What we do

Find out more about the Festival, what you can expect at the event and more information on the International Pitching Forum and the Torc Awards.

The Programme

Every year, the festival involves an annual 3-day summit bringing together media professionals from the Celtic nations and regions for conference panel sessions, workshops, pitching sessions and many networking events.

The programme has featured speakers from large to small indies, writers, producers, decision makers and commissioners from broadcasters. It is a unique event on a scale that attracts the best conference speakers yet intimate enough for delegates to meet the decision-makers you need to meet. Networking and Social events essential to the festival programme from formal speed networking to more informal drinks receptions where all delegates can meet.

The festival continues to bring together delegates from the Celtic nations and regions that share and learn from each other’s experiences and that are focused on building the indie sector as well as the profile of minority language broadcasting for each of the countries involved.


The International Pitching Forum

Celtic Media Festival strives not only to foster collaborations between the Celtic Nations and Regions, but to bring the wider broadcasting community to our delegates.

To this end, the Celtic Media Festival International Pitching Forum was created in 2016 and has since then invited a number of international commissioners from the Celtic nations and regions but also from further afield to take part.

In 2016, the festival hosted a group of decision makers from New Zealand and Australia to attend the festival. And in 2019, the Festival hosted a delegation of Canadian producers to the Festival including Grazyna Krupa, Executive in Charge of ARTS Programming from CBC Television who took part in the International Pitching Forum.

International Commissioners from past events include:

Margaret Mary Murray, Head of Gaelic Digital Service - BBC Scotland
Proinsias Ni Ghrainne, Commissioning Editor - TG4
Siobhán Ní Bhrádaigh, Commissioning Editor, Children - TG4
Karen Kirby, Editor - BBC Gaeilge
Eddie Doyle, Head of Content Productions - BBC Northern Ireland
Nick Andrews, Head of Commissioning - BBC Wales
Seán Mac Giolla Phadráig, Group Head of Factual - RTÉ
Justin Binding, Commissioning Executive - BBC Northern Ireland
Bill Macleod, Commissioning Editor - MG ALBA
Deirbhile Ní Churraighín, Commissioning Editor - TG4
Non Griffiths, Assistant Commissioner - S4C
Sioned Wyn Roberts, Childrens and Learners Commissioner - S4C
Fiona Gilroy, Content Sales and Acquisitions Director - Flame Distribution
Lisa Duff, Content Sales and Acquisitions Director - Screen Australia
Jade Christian, Commissioning Editor - NITV
Jane Wrightson, Chief Executive - NZ on Air
Mike Rehu, Head of Content - Māori Television
Grazyna Krupa, Executive in Charge of ARTS Programming - CBC Television

The Awards

The Torc Awards for Excellence are presented annually at the Celtic Media Festival during the daily Award ceremonies. These awards celebrate the breadth of talent in the film, tv, radio and digital media industries from the Celtic nations and regions.

They are presented to programmes from the Celtic Nations and Regions in all Celtic minority languages as well as English, French, Spanish and Galician.

The first awards were presented in Harlech in 1981 with 6 categories with Radio categories were introduced in 1999. 

There are now 26 Torc Awards for Excellence including the coveted Gold Torc Award for Excellence which is presented to a film or television programme wholly or substantially in a Celtic language that embodies the spirit and ethos of the Festival.

World famous previous winners include: Line of Duty, Poldark, Y Gwyll/Hinterland, Still Game, The Notorious, Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience and many more.

Have a look at the festival’s past winners: www.celticmediafestival.co.uk/winners

Watch The Sheperds of Berneray, winner of the Commended Film Section in Harlech 1981 on the BFI player here.

The Torc Awards for Excellence are hand cast in bronze by artist Raymond Watson in Newry, Northern Ireland.