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Celtic Media Festival announce nominees for this year’s Torc Awards for Excellence
22 Mar 2023 : Luke Shanahan
Celtic Media Festival
Celtic Media Festival, the International Summit of Sound and Screen, has announced the full list of nominees for this year’s Torc Awards for Excellence. Many of the projects are supported by TG4, Northern Ireland Screen, and Screen Ireland respectively.

An Cailín Ciúin, the IFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated film by Colm Bairead was nominated for two awards, Single Drama (Screen) and Spirit of the Festival. Joining An Cailín Ciúin in the Single Drama (Screen) category is Frank Berry’s Aisha, a Screen Ireland-supported film about a young Nigerian woman (Letitia Wright) in Ireland’s immigration system who forms a friendship with one of the accommodation centre employees (Josh O’Connor).

Northern Irish television has received a number of nominations including the final season of Derry Girls for Comedy (Screen), and Bloodlands for Drama Series (Screen). Bloodlands follows a Northern Irish police officer (James Nesbitt) investigating crimes while trying to hide a dark secret from his past. This role has previously earned Nesbitt an IFTA for Best Actor in a Lead Role. Panel show The Blame Game has been nominated for Entertainment (Screen).

A number of Irish documentaries and factual television have been nominated for the Torc Awards for Excellence, including Slí na mBeaglaoich for Factual Entertainment (Screen), Ireland’s Dirty Laundry and Steps of Freedom: The History of Irish Dance for Factual Series (Screen), Charlie Bird: Loud and Clear and Seán Ó Riada - Mo Sheanathair for Feature Documentary (Screen), The Man With The Moving House and Unspoken for Single Documentary (Screen), and Laochra Gael - Terence McNaughton for Sport Documentary (Screen). Treaty Live, Dublin Punk Untold, and RTÉ Documentary on One: The Custom of the Sea have been nominated for History (Screen).

Other Irish nominations include The Ghastly Ghoul for Animation (Screen), Voices of Ireland for Arts (Screen), Keep It Up for Children’s Programme (Screen), and The Passion and Láithreachas TG4 - Caitheamh Aimsire for Short Drama (Screen).

The full list of nominations is available here.

The 44th Celtic Media Festival will take place in Dungloe, Donegal from the 6th-8th of June 2023 at the Waterfront Hotel.

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