BBC, TG4, S4C, RTÉ, ITV – along with Galicia, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany – feature across the shortlist
THE Celtic Media Festival has revealed the nominees for the prestigious Torc Awards for Excellence.
The winners are set to be revealed at the 38th festival in Douglas on the Isle of Man, over May 3rd – 5th 2017.
Nominees from across the UK, Ireland and Europe will compete across 23 award categories, including arts, comedy, current affairs, drama, factual, sport, radio and more.
Entries for the 2017 Awards again approached the 500 mark, with the festival consistently attracting submissions from across the range of Celtic nations and regions.
Ten separate juries undertook almost 250 hours of listening and viewing to produce a shortlist of the very best in Celtic productions in the past year.
In a change for 2017, new category, History, attracted a huge number of quality entries.
Amongst those nominated is a co-production between TG4, BBC Northern Ireland and Doubleband films, Eoin Mac Néill: Fear Dearmadta 1916.
Through dramatic reconstruction, access to MacNeill’s unpublished memoir, interviews with key historians and the personal account of MacNeill’s grandson, former Tánaiste, Michael McDowell, pivotal moments in history are brought to life in this drama-doc.
TG4’s Eipic, nominated in the Drama Series category is a story about escape, empowerment and what it means to be a teenage ‘hero’ in contemporary rural Ireland.
Set against the backdrop of the 1916 centenary celebrations, Eipic will go up against the wildly successful Line of Duty, BBC Scotland’s One of Us, and the epic adaptation of War and Peace.
Radio stations and presenters from across the celtic regions compete this year in a strong line-up of native language content, covering music, magazine and documentary programming.
Single Documentary, one of the most hotly contested categories every year, contains nominees from 14 productions covering a multitude of subjects.
The critically-acclaimed Dunblane-Our Story tells the story of the tragic shooting from the point of view of those caught up in the terrible events.
In a landmark film to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the tragedy, many people who have never talked on camera reveal what happened on that day.
Wales’ The Aberfan Young Wives Club marks the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, and how Aberfan has endured since 21st October 1966 when the catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip killed 116 children and 28 adults.
Ireland’s I am Immigrant is a window into the lives of young immigrants who have grown up Irish, and tracks the political reaction to immigration in Europe as the conflict spills violently onto our streets.
In Sports Documentary, Jimmy Johnstone examines the life of a phenomenal Scottish sporting talent, telling the story of the highs and the lows of an unforgettable working class footballer, Celtic legend, husband and father who lost his life to motor neurone disease age 61.
Host nation, Isle of Man’s local Manx Radio has secured a number of nominations.
Festival director, Catriona Logan, said: “The breadth of talent on offer this year is remarkable, as always the quality of programming shows the calibre of those working in the Celtic nations and regions.
“The huge amount of entries were whittled down by our dedicated national juries who, in all, watched and listened to over 250 hours of top-quality submissions.
“We’re absolutely delighted that Celtic Media Festival is approaching and we’re looking forward to revealing the winners at the Festival in Douglas on the Isle of Man in May.”
The 38th Celtic Media Festival takes place over 3rd-5th of May 2017 and will see hundreds of delegates enjoy a packed festival programme in Douglas, Isle of Man.
Supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, TG4, BBC Scotland, RTÉ, MG ALBA, S4C, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Cymru Wales, and on the Isle of Man by Department of Economic Development, 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 and Apple Tree Yard producer Chris Carey, My Mad Fat Diary and Watership Down writer 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 will be announced shortly.
