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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Celtic Media Festival – Round Up

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The Celtic Media Festival came to a close in Swansea Friday evening with the presentation of the final Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence, which saw a community radio station – Raidió na Life – win the award for Radio Station of the Year for the first time in the festival’s 34-year history.
The community-of-interest radio station has been broadcasting in Dublin since 1993, providing high quality community-based Irish language radio service with an urban identity to the Irish-speaking community of Dublin and surrounding areas on a non-profit basis.  It beat off stiff competition from BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal, BBC Radio Wales, Isles FM 103, Radyo an Gernewegva and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, with an international jury awarding the community station with the prestigious prize at tonight’s ceremony.
The Kieran Hegarty Award for Innovation went to CBBC Sports Superstars – a collection of sporty online games for CBBC, in which players create their Sport Superstar, then perfect their endurance, balance, strength, coordination, agility and aim skills in the Training Ground. Sport Superstars is a fast and fun way for all kids to feel like sporting champs.
Welsh film Catherine and Kirstie: Beyond Words won the Torc for Factual Single. It is a powerful and moving film authored by twins Catherine and Kirstie Fields from Llanelli, the only people in the world that suffer from Fields Condition. Gradually, this devastating illness has confined them to their wheelchairs and rendered speech impossible.  Communicating through speech aids for the first time, the film is the remarkable story of their bravery, humour and deep love for each other, their family and friends.
Ireland’s Rás Tailteann – Rothai an tSaoil was presented with the prestigious Gold Torc for Spirit of the Festival Award, which is bestowed upon a film or television programme wholly or substantially in a Celtic language that encapsulates the spirit of Celtic Media Festival each year. The documentary won the Sport category on Wednesday for its fascinating insight into the story behind one of Ireland’s greatest sporting institutions: The Rás Tailteann cycling race, and was presented with the overall Spirit of the Festival Award this evening.
Highlights from the final day of the 34th annual Celtic Media Festival today included talks by Guto Harri and Peter J. Devlin, with Maggie Brown chairing a panel featuring Dafydd Rhys, Marc Webber, Rab McConaghy and Simon Bolus on rising significance of social media as an indicator of audience demographics, exploring the value of hashtags vs BARB, plus a visit from special guest Daleks as the festival paid tribute to Doctor Who in its 50th year.
For further details, please visit: www.celticmediafestival.co.uk
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Celtic Media Festival announce Programme

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Celtic Media Festival organisers have today announced the programme for the 34th festival, revealing that some of the biggest names in the broadcasting and film world will be heading to Swansea over 24 – 26 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 2013 programme will celebrate the influential media industry of the Celtic nations and regions, with leading media figures set to appear at the festival, including many from its host country Wales. The programme will also pay tribute to Wales’ reputation as a top fantasy and drama TV production destination, with sessions including discussions on what the future holds for soaps and the rising significance of social media as an indicator of audience demographics, exploring the value of hashtags vs BARB.
Celtic Media Festival 2013 programme highlights will include:
A star-studded panel discussing the capacity of storytelling to transcend the language barrier, following the huge success of hit shows like The Killing, Borgen, Lilyhammer and Corp + Anam. Featuring The Killing director Birger LarsenTone C. Rønning (Commissioning Editor for NRK, the Norwegian broadcaster behind the smash hit drama Lilyhammer starring Steve van Zandt of The Sopranos and E Street Band fame), and Darach Mac Con Iomaire (the writer and director of Corp + Anam which won the awards for Drama Series and Spirit of the Festival at last year’s Celtic Media Festival), the panel will be chaired by BBC Scotland Commissioning Editor Ewan Angus.
 
