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Celtic Media Festival

The Celtic Media Festival, formerly known as the Celtic Film and Television Festival, aims to promote the languages and cultures of the Celtic nations in film, on television, radio and new media. The festival is an annual three-day celebration of broadcasting and film from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany. The festival has existed for nearly forty years.

Celtic Media Festival
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LocationCeltic nations
AwardsTorc Awards
Directed byPádhraic Ó Ciardha
Produced byCatriona Logan
LanguageIrish, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Breton, Manx and Cornish


The festival was first held in 1980, on the Scottish islands of South Uist and Benbecula. The 30th festival was held in March 2009 in Caernarfon, Wales. The festival presents the Torc Awards to the winners of 22 different categories.

The festival also presents a Gold Torc to the winner of Spirit of the Festival Award - a film or television programme wholly or substantially in a Celtic language that encapsulates the spirit of the Celtic Media Festival.


The Celtic Media Festival has been chaired by dedicated and respected individuals working in the broadcasting industry:

Irish Chairs:

  • Pádhraic Ó Ciardha, TG4 – Present Chair
  • Neasa Ní Chinnéide, RTÉ
  • Bob Collins, RTÉ
  • Con Bushe, RTÉ
  • Muiris MacConghail, RTÉ
  • Cathal Goan, RTÉ

Scottish Chairs:

Welsh Chairs:

Festival LocationsEdit


  • Documentary / Factual : Factual Series - Factual Entertainment - Single Documentary - History - Sport - Arts - Current Affairs
  • Drama : Short Drama - Single Drama - Drama Series
  • Further Screen Categories : Comedy - Animation - Children - Entertainment - Short Form
  • Radio : Radio Station of the Year - Radio Documentary - Radio Music Programme - Radio Sports - Radio Presenter/Personality - Radio Comedy - Radio Magazine Show

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Slattery, Laura (22 April 2016). "Ten TV trends at the Celtic Media Festival". The Irish Times. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  2. ^ Spowart, Nan (16 April 2015). "Referendum coverage under spotlight at Celtic Media Festival". The National. Retrieved 27 November 2016.

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