The 33rd Celtic Media Festival has unveiled its full programme details ahead of next week’s three-day event at The Playhouse Theatre in Derry. The annual event will take place from 18-20 April, with additional activities being held in various venues around Derry city.
As the festival returns to Northern Ireland for the fifth time, it is likely to prepare residents of Derry for 2013’s Culture Company event, which sees Derry~Londonderry playing host to City of Culture for 2013.
The Celtic Media Festival's aim is to promote the languages and cultures of Celtic countries on screen and in broadcasting. One of the festival’s 2012 highlights will include the Bronze Torcs for Excellence awards ceremony, which will be chaired by RTÉ personality Miriam O’Callaghan. The ceremony will take place over three nights, with 21 nominees from categories in film, television, radio and digital media set to receive awards.
Miriam commented on the quality of this year’s applications: “The standard of entry really is testament to the quality and diversity of work being produced from within the Celtic nations.”
As reported on IFTN last month, the festival will be launched with a premiere screening of ‘Derry On Screen’, a specially created film of Derry and its residents from archive footage sourced from The Nerve Centre’s North West Digital Film Archive.
Derry actress Bronagh Gallagher will present the film, and expressed her delight at Derry’s history being documented on screen: “It’s such an exciting time for Derry in the lead up to the City of Culture year in 2013. As a native of the city, I’m looking forward to seeing our rich history celebrated in ‘Derry On Screen’. Our city’s people are rightly renowned for their spirit and creativity and this film will be a tremendous testament to them. It’s also a fantastic legacy for the Celtic Media Festival to bequeath the city.”
The festival will welcome a whole range of industry experts over three days, with Director of BBC Northern Ireland Peter Johnston delivering the keynote speech this year.
In ‘It’s The Way We Tell ‘Em’, producers of some of the most successful comedies will discuss the impact Celts have had on contemporary comedy, with Christopher Young (Inbetweeners), Rab Christie (Rab C. Nesbitt) and Stephen McCrum (Mr’s Brown’s Boys) leading the panel.
Other events include discussions entitled ‘Reality Bites’ and ‘The Changing Face of News’, with Derry-based journalist Eamon McCann and RTÉ’s Steve Carson.
Chairman of the Celtic Media Festival Dòmhnall Caimbeul is looking forward to the “most exciting and diverse” festival yet: “We’re very excited to bring the Celtic Media Festival 2012 to Derry-Londonderry. We look forward to celebrating the tremendous work that the Celtic nations and regions have produced over the last year.”
For details of this year’s festival shortlist visit www.celticmediafestival.co.uk and details of the full programme download a PDF here.