Several Irish projects including features, documentaries and dramas have received Celtic Media Award nominations. The selected Irish made programmes include many IFTA nominated projects such as Abu Media’s ‘1916 – Seachtar na Casca’, Rachel Lysaght and Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s feature doc, ‘The Pipe’ and Stirling Film and TV Productions Ltd’s ‘Seacht’.
In the category of Documentary / Factual Abu Media’s investigation of the Easter Rising, ‘1916 – Seachtar na Casca’ has been nominated, as has RTÉ’s secondary-school based documentary ‘The School’ whilst Sideline Productions’ competitive choir reality show, ‘An Cór’ and is the sole Irish project shortlisted in the Factual Entertainment category.
There are four Irish Factual Single nominees including Fastnet Films’ examination of bee-keeping, ‘Colony’; Hotshot Films’ investigative doc, ‘Men of Arlington’; Rachel Lysaght and Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s Shell to Sea project, ‘The Pipe’ and Deer Lake Films’ examination of ‘the troubles’ in ‘Voices from the Grave’.
Where the festival’s Sport category is concerned, Orusco Ltd’s ‘Vincent O’Brien – The Master’, a look at the celebrated horse trainer’s life is the only Irish project to be shortlisted. Similarly in the Arts category, Wildfire Films’ examination of portrait photography, ‘The Beholder’ is the only Irish project to receive a nominee.
In the Celtic Media Short Drama group Wildfire Film’s ‘Deep End Dance’ will compete again Tilted Pictures’ ‘Passing’ alongside other projects. In the Feature Length Drama group Sigma Films’ ‘Donkey’ and Fastnet Films’ ‘The Runway’ have been selected amongst other non-Irish features.
Where the festival's Drama Series category is concerned ROSG's atmospheric murder mystery series, 'Na Cloigne' is the only Irish project to have received a nomination. 'Na Cloigne' producer, Ciarán Ó Cofaigh voiced his delight at the show's nomination, telling IFTN: “We are delighted to have been selected to represent Ireland in the ‘Drama Series’ category at the Celtic Media Festival. We were up against some serious competition from a number of other Irish productions – in both the Irish and English language – so it’s an absolute honour to have secured the nomination and to be representing our country at such a well known international event."
As for TV genre categories, BBC Northern Ireland’s ‘Spotlight – The Iris Robinson Investigation’ is nominated in the Current Affairs category whilst Sonta/ Cartoon Saloon’s ‘Anam an Amhráin’ is notimated in the Animation group. The Education group sees Firebrand Productions’ ‘Teens in the Wild’ shortlisted and Childrens features Sixteen South Television’s ‘Big City Park’.
In the Young People group Stirling Film and TV Productions Ltd’s ‘Seacht’ has been nominated and Blinder Films Ltd’s ‘The Savage Eye’ is one of the projects shortlisted in Entertainment. Finally Big Fish Productions’ Aitheantas Staisiún TG4 and Kudos Film & Television’s ‘Lip Service’ have been shortlisted in the category of Marketing Campaign.
The festival this year received 450 entries. The festival is a three-day celebration of broadcasting and film talent in the Celtic nations. Supported by broadcast, film, cultural and economic organisations, it looks to provide a unique opportunity for those within the film and broadcasting community to network, exchange ideas, attend workshops and promote the richness of Celtic cultures today. 13th- 15th April, 2011 on Scotland’s Western Isles. For a full list of nominees visit http://www.celticmediafestival.co.uk/11,29/the_festival/shortlist/