Productions from Northern Ireland feature in The Celtic Media Festival’s shortlist of nominees for this year’s Awards which will take place in Swansea from 24-26 April.
Amongst the nineteen strongly contested categories are two Irish Language Broadcast Fund (ILBF) productions from Imagine Media; Steip le Tura and Smidiríní.
Steip le Tura tells the story of African dancer Cuthbert ‘Tura’ Arutura as he fulfils his ambition to learn one of Ireland’s most ancient and emotive forms of dancing; Seán-Nós. It is nominated in the Arts category where it will compete against The Undertones – Here Comes The Summer from Derry-based Alleycats Tv.
Smidiríní is a four part magazine series that gave new and upcoming producers a chance to have their work broadcast on a national channel. The result was an eclectic mix of short films covering a wide range of topics covering the themes; drama, reality, documentary, celebrity, the arts, proverbs, and emotions. Smidiríní has been nominated in the Entertainment category.
Stirling Productions’ 6Degrees has been shortlisted in the Drama Series category. The series follows six freshers arriving from throughout the UK and Ireland as they crash through their first term at university in Belfast. The BBC Northern Ireland series received funding from Northern Ireland Screen.
Atto Partners’ 4thought.tv is nominated for the Kieran Doherty Award for Innovation. The website provides the online platform to accompany the Channel 4 religion and ethics series that airs every day at 7.55pm. Developed with the support of the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, it features in-depth discussion of complex contemporary issues featuring over 450 short personal films designed to evoke an emotional response or stimulate debate.
Flickerpix’s On the Air has been shortlisted in the Animation category. The show uses a unique mix of stop motion and 2D animation to bring Gerry Anderson’s morning Radio Ulster Show to life. Gerry and his faithful aide Sean Coyle contemplate many of life’s not-so-pressing issues; from metrosexuality in modern men to the true price of fame.
My Neighbour Films’ Standup is nominated for the Short Drama Award. Standup is about the aftermath in a family of a teen suicide. A dead boy (17) who wanted to be a comedian and his father, who sentences himself to step into his son's shoes.
A Family Trial from Clean Slate Television is up for the Factual Single Award. The documentary tells the story of a deeply religious mother of eight who met an extremely brutal and violent end on Christmas day 2008 in her Newry home.
BBC Northern Ireland’s This World: Shame of the Catholic Church is nominated in the Current Affairs category.
The three day celebration of digital media, broadcasting and film talent will showcase some of the best work from Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Brittany.
Full list of nominees can be found here.