Screen Scotland partnership with Celtic Media Festival

Screen Scotland is thrilled to be working in partnership with the Celtic Media Festival (CMF) for the 40th edition of the festival, an annual 3-day celebration of broadcasting, film talent and excellence from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany and Galicia.

Taking place in Aviemore, Scotland from 4 - 6 of June, the festival combines a major conference of seminars, networking events and masterclasses, with presentations of coveted prizes in an international competition across all the main content genres in TV, radio, film and digital media.

The festival will be a fantastic opportunity for delegates to meet members of the Screen Scotland team to chat about our latest news, what is coming up and available funding opportunities, including the recently announced Screen Professional Development and Cinema Equipment Funds.

Festival Highlights

One of the many festival highlights will be the presentation of the Torc Awards for Excellence. Categories include Factual Series, Arts, Drama Series, Sport, Current Affairs, Best App, Radio Station of the Year and a new category for 2019, Short Form.

The Celtic Media International Pitching Forum will take place at CMF19, with a development fund prize of £10,000. The proposal pitching round is now open, which this year focuses on Factual Programming and CMF are welcoming pitches from producers to pitch@celticmediafestival.co.uk until 5pm on 31 March.

CMF recently announced the nominees for this year's festival, the full list is available here: http://www.celticmediafestival.co.uk/nominees.

Special screening and CMF19 Opening Event

There will be a special screening of the Screen Scotland supported Eminent Monsters on the opening day of the festival, Tuesday 4 June. The film about Scotland-born Psychiatrist, Ewan Cameron is a shocking, utterly compelling exploration of psychiatry’s collusion with state sponsored torture over the past 70 years.

Multi-award-winning Scottish Director, Stephen Bennett untangles a web of secrecy, denial and complicity to explore the legacy of Dr Ewan Cameron and the experiments that helped devise systems of torture employed across the globe, from Northern Ireland to Guantanamo Bay. Experts, victims and families provide chapter and verse on fundamental violations of human rights.

Following on from the screening, Screen Scotland will host the CMF19 opening event for delegates where all those attending the festival are invited to join in the first day celebrations for the festival’s 40th year.

Catriona Logan, Festival Director, said,

“Celtic Media Festival has worked with Creative Scotland for years and we are so delighted to be partnering with Screen Scotland in such a big way for the 40th year of CMF.”

Isabel Davis, Executive Director at Screen Scotland said,

“We’re partnering with the Celtic Media Festival to encourage international collaboration and give a platform to some of the most exciting work being made in the Celtic Nations. Scottish film and TV are in the ascendant, and with the recent launch of the new BBC Scotland channel, the forthcoming Channel 4 hub in Glasgow and our new Broadcast Content Fund, this is a perfect time for the Festival to return to Scotland.”

"A platform to some of the most exciting work being made in the Celtic Nations"

“We’re partnering with the Celtic Media Festival to encourage international collaboration and give a platform to some of the most exciting work being made in the Celtic Nations. Scottish film and TV are in the ascendant, and with the recent launch of the new BBC Scotland channel, the forthcoming Channel 4 hub in Glasgow and our new Broadcast Content Fund, this is a perfect time for the Festival to return to Scotland.”

Isabel Davis, Executive Director at Screen Scotland

More about Celtic Media Festival

Celtic Media Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary from 4 - 6 June in Aviemore, Scotland. The festival is supported by broadcast, film, cultural and economic development organisations throughout the Celtic countries. The festival is an annual 3-day celebration of broadcasting, film talent and excellence from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany and Galicia.

The festival is core funded by BBC Wales, BBC Northern Ireland, RTÉ, TG4, MG ALBA, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Scotland, S4C, Television de Galicia, and Isle of Media.

2019 Festival Sponsors are Screen Scotland, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and The Highland Council.

Delegate registration is now open for Celtic Media Festival 2019. For more details on the history of the festival, award categories and delegate registration, please visit www.celticmediafestival.co.uk.