The 2013 festival also celebrates Wales’ international reputation as the go-to location for sci-fi, fantasy and drama TV production, with shows such as Doctor Who,Torchwood and Sherlock all produced there. Delegates will also be able to tour the set of Da Vinci’s Demons – the eagerly awaited new drama from David S. Goyer, the co-writer of the Dark Knight Trilogy, which has been shot in host city Swansea and is expected to be a huge hit when it airs on Fox UK this spring.
The festival will also host the premiere of Swansea Market, a BBC Wales documentary which offers a fly on the wall insight into the 2013 host city’s historic and iconic attraction. High profile speakers to appear over the three days include the renowned Welsh historian, writer and broadcaster Peter SteadRon Jones (the Swansea-based founder of the Tinopolis Group – one of UK’s largest independent television suppliers to major broadcasters, which counts including Question Time, Daybreak, Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, Hell’s Kitchen and An Idiot Abroad amongst its roster) and BBC Wales Director Rhodri Talfan Davies. News International’s Director of Communications (and former Communications Director for Boris Johnson) Guto Harrihas already been announced for the festival. The Cardiff-born Welsh speaker will speak about news gathering and his career in media, which began at a Welsh-language radio station and included a stint at S4C plus 18 years at the BBC.
The 2013 festival will also offer independent film makers and producers a rare opportunity to meet with commissioners and channel heads from the Celtic nations and regions to obtain their feedback as they seek to develop new projects, in a brand new initiative called The Clinic, sponsored by MEDIA Antennae Galway, Scotland and Wales. Representatives from Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund and Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund; RTÉ Television and Radio; TG4; BBC Wales; S4C; BBC Scotland; BBC ALBA; BBC Southwest and BBC Northern Ireland will be on hand to offer their advice to indie production companies.
The four-time Academy Award nominee Peter J. Devlin will appear as part of the festival’s Green Light strand. Originally from Northern Ireland, he is a hugely in-demand sound mixer, having worked on Hollywood blockbusters such as Transformers,Thor, Star Trek (2009) and Angels and Demons.
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 60 production companies and broadcasters shortlisted across the 20 award categories, which include animation, current affairs, drama, entertainment, sport, factual and feature length drama, plus brand new categories Best App, Music Programme and Radio Sports.  Organisers were inundated with over 425submissions 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.
Domhnall Caimbeul, Chairman of the Celtic Media Festival, said: “We’re very excited to announce a stellar line-up of influential figures from the broadcast, film and digital media industries for the 34th Celtic Media Festival programme. The 2013 programme has taken inspiration from the esteemed media industry of its host country Wales, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming such a wealth of talent to Swansea this spring for what promises to be a fantastic 3 days.”
 
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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Call For: Entries – Celtic Media Festival

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The Celtic Media Festival has announced its annual Call for Entries, with film and programme makers and digital media producers now able to submit entries for the prestigious Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence. The Celtic Media Festival 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 34th Celtic Media Festival, which takes place in Swansea from 24th – 26th April.
A total of twenty-one Torc Awards will be presented at next year’s event, including three awards which are brand new for 2013. The festival will honour the important role of digital technology in the promotion of Celtic languages and cultures with the introduction of a Best App award, and for the first time ever podcasts will be accepted as entries in the Radio category. Two new awards have also been added to the Radio/Podcast category – Music Programme and Radio Sports, and other award categories include Documentary/Factual and Drama. The festival will also present a Gold Torc to the winner of the Spirit of the Festival Award – a film or television programme wholly or substantially in a Celtic language that encapsulates the spirit of Celtic Media Festival. The full list of awards is available at www.celticmediafestival.co.uk
Dhomhnall Caimbeul, Chairman of the Celtic Media Festival said:
“We are very pleased to be able to announce two new radio categories as part of the Festival’s increased commitment to radio. I would like to thank the sector for feedback received during our consultation process – it was invaluable and will ensure that the Festival in Swansea will be a much richer place for radio as a result.

“The new category for Apps is an exciting development. We have focused it on apps in, or for learning, one of the Celtic languages. I am sure it will stimulate a lot of interest and foster co-operation across the Celtic nations and regions beyond broadcast media.

