Corp + Anam has beaten off stiff competition from Scotland, Wales and Brittany to take one of the top awards today at the Celtic Media Festival 2012, taking place in Derry this week. Corp + Anam won the Drama Series category.
Produced by Magamedia, the series was commissioned by TG4 (and part-funded by the BAI and the Irish Film Board). It tells the story of TV crime hack Cathal Mac Iarnáin. He stops at nothing to dig out the truth, regardless of who gets hurt. Always on the road with work and out of step with his errant teenage family, he doesn't realise that the world of crime is coming closer to home every day. Starring Maria Doyle Kennedy & Diarmuid de Faoite.
The Celtic Media Festival (CMF) is a unique event. One of the most prestigious and long- established in these islands and is held each year, rotating between venues in the various nations and regions. It combines a three-day conference that attracts broadcasters, producers, media and students with a programme competition across the full range of programme categories. Entries go through a national pre-selection phase in each of the Celtic countries with the best advancing to the International Festival. CMF awards are highly-coveted. TG4 has nine works shortlisted in the various categories in this year’s Festival, taking place over three days in Derry, a foretaste of the City of Culture 2013 there.
TG4 Director-General, Pól Ó Gallchóir, said that awards such as these are of particular importance “It is gratifying to see our work standing up to competition from the best from Scotland, Wales and indeed Ireland”, he said. “Awards like these reaffirm our conviction that quality will travel well and appeal to a wider audience, irrespective of original language. Accolades such as these from an international jury of fellow professionals are the highest praise of all,” he said.
Linda Ní Ghríofa, TG4 (091) 505050 or (087) 9172864