The biggest media festival in the Celtic nations and regions has opened its call for entries. Following a record number of entries in 2016, the 2017 Call for Entries is now open. Film and programme makers may submit entries for the prestigious Torc Awards for Excellence online at www.celticmediafestival.co.uk.

The Celtic Media Festival 2017 will take place in Douglas, Isle of Man, the first time the festival has travelled to the island, and, with the addition of a brand-new history category, a total of 23 Torc Awards will be presented at the 2017 Festival. Past winners of Torc Awards for Excellence include BBC’s Poldark, RTÉ One’s Love/Hate, BBC Wales’ Y Gwyll/Hinterland and TG4’s’s Corp + Anam,. BBC’s Sherlock, BBC/RTÉ’s The Fall and BBC Cymru Wales’ Doctor Who, are just a few of the major productions to be nominated in previous years. Previous high-profile guests include River producer Chris Carey, Tilda Swinton, Rhys Ifans, Peter Mullan, Ken Loach, The Killing Director Birger Larsen, My Mad Fat Diary writer/showrunner Tom Bidwell, and Doctor Who and Torchwood producer Russell T Davies. Full details of the festival programme, delegate registration, and how to purchase tickets, will be announced early next year.

Catriona Logan, Festival Director, said:

We’re breaking records every year and it’s testament to the explosion of creativity and output in the creative content and broadcast sector in the Celtic regions. Each year the quality and quantity of productions submitted through the Call for Entries gets bigger and better. As a festival, we’re constantly innovating, and it’s exciting to be bringing the 2017 festival to Douglas/Isle of Man for the first time

The 38th Celtic Media Festival takes place from the 3rd-5th of May 2017 and will see hundreds of delegates enjoy a packed festival programme on the Isle of Man. Supported by BBC Scotland, RTÉ, TG4, BBC Wales, Northern Ireland Screen, BBC Northern Ireland, MG ALBA, S4C and the Isle of Man Government, the festival consistently attracts international delegates wherever it is held and offers a programme that celebrates the influential media industry of the Celtic nations and regions, as well as providing networking opportunities for delegates and speakers alike.

Despite moving to a new location each year, the Celtic Media Festival maintains its unique atmosphere, one which evokes its nurturing, collaborative nature no matter where it calls home.

For full information on the Call for Entries and award categories, and a first look at the 2016 Festival identity, go to www.celticmediafestival.co.uk

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