“Overall we feel incredibly proud to be bringing such a strong Celtic Media Festival to Swansea next year. There is a lot of talent to celebrate and we expect strong interest in these prestigious awards.”
The Celtic Media Festival 2013 takes place in The Swansea Marriott Hotel as well as various arts venues around the city from 24th – 26th April, and will showcase the best work from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, Cornwall and Brittany.  The festival is expected to attract some of the biggest names in the broadcasting and film world to the city.  Previous high profile guests include actors Tilda Swinton, Rhys Ifans, Peter Mullan, Ken Loach and Doctor Who and Torchwood producer Russell T Davies. Although the 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 – full details of the festival programme, delegate registration and how to purchase tickets will be announced early next year.
Entries must be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 30th October. Full information on the Call for Entries and award categories are available online at www.celticmediafestival.co.uk
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Final Winners Revealed At Celtic Media Festival

The 33RD Celtic Media Festival came to a close at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Derry last Friday night as the final three award winners were announced at the Gala Award Ceremony.

 

The Spirit of the Festival Award is the only award reserved to promote Celtic languages on film and television. The prestigious GoldTorc this year went to TG4 and Magamedia’s gripping drama Corp + Anam.

 

The Radio Station of The Year Award was presented to RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta for its high production values and its diverse content. The jury were impressed by the fact that it broadcast daily from different parts of the country, in the dialect of the region, therefore creating a strong connection with its audience.

 

The Jury Award is a special award made at the discretion of the international jury for quality of production, direction, technical or craft excellence. This year’s winner is Burton, Green Bay Media’s feature length drama. The jury were impressed by how well the production, the design, the direction and the narrative gelled to create a compellingly work of art.

 

This year’s festival has been hailed by organisers and delegates as a great success. The Celtic Media Festival now looks forward to welcoming delegates to next year’s festival in Wales in 2013.

 

Dòmhnall Caimbeul, Chairman of the Celtic Media Festival comments:

 

“This year’s Celtic Media Festival has been a real success. Broadcasters, content creators and aspiring practitioners from across the Celtic nations and regions have come together to celebrate the best Celtic media content and relationships have been renewed and created. We’d like to thank The Playhouse Theatre, all our funders and sponsors and most of all the people of Derry for being so welcoming.”

 

 

For further information on The Celtic Media Festival, please visit: www.celticmediafestival.co.uk.

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BBC NI Director Peter Johnson Announces Joint Funding Initiative At Celtic Media Festival

BBC NI Director Peter Johnson announced that BBC NI will be launching an innovative new co-funding initiative with BBC Scotland and RTÉ during his keynote speech last Thursday at the Celtic Media Festival in Derry’s Playhouse Theatre. A joint commissioning round will ask companies to work together to submit content proposals that are relevant to audiences in all three regions.

 

At Thursday’s awards ceremony, Irish film Stella Days triumphed in the Feature Length Drama category at The Celtic Media Festival. The film, produced by Newgrange Pictures and RTÉ stars Martin Sheen, Stephen Rea and Amy Huberman and encapsulates the dilemma of Ireland in the mid-1950s – on the cusp of the modern but still clinging to the traditions of the church.

 

The Bronze Torcs for Excellence celebrate the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from within the Celtic diaspora within the last year.

 

Writer and broadcaster Carlo Gébler collected the Kieran Hegarty Award for Interactivity for his landmark documentary The Siege. The film, a Double Band Films production for BBC Northern Ireland, premiered last Thursday evening at the festival.

 

The film explores how the Siege of Derry was a pivotal event in the history of Ireland – one which placed Derry not only at the heart of an epic clash between Catholic and Protestant for the crown of England, but the centre of a European struggle for power. The Siege uses a dynamic combination of presenter-led history, interviews and stylised reconstruction to take the viewer through the dramatic story of a key moment in Irish, Ulster-Scots and European history.

 

The Bronze Torc for Drama Series went to Ireland Magamedia and TG4 for CORP + ANAM. Starring Diarmuid deFaoite and Maria Doyle Kennedy, the hard hitting crime drama has been a big hit for TG4.

