|A Poet in New York|
The Celtic Media Festival celebrates filmmaking and broadcasting from across the Celtic nations – Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Cornwall, Galicia and Brittany.
A total of 118 nominees from 78 production companies and broadcasters will compete across 20 award categories, including animation, entertainment, sport, factual and feature length drama.
The organisers received with a record-breaking 500 entries for the 2015 Awards, exceeding 2013 entries by 28% and 2014 by 30%.
The Drama Series category features six productions from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Galicia. Hailed by The Guardian as “a powerful and compelling show”, RTÉ One’s critically acclaimed crime drama Love/Hate revolves around the lives of fictional Dublin criminals in a world steeped in modern-day Irish culture.
Ireland’s TG4/Magamedia’s Corp + Anam won the Spirit of the Festival award at Celtic Media Festival 2012, an award bestowed upon a film or television programme wholly or substantially in a Celtic language that encapsulates the spirit of the festival each year. The show, broadcast on TG4, chronicles the professional and personal life of a TV crime reporter.
BBC/Hartwood Films’ Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman is also nominated. Sherlock is Hartwood Films’ first Cardiff-based production and has been a successful one at that, garnering critical acclaim for it’s amalgamation of previous big-screen and small-screen adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, as well as Conan Doyle’s original stories.
Torc Awards: Key nominations
Feature length drama
- Patrick’s Day (Ireland)
- A Poet in New York (Wales)
- Y Syrcras (Wales)
- Latha Eile, Saoghal Eile (Scotland)
- Sínte (Ireland)
- Turn On (Wales)
- Bannan (Scotland)
- Corp + Anam (Ireland)
- Love/Hate (Ireland)
- Serramoura (Galicia)
- Sherlock (Wales)
- Shetland (Scotland
- Andrew Marr’s Great Scots: The Writers Who Shaped a Nation (Scotland)
- Dolores Keane: A Storm in the Heart (Ireland)
- I Grombil Cyfandir Pell: American Interior (Wales)
- Leonard Fuller: A Sympathetic Eye (Cornwall)
- Under Milk Wood (Wales)
- Five Fables (Ireland)
- The Hunchback in the Park (Wales)
- Mackay’s Memoirs (Scotland)
- O Apostolo (Galicia)
This year’s festival host nation Scotland produced a number of entries including Factual Single nominee, The Bridge: Fifty Years Across the Forth. The documentary traces the memories of the people who built the Forth Road Bridge. It includes the first televised use of an amateur film shot across the entire six years of the build by a local man.
Other Scottish competitors include: the documentary Sir Chris Hoy: How To Win Gold, which celebrates the career of the most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time and his journey to success; BBC Radio Scotland’s celebration of the nations taking part in the Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Connections; and The Scots Who Took Golf to America, a three-part documentary series on BBC Radio Scotland telling the story of the pioneering Scot John Reid and the lives of the hundreds, if not thousands, of Scots who followed in his wake and built the game in America.
Other sporting documentaries include Big John – The John Hartson Story, Avanti Media’s conversation with John Hartson that sees the Welsh sporting legend reflect on his remarkable career from his record signing to Arsenal as a teenager to his time at Celtic.
|The Hunchback in the Park|
Cornwall, the festival’s home in 2014, also received multiple nominations for productions including Mazed, a transmedia community project designed to invigorate traditional ‘Droll Telling’ in South East Cornwall and reimagine it for the digital age. Nominated for the Kieran Hegarty Award for Innovation, the project aimed to remind people of the Cornish droll storytelling tradition using selected tales retold as animations, available free online, in an app and more.
The nominations for Radio Presenter/Personality span Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta’s Michelle Nic Grianna, BBC Radio Cymru’s Dei Tomos and BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway on the road to potentially winning a prestigious Torc Award for Excellence.
The 2015 festival is supported by the Highland Council, VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund, Inverness Common Good Fund and Creative Scotland as well as broadcasters and broadcast authorities from the Celtic nations and regions.
The Sky Arts Amplify session, which takes place Thursday 23 April, will be a “speed dating” session, allowing delegates the opportunity to meet with arts organisations, invited by Sky Arts, to brainstorm initial ideas.
Delegate registration for Celtic Media Festival has opened at: www.celticmediafestival.co.uk