More Bronze Torc award winners announced

25 Apr 2013 in Film

As the Celtic Media Festival enters its second day in Swansea, yet more productions from the Celtic nations and regions have been honoured with Bronze Torc Awards for Excellence.

Irish drama Saving the Titanic picked up the Bronze Torc Award for Feature Length Drama today. A fascinating hybrid of documentary and drama, complemented by stunning CGI, Saving the Titanic charts the ship’s final hours and features a stellar ensemble cast.

The award for Short Drama went to Loserville, which tells the story of ‘K’, a teenager who finds herself, suddenly living out on the streets, homeless and alone. The film was entirely made by the staff and film students of Newport Film School and financed by a grant from the Wales Government, and has been screened on BBC Wales and distributed throughout all schools in Wales by The Homelessness Network to promote debate and awareness of the issue.

The Irish documentary Scéal na Gaeilge won the Torc for Factual Entertainment. Through a mixture of animation, green screen and location filming, this series traces the journey of the Irish language from earliest times to the present day, and reveals its history by shining a humourous light on the historical and mythological stories that are associated with it.

Welsh production Gwaith/Cartref (Home/Work) took home the Drama Series award. A dynamic and cosmopolitan drama made by Fiction Factory for S4C, it follows a gang of teachers working and living in the Welsh capital. By day they work together in a Welsh language high school, but by night their disparate personal lives are scattered across the city.

BBC Northern Ireland’s documentary This World: Shame of the Catholic Church was awarded the Bronze Torc for Current Affairs for its investigation into the child abuse scandal that has plagued the church in Ireland for decades, and which created headlines around the world when it was broadcast.

As the second day of the festival drew to a close, the jam packed programme events is well underway. Media delegates from across the world attended screenings and talks from some of the most influential figures from the broadcasting and film industries, including The Killing director Birger Larsen, Tone C. Rønning (Commissioning Editor for NRK), Gethin Scourfield (producer of Hinterland), Darach Mac Con Iomaire (the writer and director of Corp + Anam), Ron Jones (the Swansea-based founder of the Tinopolis Group – one of UK’s largest independent television suppliers to major broadcasters), with BBC Wales Director Rhodri Talfan Davies due to speak later today.

Tomorrow, News International’s Director of Communications (and former Communications Director for Boris Johnson) Guto Harri will discuss the necessity of news, and the challenges for lesser spoken languages in the fast paced and changing world of newsgathering.

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Source: Celtic Media Festival