 

In the Short Drama category the winner was The Taxidermist, produced by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

 

There were Welsh winners in Factual Entertainment for Rhod Gilbert Work Experience (Series 2) by Presentable and BBC Cymru Wales and for S4C for the Marketing of Rapsgaliwn/Mistar Urdd.

 

The 33rd annual Celtic Media Festival was being held in Derry for the first time since 1994. The three day event saw some of the most influential names from the broadcasting and film industries gather at The Playhouse Theatre and venues across the city.

 

For further information on this year’s programme for The Celtic Media Festival, please visit: www.celticmediafestival.co.uk.

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Celtic Media Festival Opens In Derry

The first Bronze Torcs for Excellence have been awarded at The Celtic Media Festival yesterday in Derry.  The awards celebrate the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from within the Celtic diaspora within the last year. Today’s ceremony was presented by RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan, chair of the international jury.

 

The Bronze Torc for Factual Series went to Misha Films and RTÉ for BEHIND THE WALLSThe two-part documentary charts the history of Ireland’s psychiatric hospitals, exploring how Ireland, during the middle decades of the last century came to keep more of its people per capita in mental hospitals than anywhere else in the world. Accepting the award, Sheila Ahern dedicated the win to the memory of the programme’s producer Mary Raftery who died in January.

 

In the Factual Single category, the international jury chose WONDERLAND: THE MEN WHO WON’T STOP MARCHING, Alison Millar’s unflinching documentary on Loyalist culture on the Shankill Road for BBC Northern Ireland.  Millar spent four months with the men of the famous marching bands unearthing a mixture of entrenched prejudice, relief that the troubles are over, nostalgia for the days of paramilitary discipline, and a resistance to talking about the past.

 

PASSION IN PORT TALBOT…IT HAS BEGUN won the award in the Arts category. Produced by Prospect and BBC Cymru Wales, the film captures the highlights of the three day re-enactment in Port Talbot of Jesus’ journey to the cross, starring Michael Sheen and 1000 members of the community. The play includes suicide bombers, mass public protest, ghostly visions, and features a guest appearance from Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers.

 

In the Entertainment category, THE SAVAGE EYE by Blinder Films for RTÉ triumphed.  The fake anthropological documentary offers a satirical and often surreal examination of subjects close to the hearts of the Irish people. The series deals with issues that are provocative and divisive, and lifts a mirror to those parts of our society that we may not like to admit exist, but at all times in a savagely funny manner. The result is a brave, cutting edge comedy series that is uniquely Irish, but with broad, universal appeal.

 

Other Bronze Torcs for Excellence presented today included Education to Scotland’s media co-op for MIKEY AND JOOLS KEEP SAFE and Sport to Green Bay Media and BBCCymru Wales for THE LIONS ’71.

 

The 33rd annual Celtic Media Festival opened today with the premiere of DERRY ON SCREEN a specially commissioned film celebrating the Maiden City and presented by acclaimed Derry actress Bronagh Gallagher.

 

The three day event sees some of the most influential names from the broadcasting and film industries gather at The Playhouse Theatre and venues across the city.

 

Thursday’s programme includes the keynote address delivered by Peter Johnston, Director of BBC Northern Ireland and Reality Bites, a debate exploring the ethics of the observational documentary chaired by RTÉ’s Steve Carson and featuring local journalist Eamon McCann and the producers of BBC Scotland’s THE SCHEME and BBC NI’s THE ESTATE.

 

Chairman of the Celtic Media Festival, Dòmhnall Caimbeul, said:

 

“The Festival has gotten off to a great start and we’re truly excited at the talent, creativity and innovation on show. As ever, the award shortlist was especially strong, but the winners are a fantastic representation of the work which has emerged from the Celtic nations over the past year.”

 

For further information on this year’s programme for The Celtic Media Festival, please visit: www.celticmediafestival.co.uk.

