Scots among first winners at Celtic Media Festival

SCOTS entries have taken two of the first six awards handed out at a festival celebrating the best film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from within the Celtic diaspora during the last year.

At the Celtic Media Festival – taking place in Northern Ireland – Scots entries, The Walking Wounded and comedy series, Rab C Nesbitt, were among the early winners.

Walking Wounded, made by Clarity Productions for BBC Scotland, took the ‘Factual single’ title. While an episode of Rab C Nesbitt, ‘Clean’, took the entertainment prize.

Walking Wounded is described as “an emotionally charged and uncompromising look at the experiences of young former soldiers as they adapt to civilian life”. The programme’s director, Stephen Bennett, collected the award – called a Torc – on behalf of Clarity Productions and BBC Scotland.

The festival is taking place in Newry. This is its 31st year. It opened yesterday and finishes tomorrow. More awards are being announced at lunchtime.

Last night’s awards:

Factual series: Mobs Mheiriceá. Abú Media / TG4

Factual single: The Walking Wounded. Clarity Productions / BBC Scotland

Education: Trip yr Ysgol Gymraeg. ITV Wales / S4C

Entertainment: Rab C Nesbitt – ‘Clean’. The Comedy Unit / BBC Scotland

Sport: Carwyn. Green Bay Media / S4C

Arts: Seamus Heaney: Out Of The Marvellous. Icebox Films / RTÉ