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Five Wins for Ireland at Celtic Film and Television Festival
03 Apr 2006 :
The 27th Celtic Film and Television Festival finished on Friday, with five wins for Ireland. The festival is the annual international broadcasting event which celebrates the cultures and languages of the Celtic countries and regions.

Wales swept the board this year, followed by Ireland and Scotland.

Frances Hendron, Chief Executive of the Celtic Film & TV Festival said, “With standards even higher than ever, whittling down 400 entries to the final winners has been an arduous yet enjoyable task. The quality of the festival programme and the prestige of winning an award mean The Celtic Film & Television Festival continues to be recognised by the international TV community as an important and exciting date in the creative awards calendar."

A total of 95 nominations for the awards were considered, with around 50 independent production companies being recognised in 17 categories.

In addition to the 17 ‘best of’ categories, three special awards were presented:

The Spirit of the Festival Gold Torc (presented to a film or television programme wholly or substantially in a Celtic language) was awarded to Gem Y Ganriff, a Greenbay Media production for S4C Wales.

The Frank Copplestone First Time Director Award (presented for either a television programme or film) was awarded to Andrew Henderson for The Rest is Silence, a production for Cadies Limited in Scotland.

The Jury Award (made at the discretion of the international jury, for quality of production, direction, technical or craft excellence) was awarded to Border Crossings: The Journey of Raymond Williams, a production by BBC Bristol.

The judges who faced the task of deciding the winners include a nationally/regionally selected cross-section of broadcast and new media industry experts actively working in each of the Celtic nation and regions.

Entries from the Celtic countries participating in the Festival (Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) are accepted on any subject. Entries from outside the Celtic countries are accepted where the subject matter relates to aspects of life and culture, past, present or future of a Celtic country. Celtic language productions are featured, as are first productions from new directors.

The Irish wins were:
Entertainment - Stew (Grand Pictures for RTE)
Animation - Cúilín Dualach (Cartoon Saloon, TG4, IFB)
Arts Document - ‘John McGahern, A Private World’ (Hummingbird Productions & RTE)
Sport - ‘Final Words: Hurling ’04’ (RTE Sport)
Short Drama - Jellybaby (Manifesto Films, NIFTC, Filmbase, RTE)

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