For delegate registration, visit www.celticmediafestival.co.uk
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CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL
Isle of Man 2017
Second To None Caboom Ltd
The Lost Letter Dream Logic Studio
A Fanatic Heart: Geldof on Yeats RTÉ and BBC / Peninsula Television
Oíche Chaillte an tSeanchaí TG4 / C-Board Films
Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected BBC Wales / Rondo Media
The Greatest Poem of World War One:
David Jones’s In Parenthesis BBC Wales and BBC Four/Wildflame Productions
Down On the Farm BBC Scotland
Is Éolaí Mé TG4 / Meangadh Fíbín Teo
Os Bolechas Televisión de Galicia / Edicións Bolanda
Llond Ceg S4C / Green Bay Media
Louzaoueg Anna France 3 Breizh / JPL Films
Bridget & Eamon RTÉ2 / Pure Class Productions
Still Game BBC SCOTLAND / BBC Studios
‘Run Sbit S4C / Cwmni Da
BBC Scotland Investigates: Lies, Laws & the Bin Lorry Tragedy BBC Scotland
Eorpa Irish Babies BBC Scotland Gaelic
Living With Dementia: Chris’s Story BBC Wales
RTÉ Investigates – Standards in Public Office RTÉ
Y Byd ar Bedwar – Y Cymry a’r Qu’ran S4C / ITV Cymru Wales
Eipic TG4 / Magamedia
Line Of Duty BBC / World Productions Limited
One of Us BBC Scotland
War and Peace BBC One / BBC Cymru Wales
Les Miserables: Y Daith i’r Llwyfan S4C / Rondo Media
Big Week On The Farm RTÉ / Independent Pictures
Port BBC ALBA and TG4 / Bees Nees Media
Wil, Aeron a’r Inca S4C / Cwmni Da
An Lot BBC ALBA / MACTV
Coastal Path BBC SW
Doctoriaid Yfory S4C / Green Bay Media
Rural Addiction RTÉ / Midas Productions
Scotland’s Game BBC Scotland
Tríd an Lionsa – Headhunters TG4 / Sibéal Teo
Y Ditectif S4C / ITV Cymru Wales
Eoin Mac Néill: Fear Dearmadta 1916 BBC2 NI and TG4 / Doubleband Films
Ffwtbol a Fflêrs: Cofio Arwyr `76 S4C / Rondo Media
Golden Tree Golden Tree Productions
Scotland and The Klan BBC / Matchlight
Breathe Greeble Ltd
Hula Braw Films
Pili Palod Penygroes BBC Wales and S4C / It’s My Shout Ltd
The Battle of Ronaldsway
A-vihanig France 3 Bretagne
Aberfan – The Fight for Justice BBC One / Cynyrchiadau Alpha Productions
Coming Oot! The Fabulous History of Gay Scotland BBC Scotland / Hopscotch Films
Dunblane – Our Story BBC 1 / STV
Dying Breed A38 Films
Enough to Fill Up an Eggcup Mark Jenkin – The Independent Film Unit
Erwan Ropars, Hêrezh ar bazhvalan France 3 Bretagne
Hamish BBC ALBA / Bees Nees Media
How To Defuse A Bomb: The Project Children Story RTÉ / Alleycats TV
I Am Immigrant RTÉ / Motive Television
In Eadan na Taoide TG4 / Scannáin Lugh Teo
Swansea Sparkle: A Transgender Story BBC One Wales / Telesgop
The Aberfan Young Wives’ Club ITV / Shiver Cymru
Where You’re Meant To Be BBC / Better Days
Brown Willy The Malabar Film Unit
El desconocido Televisión de Galicia / Vaca Films
The Green Hollow BBC One Wales and BBC Four/BBC Cymru Wales
Crash and Burn RTÉ and BBC / Dot Television
Jimmy Johnstone BBC ALBA / purpleTV
Merci Cymru S4C / BBC Wales
Kieran Hegarty Award for Innovation
Build It Scotland BBC Scotland
Lifebabble BBC Scotland
Mise Gaillimh 2020 Saoi Media
MTTV news PMC-TV ltd
Say Something in Manx Say Something.com
#towerlives BBC Wales
Llond Ceg Galactig
Voices 16 BBC Northern Ireland Productions
wearehere BBC Scotland
Wilde Stories Athena Media
Big Country BBC Radio Ulster / Cave Bear Productions
Bennett Arron Worries About… Being Offensive BBC Radio Wales / Absolutely Productions
Breaking the News BBC Radio Scotland
Bron Meirion BBC Radio Cymru
Colm O’Regan Wants a Word RTÉ Radio 1 / Sideline Productions
Fags, Mags And Bags BBC Radio 4 / The Comedy Unit
Lewis Macleod’s Wired News BBC Radio Scotland / The Comedy Unit
