History

The Celtic Media Festival exists to promote the cultures and languages of the Celtic countries in film, on television, radio and new media. Primarily this is achieved through the festival - the major annual activity of the organisation - and also through partnership events throughout the year. The Celtic Media Festival is also in a position to offer a distinctive view of the media industry through government consultations etc, which may otherwise be underrepresented.

The Celtic Media Festival administrators:


Michael Russell 1980 - 1983
Duncan MacLeod 1983 - 1994
Frances Hendron 1994 - 2007
Jude MacLaverty 2007 - 2010 
Jo Stein 2010-2011 
Catriona Logan 2011-present

It 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:


Donald Waters, Grampian Television
Neil Fraser, BBC Scotland
Maggie Cunningham, BBC Scotland
Domhnall Caimbeul, MG ALBA

Welsh Chairs:


Huw Jones, S4C
John Hefin, Wales Film Council
Owen Edwards, S4C

2017 - 38th Festival


Douglas, Isle of Man
Festival Director, Catriona Logan
Festival Manager, Naomi Wright

2016 - 37th Festival


Dungarvan, Ireland
Festival Director, Catriona Logan
Festival Co-Ordinator, Naomi Wright

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2015 - 36th Festival


Inverness, Scotland
Festival Producer, Catriona Logan
Festival Co-Ordinator, Naomi Wright

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2014 - 35th Festival


St Ives, Cornwall
Festival Producer, Catriona Logan
Festival Co-Ordinator, Cleo Hetherington

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2013 - 34th Festival


Swansea, Wales
Festival Producer, Catriona Logan
Festival Co-Ordinator, Ross Smyth

2012 - 33rd Festival


Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Festival Producer, Catriona Logan
Festival Co-Ordinator, Leona Buchanan

2011 - 32nd Festival


Stornoway, Scotland
Festival Producer, Jo Stein
Festival Co-Ordinator, Jenna Cunningham

2010 - 31st Festival


Newry, Northern Ireland
Festival Producer, Jude MacLaverty
Festival Co-Ordinator, Jo Stein

2009 - 30th Festival


Caernarfon, Wales
Festival Producer, Jude MacLaverty
Festival Co-Ordinator, Jo Stein

2008 - 29th Festival


Galway, Ireland
Festival Producer, Jude MacLaverty
Festival Team, Ed Blackburn, Sally Ni Dhuibhir
 

2007 - 28th Festival


Skye, Scotland
Chief Executive, Frances Hendron
Festival Producer, Jude MacLaverty / Katy McAulay
 

2006 - 27th Festival


Falmouth, Cornwall
Chief Executive, Frances Hendron
Festival Producer, Jude MacLaverty
 

2005 - 26th Festival


Cardiff, Wales
Festival Chairman, Bryn Roberts
Festival Producer, Hannah Raybould (Sgrin)
 

2004 - 25th Festival


Dundee, Scotland
Festival Chairman, Lesley Riddoch
Festival Producers, Jude MacLaverty and Frances Hendron
 

2003 - 24th Festival


Belfast, Northern Ireland
Festival Chairman, Professor Sean Fulton
Festival Producer, Jude Sharvin
 

2002 - 23rd Festival


Quimper, Brittany
Festival Chairman, Daniel Yonnet
Festival Producer, Xavier Perrin
 

2001 - 22nd Festival


Truro, Cornwall
Festival Chairman, Professor Alan Livingston
Festival Director, Karen Stockdale
 

2000 - 21st Festival


Aberystwyth, Wales
Festival Chairman, Derec Llwyd Morgan
Festival Producer, Menna Heulyn
 

1999 - 20th Festival


Skye, Scotland
Festival Chairman, Donald John MacInnes
Festival Director, Mark McLachlan
 

1998 - 19th Festival


Tralee, Ireland
Festival Chairman, Dr Tim Mahony
Festival Director, Doireann Ní Bhriain
 

1997 - 18th Festival


St Ives, Cornwall
This was the first time the Festival was hosted by Cornwall
Festival Chairman, James St Aubyn
Festival Director, Stephen Hall
 

1996 - 17th Festival


Bangor, Wales
Festival Chairman, R Alun Evans
Festival Director, Ewan Llwyd.
 

1995 - 16th Festival


Fortwilliam, Scotland
Festival Chairman, Sir Fraser Morrison
Festival Director, Lindsay Pollock
 

1994 - 15th Festival


Derry, Northern Ireland
Festival Chairman, Ivor Oswald
Festival Organiser, Suzy O'Hara
 

1993 - 14th Festival


Lorient, Brittany
Festival Chairman Louis Lichou
Festival Organiser Erwan Moalic
 

1992 - 13th Festival


Carmarthen, Wales
Festival Chairman D H Davies
Festival Organiser David Hedley Williams
 

1991 - 12th Festival


Inverness, Scotland
Festival Chairman Sir Iain Tennant KT
Festival Organiser Mairi Nicholson
 

1990 - 11th Festival


Gweedore, Ireland
Festival Chairman T P Hardiman
Festival Organiser Colm Ó Briain
 

1989 - 10th Festival


Roscoff, Brittany
Festival Chairman Recteur Henri Le Moal
Festival Organiser Erwan Moalic
 

1988 - 9th Festival


Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales
Festival Chairman Alwyn Roberts
Festival Organiser Sion Pyrs
 

1987 - 8th Festival


Inverness, Scotland
Festival Chairman Bob Cowan
Festival Organiser Kate Swan
 

1986 - 7th Festival


Newcastle, Co Down, Northern Ireland
Festival Chairman Sir Desmond Lorimer
Festival Organiser Alan Bremner
 

1985 - 6th Festival


Douarnenez and Rennes, Brittany
Festival Chairman Per Denez
 

1984 - 5th Festival


Cardiff, Wales
Festival Chairman John Elfed
Festival Organiser Ron Stewart
 

1983 - 4th Festival


Glasgow, Scotland
 

1982 - 3rd Festival


Wexford, Ireland
 

1981 - 2nd Festival


Harlech, Wales
 

1980 - 1st Festival


Western Isles, Scotland