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Shortlists for the Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence for this year’s Celtic Media Festival Announced

Martin Sheen in Stella Days, one of the Irish contenders at this year’s Celtic Media Festival

Celtic Media Festival 2012

18—20 April

Derry, Northern Ireland

The shortlists for the Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence for this year’s Celtic Media Festival were announced today.

Among the Irish to make the shortlist were Stella Days for Feature Length Drama; Corp + Ana for Drama Series; Barbaric Genius, Tubaiste Árainn Mhór, and Wonderland The Men who won’t stop marching for Factual Single; The Boy in the Bubble for Animation; and Mise Raiftearai for Arts.

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The Celtic Media Festival exists to promote the cultures and languages of the Celtic countries in film, on television, radio and new media. Primarily this is achieved through the festival – the major annual activity of the organisation – and also through partnership events throughout the year. The Celtic Media Festival is also in a position to offer a distinctive view of the media industry to government consultations etc, which may otherwise be underrepresented.

 

 

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Derry To Host 33rd Celtic Media Festival

Derry-Londonderry has been chosen as the host city for the 33rd annual Celtic Media Festival from the 18th-20th of April 2012.

The festival is expected to attract some big name guests and prestigious industry speakers to the city.  Hollywood star Tilda Swinton, Creation Records founder Alan McGee and award winning actor, writer and director Peter Mullan were among the contributors at the 32nd festival in Stornoway, Scotland last year.

Previous high profile guests include screenwriter Jimmy McGovern, film maker Ken Loach and actors Rhys Ifans and Stephen Rea.

The three day celebration of digital media, broadcasting and film talent will be held in The Playhouse Theatre and will showcase some of the best work from Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Brittany.   Entries can be submitted for consideration online at www.celticmediafestival.co.uk.

The Celtic Media Festival is an event for producers and broadcasters, for students and emerging talent, for media policy-makers and for the general public. A programme of local screenings, exhibitions, evening entertainment and celebrity interviews will be open to the public and a series of master-classes and seminars with well-known industry professionals will offer students and practitioners practical advice and insights.

Dòmhnall Caimbeul, Chairman of the Celtic Media Festival comments ‘We’re very excited to bring the Celtic Media Festival 2012 to Derry-Londonderry. Derry has a rich and vibrant cultural heritage and with the eyes of the world beginning to turn to the city in the run up to its year as City of Culture on 2013, there is a tremendous sense of creative energy emanating from the region.  I know our delegates will look forward to exploring all that Derry has to offer.’

 

The highlight of the Celtic Media Festival is the Awards.  Bronze Torcs for Excellence, celebrating the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from the Celtic nations and regions, – whether in English, Breton, Irish, Welsh, Manx or Scottish Gaelic – will be awarded in 20 categories. The winners will be selected by an international jury.

Entries can be submitted via www.celticmediafestival.co.uk from 9am Thursday 8th September. The closing date for entries for this year’s awards is Friday 21st October at 5pm.

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‘Na Cloigne’ Success

na-cloigne

Na Cloigne, a contemporary Irish language supernatural thriller broadcast on TG4 last year, has been chosen over international competition to win best ‘Drama Series’ category at the Celtic Media Festival.

The Celtic Media Festival is an annual celebration of the best of film, television, radio and digital media from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man. The event, which took place in Scotland this month, promotes the importance of Celtic heritage, language and culture.

Na Cloigne was successful over hit drama series Sherlock, as well as Lip Service, Single Father, Istoriou Breizh and Pen Taler.

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Irish productions win at Celtic Media Festival

The 32nd annual Celtic Media Festival began yesterday in Stornoway, and day one of the three-day festival saw Irish productions pick up a number of Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence:

The Education Award went to Irish production, Teens in the Wild by Firebrand Productions / RTÉ. The programme follows Clinical psychologist, David Coleman who takes a group of six troubled teenagers, on a 21-day wilderness activities and therapy course, charting the girls’ battles with issues including anger management, bereavement, separation and problems at school.

The Best Factual Single went to The Pipe by Scannáin Inbhear / TG4. This documentary chronicles the personal and community strife caused by the controversial Corrib gas project.

