Media release: Celtic Media Festival marks 40 years with outstanding programme of events

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THE Celtic Media Festival, in association with Screen Scotland, today announces the details of its 40th anniversary festival programme. Due to take place in Aviemore from 4-6th June 2019, the festival will allow hundreds of delegates to get up close with leading names in media and broadcasting.

Delegates at this year’s festival can expect:

* AUDIENCE INSIGHTS Niall McGarry, the man behind ‘Irish Buzzfeed’, will tell delegates how he is winning with the very audiences that legacy broadcasters are said to be failing to reach;

* FUNDING INSIGHTS Head of the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund will give the lowdown on the recently-announced £57 million fund for children and young audiences;

* EDITORIAL INSIGHTS BAFTA Scotland will explore the ethical, moral and legal dilemmas faced when working with sensitive subjects and the approaches used to gain complex and often very complicated access;

* PRODUCTION TOP TIPS Take a whistlestop tour of podcasting and learn why it’s creating a new golden age for audio storytelling;

* UP CLOSE ENCOUNTERS Director Stephen Bennett will present a screening of Eminent Monsters, an essential examination the darkest program of psychological experimentation in modern history; and

* INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS The International Pitching Forum will offer delegates access to a fantastic networking event that brings together independent production companies to formally pitch to some of the most important commissioners and decision makers in media. Canadian producers and broadcasters will also be in attendance to strengthen business and co-production links with festival attendees.

Festival director, Catriona Logan, said: “It’s the 40th anniversary of the Celtic Media Festival and we have never been more relevant, more important or more necessary: as indigenous media battle for relevance and position, the Celtic Media Festival is striving this year to give real value to our delegates: attendees can expect big insights, really practical tips and, crucially, to make real contacts in the worlds of funding and production.”

Cllr Alister Mackinnon, Highland Council budget leader, said: “We are really looking forward to hosting the 40th Celtic Media Festival in the Badenoch and Strathspey Area and to meet the Canadian delegation of producers and commissioners who operate within the creative media industries. I am sure they will be inspired by the landscape, people, heritage and connectivity in the area.”

He continued: “The festival also supports and provides an opportunity to show case the great talent that exists within the whole media and broadcasting sector.”

One of the many festival highlights will be the presentation of the Torc Awards for Excellence. Categories include Factual Series, Arts, Drama, Sports Documentary Current Affairs, Radio Station of the Year and History.

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Notes to editors:

About the Celtic Media Festival

* Celtic Media Festival in association with Screen Scotland celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2019 from the 4th-6th of June in Aviemore, Scotland;

* 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 Series, Sport, Current Affairs, Best App, Radio Station of the Year and a new category for 2019, Short Form; and

* For further details, please see

* The Celtic Media International Pitching Forum will take place at CMF19 with a development fund prize of £10,000;

* The festival is core funded by: BBC Wales, BBC Northern Ireland, RTÉ, TG4, MG ALBA, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Scotland, S4C, Television de Galicia, Isle of Media;

* Festival sponsors for 2019 are: Screen Scotland, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and The Highland Council; and

* Delegate registration is now open for Celtic Media Festival 2019 here.

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