Media release: Day one winners at Celtic Media Festival

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THE first of this year’s prestigious Torc Award winners were announced this afternoon.

Powerful investigations and sporting legends were among the day one winners at the three-day Celtic Media Festival in Aviemore, Scotland.

RTÉ’s Prime Time: Carers in Crisis was named Best Current Affairs programme, while IMG Production’s Scotland ’78: A Love Story, which explores manager, Ally MacLeod, and his team of brilliant footballers who dared to dream, won in Best Sports Documentary category.

The Celtic Media Festival Torc awards celebrate the very best of film, television, radio and interactive media to emerge within the Celtic nations in the past year.

The 40th Celtic Media Festival is fully underway as hundreds of delegates arrive to experience the annual celebration of celtic film, television, radio and digital media.

Promoting the languages and cultures of the Celtic nations and regions, for delegates this is a priceless opportunity to network as they get up close with the biggest names and organisations in the industry.

Catriona Logan, festival director, said: “Today’s categories tell their own story about the incredible diversity of Celtic media: current affairs, radio comedy, sports documentary, animation, entertainment and children’s. And today’s winners demonstrate the quality and excellence achieved by our Celtic content makers. Combined, they tell a powerful story about the inspiring journey of Celtic media in the 40 years since this festival began: this is relevant, authentic, engaging, challenging programme making, now more than ever. Congratulations to the nominees and winners, and welcome to the 40th Celtic Media Festival here in Aviemore, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.”

Festival organisers revealed the Celtic Media Festival 2019 day one winners earlier today:

Winner: RTÉ Prime Time – Carers in Crisis
Country: Ireland
Production company / broadcaster: RTÉ News and Current Affairs / RTÉ One

Winner: Widdershins
Country: Scotland
Production company / broadcaster: Simon P Biggs

Winner: A Perforated Ulster
Country: Ireland
Production company / broadcaster: Hole In The Wall Productions/ BBC Radio Ulster

Winner: Scotland ’78: A Love Story
Country: Scotland
Production company / broadcaster: IMG Productions / BBC One

Winner: Mabinogi-ogi
Country: Wales
Production company / broadcaster: Boom Cymru / S4C

Winner: Celtic Connections: Bothy Culture and Beyond
Country: Scotland
Production company / broadcaster: BBC Scotland Music Ents & Events / BBC2 Scotland

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Notes to editors:


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. For further details, please see

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

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

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