Organisers of the Celtic Media Festival plannd for St Ives this April have unveiled the shortlist for the prestigious Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence.
Set to attract some the biggest names in the broadcasting and film world to St Ives from April 2 to April 4, the Celtic Media Festival celebrates the unique languages and cultures of the Celtic nations and regions on screen and in broadcasting, .
The Bronze Torc Awards honour the very best of film, television, radio and digital media.
Over 100 productions from over 70 production companies and broadcasters have been shortlisted across 20 award categories, which include animation, current affairs, drama, entertainment, sport, factual and feature length drama.
Organisers were inundated with over 400 submissions from across Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, the Isle of Man and Ireland, and a shortlist of some of the finest films, TV and radio productions and digital media to emerge from the Celtic nations and regions over the past year has been selected by an international jury.
Cornwall has produced various shortlisted entries including My Brother Hughie, shortlisted for Factual Single. Written, directed and produced by Serena Wilson Hodges, the documentary follows her brother, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, and his struggle to come to terms with the brutal reality of the disease. Also shortlisted for Radio Music Programme is Radyo an Gernewegva, a weekly podcast broadcast online that celebrates the Cornish tongue.
Other shortlisted entries include Piper Alpha: Fire in the Night, STV Productions’ BAFTA winning documentary on the 1988 North Sea oil rig disaster and The Call Centre, BBC Wales’ factual entertainment documentary following the ups and downs of life in a Swansea call centre. Cwmni Da’s Defaid a Dringo follows a year in the life of climber and shepherd Ioan Doyle as he struggles to keep up his climbing standards as well as forging a career as a hill farmer on his native Carneddau mountains in Snowdonia. Manx Radio’s coverage of the Isle of Man TT Races is shortlisted for Radio Sports Programme, with the station celebrating its 50th year in 2014.
Crime drama The Fall, made and set in Northern Ireland, is shortlisted for Drama Series. Also shortlisted for Drama Series is Doctor Who - produced by BBC Cymru Wales, the long running series celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and continues to resonate with new generations.
The festival will also present a Gold Torc to the winner of the Spirit of the Festival Award - a film or television programme wholly or substantially in a Celtic language that encapsulates the spirit of Celtic Media Festival.
Festival chair, Pádhraic Ó Ciardha said: “The range and quality of these entries from all over the Celtic world is truly extraordinary. Ours is the first major media festival in the annual calendar and the combination of a stimulating line-up of conference sessions, the top-class shortlisted entries in competition for our Torcs, as well as a visit to the splendour of Cornwall and St Ives in late Spring, is one to relish.”
Further details on the Celtic Media Festival 2014 will be unveiled shortly, with the full festival programme set to be revealed in a few weeks’ time.
The 35th annual Celtic Medial Festival will take place in the Tregenna Castle Hotel, St Ives from April 2 to April 4
For more information visit www.celticmediafestival.co.uk.