Media release: Day three winners at the Celtic Media Festival

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AS the Celtic Media Festival continues its three-day celebration of the Celtic content and production, the penultimate winners of the 40th year have been announced on this, the third day of the festival.

Poignant stories, examinations of church and state, and ground-breaking films were among the day three winners at the Celtic Media Festival in Aviemore, Scotland.

S4C’s DRYCH: Chdi, Fi ac IVF won the Factual Series category with its exquisite story of love, sorrow, happiness, desolation, hope and inspiration, while in the Arts category the ground-breaking film Sylvia Plath: Inside the Bell Jar unravelled the story behind Sylvia Plath’s seminal novel.

2019 has seen the introduction of a brand-new category, Short Form, which saw BBC Three scoop the Torc with When Heroin Took My Dad, which tells the heart-wrenching story of Rhys and her Dad’s struggle with addiction.

Catriona Logan, festival director, said: “The festival has transformed across the last 40 years and that transformation continues. The introduction of a short form category this year demonstrates that as the industry changes, so too does the Celtic Media Festival. As we look forward to tonight’s final awards night, it’s satisfying to know that we are not only looking back, we are resolutely – together with the vibrant industry we represent – looking forward.”

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 edition has seen a record number of delegates in attendance promoting the languages and cultures of the Celtic nations and regions and has proven to be a priceless opportunity to network and get up close with the biggest names and organisations in the industry.

Festival organisers revealed the first of the Celtic Media Festival 2019 day three winners earlier today:

Winner: DRYCH: Chdi, Fi ac IVF
Country: Wales
Production company / broadcaster: Tinopolis / S4C

Winner: Documentary On One: In Shame, Love, In Shame
Country: Ireland
Production company / broadcaster: RTÉ Radio 1

Winner: When Heroin Took My Dad
Country: Scotland
Production company / broadcaster: BBC Scotland / BBC Three

Winner: Sylvia Plath: Inside the Bell Jar
Country: Wales
Production company / broadcaster: Yeti Television / BBC 2

Winner: Rapal – Belladrum 2018
Country: Scotland
Production company / broadcaster: BBC Radio nan Gàidheal

Winner: A Sombra Da Lei
Country: Galacia
Production company / broadcaster: Vaca Films. Atresmedia, TVG / Televisión de Galicia

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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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