Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Staff and Students Visit the Celtic Media Festival in Inverness

08.05.2015

Staff and students from the School of Film and Digital Media at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Carmarthen, attended this year’s Celtic Media Festival at Inverness.

Celtic Media Group

The principal aim of the Celtic Media Festival is to promote the languages and cultures of the Celtic countries on screen and in broadcasting, and to offer an opportunity for students to network with professionals from the film and media industry.

The annual three-day Festival is a celebration of broadcasting, film talent and new media excellence from Scotland, Isle of Man, Ireland, Cornwall, Wales, Galicia and Brittany. The Festival is attended by all of the major broadcasting, film and media companies from the Celtic nations, and is sponsored by companies such as S4C, BBC Wales, BBC Scotland, BBC Northern Ireland, RTE, TG4, Channel 4, UTV Ireland, BAFTA Scotland, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Through UWTSD’s sponsorship of the Festival over the last three years, students from the School of Film and Digital Media in Carmarthen have been able to travel to the Festival and participate in the many opportunities offered to them. The Festival runs a Green Light strand of workshops, where students can tap into the experience and expertise of practitioners and filmmakers operating at the highest level of industry. Students can also attend the award ceremonies, and engage in issues of contemporary interest in the seminars led by key figures in the film and media industries.

Aaron Davies, second year BA Film and Visual Culture student said:

“This was an amazing learning experience. We felt like we were part of the industry, rather than just students, and really appreciated the opportunity to travel to other places and see what the other Celtic regions are doing in film and media. It has really given us a desire to stay working within the Celtic media industries.

“This year’s location of Inverness offered a great experience too – we were able to enjoy the beautiful location, the local hospitality, and a world-class venue in Eden Court. The sun shining throughout was an unexpected bonus for the Highlands in spring!”

The Festival is held in the heartland of one of the Celtic nations and regions, and features the Torc award ceremonies. The Torc awards are presented to the best production from the Celtic nations in each of the 20 festival categories for film, television, radio and digital media.

UWTSD staff and students will attend next year’s Festival which will take place in Dungarvan in Ireland.

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014