call for Entries and award categories are available at www.celticmediafestival.co.uk

 

The Celtic Media Festival 2016 will take place in Dungarvan in County Waterford, Ireland, from 20th – 22nd April 2016. The festival has been held in Ireland 9 times previously.

 

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Celtic Media Festival

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The Celtic Media Festival, which takes place next week in Inverness (22 – 24 Apr), is a 3-day celebration of film, TV, radio and digital media which promotes the languages and cultures of the Celtic nations and regions and attracts big name guests from the film and TV industry.

 

The festival has 3 strands – the programme of panel discussions for delegates, the Torc Awards for Excellence (which celebrate the best works to emerge from Celtic nations and regions) and a public programme strand.

 

Full programme details are available here: http://www.celticmediafestival.co.uk/the-programme

 

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Call For: Entries for Celtic Media Festival

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Celtic Media Festival have announced its annual Call for Entries, with film and programme makers and digital media producers able to submit entries for the prestigious Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence from 8th of September. The Celtic Media Festival, which is been supported by the Highland Council, VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund, Inverness Common Good Fund and Creative Scotland as well as broadcasters and broadcast authorities from the Celtic nations and regions, celebrates the unique languages and cultures of the Celtic nations and regions on screen and in broadcasting, and the awards honour the very best of film, television, radio and digital media.

The winners will be selected by an international jury and unveiled at the 36th Celtic Media Festival, which takes place in Inverness from 22nd – 24th April 2015.

Entries must be submitted by October 31st 2014. Full information on the Call for Entries and award categories are available online at www.celticmediafestival.co.uk

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Inverness to Host 36th Celtic Media Festival

 
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Inverness has been chosen as the host city for a major international festival renowned for attracting some the biggest names in the broadcasting and film world.
The 36th annual Celtic Media Festival will be held in Inverness next spring, having been held in the Scottish city twice before in 1987 and 1991 and elsewhere in Scotland seven times. 2015 dates and venue in Inverness will be announced over the coming months. The three day celebration of broadcasting and film talent will showcase the very best film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from Cornwall, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and Brittany within the past year.
The announcement follows a hugely successful 35th festival held in St Ives which featured talks and sessions from The Bridge producer Bo Erdhart, My Mad Fat Diary writer and showrunner Tom Bidwell, CEO of Northern Ireland Screen Richard Williams and former Channel 4 Commissioning Editor Marianne Buckland.
The Celtic Media Festival promotes the unique languages and cultures of the Celtic nations and regions on screen and in broadcasting. It is expected to attract over 300 delegates, and host of big name guests and prestigious industry figures to the city. Previous high profile speakers include actors Tilda Swinton, Rhys Ifans and Peter Mullan, film maker Ken Loach, director of The Killing Birger Larsen, News International’s Director of Communications (and former Communications Director for Boris Johnson) Guto Harri, Jimmy McGovern, Doctor Who and Torchwood producer Russell T Davies.
Though the Celtic Media Festival is primarily for industry delegates, there will be a wider programme of local screenings, exhibitions, evening entertainment and celebrity interviews open to the public, including a series of master-classes and seminars for local students.
One of the highlights of the Celtic Media Festival will be the presentation of the prestigious Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence. The awards celebrate the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from within the Celtic diaspora with Celtic languages featuring prominently across all categories.  The winners will be selected by an international jury, and presented with their awards in Inverness over the three-day event.
Festival Chair, Pádhraic Ó Ciardha said: “We are delighted to be returning to Scotland and to the Highlands for next year’s Festival. Our delegates come from far and near in the Celtic nations and regions and their output spans across the full spectrum of film, TV, radio as well as all forms of digital storytelling. Inbhir Nis/Inverness is an ideal location for such a gathering and we have very happy memories of our previous two Festivals there.”
 
Councillor Alex Graham, Provost of Inverness said: “Attracting international events and festivals to the City is important to the local economy as they generate income for visitor providers and publicise the City to people across the globe. I look forward to meeting and welcoming all the Celtic Media Festival delegates next spring and take this opportunity to wish the Celtic Media Festival organisers every success.”
Councillor Hamish Fraser, Chairperson of The Highland Council’s Gaelic Implementation Group said:  “I am delighted that the Celtic Media Festival is returning home to the Highland Capital next year. The Celtic Media Festival supports the development of lesser used languages across the Celtic nations and is a hugely important event in the Gaelic calendar.
The growth of Gaelic within the media has expanded significantly over the last few years and the Festival helps to increase the profile of Gaelic and creates confidence in the use of the language, within all forms of media in new and innovative ways.
The Celtic Media Festival taking place in Inverness will support the work of the Council’s Gaelic Language Plan and I am therefore very much looking forward to being part of, and assisting the Festival, when it comes to Inverness next year.”
Tom Bidwell, My Mad Fat Diary writer/showrunner and speaker/panellist at Celtic Media Festival 2013 in St Ives said: “Celtic Media Festival is important because it keeps Celtic culture and language in people’s conscience. There are some very talented people working in this section of the industry and some great pieces of work being produced and to recognise that and to spend a few days celebrating that is invaluable.”
For more information please visit www.celticmediafestival.co.uk
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Celtic Media Festival 2014 Programme Revealed