The Best Factual Series went to 1916Seachtar na Cásca by Abú Media / TG4.

Finally, the Bronze Torc for Excellence in Sport went to Vincent O’Brien – The Master by Orusco / RTÉ which tells the story of the legendary horse-trainer.

Only three other productions received the Bronze Torc Award for Excellence during the course of the day. Overall 98 productions, companies and personalities have been shortlisted across the 19 Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence categories – including factual, arts, drama, entertainment, sport, current affairs, children and young people’s programmes, as well as radio station of the year and radio presenter – with a total of 450 entries having been submitted from across Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, the Isle of Man and Ireland.

For more information and to access the full festival programme, visit www.celticmediafestival.co.uk

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Celtic Media Festival

The 32nd annual Celtic Media Festival got well underway today in Stornoway, providing just a taste of what’s in store for the 350 plus festival-goers who have descended upon the picturesque Isle of Lewis for the hotly-anticipated festival which celebrates the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from within the Celtic diaspora within the last year.

The celebrations got underway with a screening of Upside Down: The Story of Creation Records followed by a Q&A with Director Danny O’Connor, Creation Records Boss Alan McGee and musician Mark Gardner. The celebrations are set to continue into the early hours at the Creation Records Opening Party which will feature an explosive DJ set by Alan McGee inspired by Creation’s portfolio, including Jesus and Mary Chain, Teenage Fanclub, Primal Scream, Super Furry Animals, and of course, Oasis.

Day One of the three-day festival also saw the first batch of Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence awarded for Factual Series, Factual Single, Education, Entertainment, Sport, Arts and Student Entertainment, with the remaining awards announced over the next two days.

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Line-up for Celtic Media Festival announced

The Celtic Media Festival has announced its full programme of events as 2011 marks the event’s 32nd year. The Festival is will begin on 13th April when it will return to the Scottish Western.

The 3-day event seee some of the most influential names from the broadcasting and film industries come together in Stornoway to enjoy and celebrate the quality and diversity of work being produced by the Celtic nations today.

Additions to the programme include:

– Comedienne Karen Dunbar asks those who commission the comedy and entertainment programmes we see on our screens whether there is a uniquely ‘Celtic’ sense of humour.

– Scottish star Peter Mullan will be dropping by to discuss his varied career – from Trainspotting, to his award winning performance in Ken Loach’s My Name Is Joe, to his successful career as writer and director of Orphans, The Magdalene Sisters and the recent highly-acclaimed Neds.

– Budding presenters will have the opportunity to learn the basics as award-winning independent writer and producer, Morag Stewart, joins the line-up.

– Oscar-nominated director Tomm Moore will discuss how to make award-winning animation and how it feels to go head to head with the big guns of Pixar. A Screening of Triple Echo Productions’ documentary, 5 Climbs, 5 Islands will takes place as wll as a special screening of the new documentary feature Upside Down: The Story of Creation Records followed by a Q & A with the label’s enigmatic founder, Alan McGee, film director Danny O’Connor, and musician Mark Gardener (Ride) who also curated the soundtrack.

– The Bronze Torc Awards see 98 productions, companies and personalities shortlisted across the 19 award categories – including factual, arts, drama, entertainment, sport, current affairs, children’s and young people’s programmes, as well as radio station of the year and radio presenter – with a total of 450 entries having been submitted.

Registration is open now and is priced at just £100 + VAT. For full programme and schedule visit www.celticmediafestival.co.uk

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Newry to Host Celtic Media Festival

Newry has been chosen as the host city for the prestigious Celtic Media Festival from the 21–23 April, 2010.

The three-day celebration of broadcasting and film talent will showcase work from Scotland, Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany. Now in its 31st year, the festival is expected to attract up to 400 delegates to the city including some big name guests and prestigious industry speakers.

The closing date for entries for this year’s awards is Friday 23rd October. Full details can be found at www.celticmediafestival.co.uk

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