The Unexplainers BBC Radio Wales / Zipline Creative LTD
Aberfan BBC Radio Cymru
Aberfan – Covering a Catastrophe BBC Radio Wales / Leaping Wing
Fianais BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
Documentary On One: Ireland’s Secret Hangman RTÉ Radio 1
Documentary On One: No Time To Lose RTÉ Radio 1
Our Story – Ravenscraig BBC Radio Scotland
Sin an Saol RTÉ Raidió Na Gaeltachta
Tormod a’ Bhocsair BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
The Forgotten Champion BBC Wales Sport
Young Voters on the Isle of Man Manx Radio
Radio magazine show
Adhmhaidin RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
An Bricfeasta Blasta Raidió na Life
Beag air Bheag BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
Behind the Headlines Isles FM – Annie Delin
Rhaglen Aled Hughes BBC Radio Cymru
Scots Radio Birseland Media
The John Toal Show BBC Radio Ulster
Women Today Manx Radio
Radio music programme (live)
Blas Ceoil BBC Gaeilge
Caithream Ciuil BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
Frank Hennessy’s Six nations Musical Finale BBC Radio Wales
Mac ‘Ille Mhicheil BBC Radio nan Gàidheal/Sorbier Productions Ltd
Recordiau Rhys Mwyn BBC Radio Cymru
The Rolling Wave RTÉ
Travelling Folk Special with Bruce MacGregor BBC Radio Scotland
Radio presenter of the year
Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Ricky Ross BBC Radio Scotland
Wynne Evans BBC Radio Wales
A Long way to Tipperary – Sunday Sport RTÉ End of year RTÉ Sport / Adrian Eames
Cymru v Gwlad Belg BBC Radio Cymru
Euro 2016 Wales v Belgium BBC Wales Sport
Spòrs na Seachdain BBC Radio nan Gàidheal
Sportsound BBC Scotland
Radio station of the year
Raidió na Life 106.4FM Raidió na Life
BBC Radio Ulster BBC Radio Ulster
Radio Foyle BBC
Raidió Fáilte Raidió Fáilte
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Manx Radio Manx Radio
BBC Radio Scotland BBC Radio Scotland
Radio nan Gàidheal BBC Gàidhlig
BBC Radio Wales BBC Radio Wales
Radio Cymru BBC Radio Cymru
ABOUT THE CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL
The Celtic Media Festival 2017 is being held from 3rd-5th of May in Douglas Isle of Man.
The Celtic Media Festival’s aim is to promote the languages and cultures of the Celtic countries on screen and in broadcasting. The Celtic Media Festival is supported by broadcast, film, cultural and economic development organisations throughout the Celtic countries.
The festival is an annual three-day celebration of broadcasting, film talent and excellence from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany and Galicia.
One of the many festival highlights will be the presentation of the Torc Awards for Excellence.
Categories include Factual Series, Arts, Drama, Sport, Current Affairs, Best App, Innovation, Radio Station of the Year and one new category for 2017, History.
For further details, please see www.celticmediafestival.co.uk
For more details on the history of the festival, award categories and delegate registration, please visit www.celticmediafestival.co.uk
The festival moves location every year, reflecting the peripatetic nature of the Celts.
The festival is core funded by: BBC Wales, BBC Northern Ireland, RTE, TG4, MG ALBA, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Scotland and S4C.
Festival sponsors for 2017 are: Department of Economic Development – Isle of Man, SES/Isle of Media, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, TG4, BBC Scotland, RTÉ, MG ALBA, S4C, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Cymru Wales.
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