Following three eventful days, the festival has issued awards to filmmakers across the Celtic isles. RTÉ and TG4 were among the big winners with both picking up Bronze Torcs for Excellence.
The festival officially opened on Wednesday with Derry-born actress Bronagh Gallagher presenting the ‘Derry on Screen’ film, which features archives from Derry city.
Chairman of the Celtic Media Festival Dòmhnall Caimbeul said the festival had gotten off to a triumphant start. “[I am] truly excited at the talent, creativity and innovation on show. As ever, the award shortlist was especially strong, but the winners are a fantastic representation of the work which has emerged from the Celtic nations over the past year,” he said.
Thursday saw Peter Johnston, director of BBC Northern Ireland, deliver the keynote speech, while other events featured RTÉ’s Steve Carson and Derry-based journalist Eamon McCann.
The first round of awards was presented by RTÉ presenter Miriam O’Callaghan on Wednesday (April 18). RTÉ scooped two awards in the first round, including the first Bronze Torc of the week for documentary ‘Behind the Walls’. Sheila Ahern, researcher for the documentary, dedicated the award to the late Mary Raftery who produced ‘Behind the Walls’. The awards came just two days after the broadcaster received three awards at the New York Festival’s International Television and Film Awards on Tuesday.
TG4 won big in the Drama Series category on Thursday with crime drama ‘Copr+Anam’, while BBC Knowledge and Learning Northern Ireland picked up the Kieran Hegarty Award for Interactivity for its documentary ‘The Siege’. The award is in honour of late BBC broadcaster Kieran Hegarty. A different documentary by Irish-born writer and broadcaster Carlo Gébler also called ‘The Siege of Derry’ was screened at the festival on Thursday night.
Short films were also recognised at the awards ceremony, with ‘The Taxidermist’, a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland production, winning in the Short Drama category.
Full list of winners:
Behind the Walls
Wonderland: The Men Who Won’t Stop Marching
Erica Starling Productions/BBC NI
Rhod Gilbert Work Experience
Presentable/BBC Cymru Wales/S4C
The Savage Eye
Passion in Port Talbot… It Has Begun
Prospect/BBC Cymru Wales
Feature Length Drama
Darach Mac Con Iomaire
The Boy in the Bubble
Igloo Films /RTÉ
Kieran Hegarty Award for Interactivity
BBC Knowledge and Learning NI
The Mouse Trap and Me
BB Radio Wales
Frances Nic Géidigh
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Week In Week Out: Cash for Qualifications
Young People Bronze Torc
Ó Tholg go Tolg
Red Pepper Productions/TG4
BBC Scotland/BBC Alba
Spirit of the Festival Award
Radio Station of the Year
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
The Jury Award
Green Bay Media
Best Fiction (Student category)
John Corcoran/Jean Igoe
Best Entertainment (Student category)
Mark Armstrong/Jason Cullen
IADT Film School