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Celtic Media Festival organisers have unveiled the programme for the 35th festival, revealing that some of the biggest names in the broadcasting and film world will be heading to St Ives over 2-4 April. Some of the most influential names from the broadcasting and film industries will attend the 3-day celebration of film, television, radio and digital media which promotes the unique languages and cultures of the Celtic nations and regions.

 

The 2014 festival will celebrate the influential media industry of the Celtic nations and regions, with leading media figures set to appear at the festival. The programme will also discuss Northern Ireland’s emergence as a top filming location, and the off screen gender gap and whether it influences onscreen portrayals, with sessions including discussions on the positive effects major film and TV productions bring to local communities and how radio is on par with emerging technologies.

 

Celtic Media Festival 2014 programme highlights will include:

 

 
An interview with Richard Williams, CEO of Northern Ireland Screen, on Northern Ireland’s growing reputation as the “go to” location for major film and television production in Europe. Under Richard’s leadership, Northern Ireland Screen developed the Paint Hall at Titanic Quarter into a much sought after film studio which has attracted the likes of Universal Pictures and HBO’s Game of Thrones, and has also supported the development and production of independent films and digital content projects, including Steve McQueen’s Hunger (starring Michael Fassbender) which won the Camera D’Or and Terry and Oorlagh George’s Oscar winning The Shore. With Game of Thrones and The Fall just a few of the major productions filmed in Northern Ireland, Richard will discuss how this affinity for the country arose and whether having major productions based there has had any positive effects on the local production community.

 

An all-star line-up of panellists will debate whether the gender gap off screen influences what is seen on screen in film and television in “Here Come The Girls”. Justin Thomson Glover, who is Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed thriller The Fall (which stars Gillian Anderson and Fifty Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan) will join My Mad Fat Diary writer and showrunner Tom Bidwell (whose short film WISH 143 was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film), Morag Fullerton (director of the hugely successful detective drama series Scott & Bailey), for a discussion chaired by former Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, Marianne Buckland. With more male writers and directors in the television and film industry than female, the panel will discuss whether this affects how women are portrayed in drama.

 

Bo Erhardt, producer of The Bridge which has been hailed as one of the finest crime dramas to hit screens in recent years, will join Mícheál Ó Meallaigh (TG4 Director of Commissioning), Gwawr Martha Lloyd (S4C Commissioning Editor, Drama) for a panel discussion, chaired by BBC Scotland Commissioning Editor Ewan Angus, focusing on why co-productions aren’t more popular. They’ll discuss the wealth of ways to work with people across the world, in light of television budgets becoming smaller, and co-productions seeming an obvious way forward for smaller players.

 

High profile speakers to appear over the three days of the festival include British television writer/producer/director and novelist Jed Mercurio, whose work includes Line of Duty, Bodies, The Grimleys and Cardiac Arrest, plus Charles Wace, founder of Twofour (Broadcast Awards’ Best Independent Production Company in 2010 and 2014) who will give the festival’s keynote speech. In the last year Twofour produced 250 hours of original broadcast programming across all major UK broadcasters including Splash (ITV), Educating Yorkshire (Channel 4), Harry’s Arctic Heroes (BBC One), Cornwall with Caroline Quentin (ITV), James Nesbitt’s Ireland (ITV) and Bradley Wiggins – A Year in Yellow (Sky Atlantic HD).

 

Chris Carey, producer of This is Jiny, Run and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (based on the book by Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams) will appear as part of the festival’s GreenLight strand. Also appearing is Danny Marie Elias, manager of renowned prosthetic company Gorton Studios whose tutors have worked on productions including Doctor Who, Sherlock, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and World War Z.

 

Featuring panellists from multiple Celtic regions, “Radio Is The Future” focuses on the importance of radio, alongside the emergence of technologies that will play their part in the “always-on” content revolution, and how it’s a medium in many ways already future-proofed but perhaps under used. Chaired by Head of RTE Radio na Gaeltachta Edel Ní Chuireáin, the panel also includes Jeff Zyncinski (Head of BBC Radio Scotland) and Dan Healy (Head of RTE 2fm).

