Dungarvan will be abuzz with excitement for the next couple of days as the 37th Celtic Media Festival gets underway. Opening today, the festival will run until Friday 22nd. An annual three day event, the festival celebrates the very best in broadcasting and film talent from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany. Flourishing since it first came into being nearly four decades ago, The Celtic Media Festival brings together all who cherish the languages and cultures of the Celtic countries as portrayed on screen and broadcast.

Celebrating emerging talents, this year includes the inaugural International Pitching Forum, where commissioners and decision-makers from Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK will attend to hear formal pitches, thereby boosting fresh, new talent in the industry.

This year sees a more broad range of events and awards, with a whopping 42 Irish productions nominated in 23 different categories, including Arts, Comedy, Current Affairs, Drama Series, Factual Single, and Sport. Among the Irish nominations are “Cumann na mBan –  Mná na Réabhlóide”, “One Million Dubliners”, “The Notorious” and “Boogaloo and Graham”.

Festival Director Catriona Logan, speaking to IFTN today, said “Today marks the beginning of the 37th Celtic Media Festival, and we’re delighted to be in Dungarvan for the next few days. There are a lot of exciting things happening throughout the Festival, including our inaugural International Pitching Forum, and some brilliant sessions that bring together some of the most talented minds in the Celtic film and television industries. We’re excited to welcome commissioners, directors and producers, alongside influential figures within the media industry, including Oscar-nominated director Birger Larsen, Chief Executive of Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Michael O’Keeffe and many more.”

The festival kicks off today with a host of spectacular events, including a screening of the Local Films for Local People project “Down Waterford Way” tonight at 7pm in SGC Dungarvan.