Media release: £10,000 prize for Celtic Media Festival’s international pitching forum – deadline now extended


THE Celtic Media Festival (CMF) has announced an extended submissions deadline for their International Pitching Forum, which offers a £10,000 development fund prize for the winning pitch.

This year’s festival – the 40th anniversary edition – marks the first time that the panellists will select a winner and award a prize as part of the forum.

The proposal pitching round, which this year focuses on factual programming, is currently open.

The CMF are welcoming pitches from producers to until midnight on 31st March 2019.

A shortlist of submissions will then be selected for the presentation of live pitches. The live pitches will be held at the Celtic Media Festival in Aviemore, Scotland on 4th-6th June 2019, in closed session with only the forum moderators, the forum decision makers and the selected producer/team present at each pitch.

Successful Canadian entrants will have the opportunity to receive funding in order to attend the festival.

Since launching in 2016, The CMF’s International Pitching Forum has grown bigger and better each year, attracting impressive pitches from across the Celtic nations.

This year, the festival will work with the Canada Media Fund and host delegates from Canada, building on international connections. Canadian producers and broadcasters will attend CMF to take part in the International Pitching Forum, providing Celtic delegates with fantastic opportunities to do business on an international stage.

The CMF is an annual three-day event that promotes the languages and cultures of the Celtic nations and regions in media.

This year, the festival will celebrate its 40th edition in the scenic setting of Aviemore, combining a major conference of seminars and master classes with presentation of coveted prizes in an international competition across all the main content genres in TV, radio, film and digital media.

The CMF International Pitching Forum, in association with XPO North and the Canada Media Fund will take place at The CMF in Aviemore, Scotland, from the 4th-6th of June.

Catriona Logan, festival director, said: “We are very excited for the 40th edition of The CMF where for the first-time panellists of the International Pitching Forum will choose a winning pitch to take home a £10,000 development award prize.

“It’s a great opportunity for producers to pitch their ideas to a global audience of some of the most influential decision makers from across the world and we’ve seen an incredible array of pitches do this since its launch in 2016.

“The CMF has positioned itself as a must-attend event on the festival circuit for industry professionals and we are honoured to be a flourishing platform attracting the best conference speakers and showcasing emerging talent.”

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