 

Delegate registration is open now, with delegates able to access to the full daytime programme of events, as well as the Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence, which celebrate the very best of film, television, radio and interactive media to emerge from within the Celtic nations.  The prestigious Bronze Torc Awards see over 100 productions from over 70 production companies and broadcasters shortlisted across 20 award categories, which include animation, current affairs, drama, entertainment, sport, factual and feature length drama, plus Best App, Music Programme and Radio Sports.  Organisers were inundated with over 400 submissions from across Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, the Isle of Man and Ireland, and the winners will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges and announced over the three days of the festival.

 

Festival Chair, Pádhraic Ó Ciardha said: “We are delighted to be bringing the festival back to Cornwall and to St Ives.  This annual gathering is a unique blend of celebration, competition and discussion of diverse strands and amazing digital storytelling in all the Celtic nations and regions.”
 

 

Head of BBC South West, Leo Devine added: “With such a wealth of talent from the broadcast, film and digital media industries confirmed for Celtic Media Festival 2014, we are so looking forward to welcoming them to St Ives in April. The quality of speakers this year is, as ever, impressive and this year’s festival is shaping up to be a fantastic event.”
 

 

Jed Mercurio, British television writer/producer/director/novelist said: “My first production was based in Scotland and my latest was in Northern Ireland. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work in the Celtic Nations and I’m very much looking forward to attending the festival.”
 

 

More announcements will follow. The 35th annual Celtic Medial Festival will take place in the Tregenna Castle Hotel, St Ives over 2-4 April.

 

For further details on delegate registration, the programme and shortlist for the Bronze Torc Awards, please visit: www.celticmediafestival.co.uk

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St Ives to Host 35th Celtic Media Festival

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St Ives has been chosen as the host city for a major international festival renowned for attracting some of the biggest names in the broadcasting and film world.
The 35th annual Celtic Media Festival will be held in St Ives over 2nd – 4th April 2014, having been held in the Cornish seaside town once before in 1997. The three day celebration of broadcasting and film talent will showcase the very best film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from Cornwall, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and Brittany within the past year.
The Celtic Media Festival promotes the unique languages and cultures of the Celtic nations and regions on screen and in broadcasting. It is expected to attract over 300 delegates, and host of big name guests and prestigious industry figures to the city. Previous high profile speakers include actors Tilda Swinton, Rhys Ifans and Peter Mullan, film maker Ken Loach, director of The Killing Birger Larsen, News International’s Director of Communications (and former Communications Director for Boris Johnson) Guto Harri, Jimmy McGovern and Doctor Who and Torchwood producer Russell T Davies.
Though the Celtic Media Festival is primarily for industry delegates, there will be a wider programme of local screenings, exhibitions, evening entertainment and celebrity interviews open to the public, including a series of master-classes and seminars for local students.
One of the highlights of the Celtic Media Festival will be the presentation of the prestigious Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence. The awards celebrate the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from within the Celtic diaspora with Celtic languages featuring prominently across all categories.  The winners will be selected by an international jury, and presented with their awards in St. Ives over the three-day event.
Domhnall Caimbeul, Chairman of the Celtic Media Festival comments: “We’re hugely excited to bring the Celtic Media Festival back to St Ives in our 35th year. The Celtic Media Festival first visited this picturesque seaside town back in 1997 and it was the perfect host town, so we’re absolutely thrilled to be returning again in 2014. Our festival attracts delegates from across the Celtic nations and regions and I’m sure they’ll enjoy exploring the many delights of St Ives.”
 
Leo Devine, Head of BBC South West Region, said: “As Head of the BBC in the South West and, more importantly, as someone who lives in Cornwall, I am delighted that the Celtic Media Festival is returning to our county. Hosting an international festival of this calibre will provide a fantastic opportunity for Cornwall to showcase the amazing array of creative media talent in our part of the world.”
Cornwall Council cabinet member for Economy and Culture Julian German said: “This is really good news for St Ives and for Cornwall. Cornwall boasts some fantastic film makers and locations and this is a great opportunity to showcase that to the rest of the world.”
St. Ives Mayor, Cllr Colin Nicholls added: “This is a great advert for our town and we look forward to welcoming our guests with the welcome and enthusiasm we are renowned for.”
 
The brand new website for the Celtic Media Festival 2014 launches today, and full details on the festival can be found at www.celticmediafestival.co.uk.
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