Celtic Media Festival have announced the Celtic Media Festival International Pitching Forum, in association with Scottish Development International, an initiative designed to expand the commissioning opportunities for independent production companies. For the first time at Celtic Media Festival, independent production companies will formally pitch to some of the most important commissioners and decision makers in the broadcasting world, when the Festival comes to Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland over 20th – 22nd April.

Supported by Scottish Development International in 2016, and harnessing the nurturing and collaborative ethos of Celtic Media Festival, the Forum hopes to encourage a culture of international commissioning amongst producers in the Celtic countries, and on a global scale. Each year will see the Forum include international territories, with 2016 focusing on Australia and New Zealand. Independent production companies should submit pitches for the 2016 Forum relating to History/Biography.

Some of the most important commissioners and decision makers in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK will attend the 2016 Festival, including Martin Davidson (BBC), Alan Esslemont/Margaret Mary Murray (BBC ALBA), Susan Lovell (BBC NI), Ewan Angus (BBC Scotland), Christina MacAulay (BBC Wales), Fiona Gilroy (Flame Distribution), Jane Wrightson (NZ on Air), Lisa Duff (Screen Australia), Proinsias Ní Ghráinne (TG4), Andrew Shaw (TVNZ) with more names to be announced soon.

Independent production companies and producers are invited to submit a short written pitch (one A4 page), as well as any related materials, budget etc. to pitch@celticmediafestival.co.uk. Submissions will be accepted from 18th January – 18th February, and more information can be found at www.celticmediafestival.co.uk. A shortlist of 12 submissions will be invited to pitch at the Festival in April.

Catriona Logan, Festival Director said: “We’re hugely excited to introduce the Celtic Media Festival International Pitching Forum to the 2016 Festival. It is a fantastic opportunity for independent production companies to pitch their ideas to an international audience of some of the most influential commissioners and decision makers from across the world. In recent years, Celtic Media Festival has established itself as a key marketplace for the Independent production sector, as well as for major broadcasters. The Forum will not only enhance this, but give producers the opportunity to showcase their products on a global scale.”

The Forum is another initiative that Celtic Media Festival have introduced that has solidified its place as a must attend event on the international Festival circuit for industry professionals. The past 5 years have seen entries into the awards strand increase exponentially, with another record-breaking year for 2016, and Celtic co-productions such as the RTÉ/BBC NI/BBC Scotland programme After Braveheart borne out of initiatives announced at the Festival.

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.

Showcasing the best work from Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany and Galicia, 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, My Mad Fat Diary writer/showrunner Tom Bidwell, and Doctor Who and Torchwood producer Russell T Davies. Although the festival is primarily for industry delegates, there will be a wider programme of events. Full details of the festival programme, delegate registration, and how to purchase tickets, will be announced early next year.


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