Media release: Llanelli to host 2018 Celtic Media Festival

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LLANELLI, in Wales, has been announced as the host location for the 2018 Celtic Media Festival.

And the festival has also opened its Call for Entries today, Tuesday 19th of September.

Film, programme and content-makers may submit entries for the prestigious Torc Awards for Excellence online at

The Celtic Media Festival 2018 will take place in Llanelli, Wales, the first time the festival has been held in the Carmarthenshire town.

A total of 23 Torc Awards will be presented at the 2018 festival.

Past winners of Torc Awards for Excellence include BBC Northern Ireland’sLine of Duty,  BBC’s Poldark, RTÉ One’s Love/Hate, BBC Wales’ Y Gwyll/Hinterland and TG4’s’s Corp + Anam, while the BBC’s Sherlock, BBC/RTÉ’s The Fall and BBC Cymru Wales’ Doctor Who are just a few of the major productions to be nominated in previous years.

Previous high-profile guests include River producer Chris Carey, Tilda Swinton, Rhys Ifans, Peter Mullan, Ken Loach, The Killing director Birger Larsen, My Mad Fat Diary writer/showrunner Tom Bidwell, and Doctor Who and Torchwood producer Russell T Davies.

Full details of the festival programme, delegate registration, and how to purchase tickets, will be announced early next year.

Catriona Logan, festival director, said: “We’re breaking records every year and it’s testament to the explosion of creativity and output in the creative content and media sector in the Celtic regions.

“Each year, the quality and quantity of productions submitted through the Call for Entries gets bigger and better. As a festival, we’re constantly innovating, and it’s exciting to be bringing the 2018 festival to Llanelli in Wales for the first time.”

The 39th Celtic Media Festival takes place from the 2nd-4th of May 2018 and will see hundreds of delegates enjoy a packed festival programme in Llanelli.

Supported by BBC Scotland, RTÉ, TG4, BBC Wales, Northern Ireland Screen, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, BBC Northern Ireland, MG ALBA, S4C and the Carmarthenshire 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.

Despite moving to a new location each year, the Celtic Media Festival maintains its unique atmosphere, one which evokes its nurturing, collaborative nature, no matter where it calls home.

For full information on the Call for Entries and award categories, and a first look at the 2018 Festival identity, go to


For further information, images or interview requests, please contact:

Celtic Media Festival press office

Naomi Wright | Celtic Media Festival | | T: +44 (0)141 553 5409

Notes to editors:

For more information on Celtic Media Festival 2018, visit

About the Celtic Media Festival

The Celtic Media Festival 2018 is being held from 2nd-4th of May 2018.

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 and Radio Station of the Year. For further details, please see

For more details on the history of the festival, award categories and delegate registration, please visit

The 2018 festival is core funded by: BBC Wales, BBC Northern Ireland, RTE, TG4, MG ALBA, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Scotland and S4C and Carmarthenshire Council.

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