Double funding boost for Celtic Film and Television Festival
A film and TV festival being held in Cornwall to showcase Celtic talents – which will also provide a major opportunity for local industry members and Cornish businesses – has been approved for £143,000 in funding.
The financial support for the 22nd Celtic Film and Television Festival will come from Objective One and the South West of England Regional Development Agency.
A grant of £113,000 from the European Regional Development Fund will be provided through Objective One, while a £30,000 grant has been approved from the RDA’s Rural Development Programme.
The money will be used to help stage the four-day event, which will cost a total of nearly £265,000 and is being held at the Alverton Manor Hotel in Truro between 28th and 31st March.
Festival director Karen Stockdale said the approval of the grant money was a tremendous boost for an event that is expected to attract 400 delegates from all over the Celtic nations – and beyond.
She said: “What people must remember is that this festival will give Cornish businesses access to new markets, information and new technologies. It’s about raising awareness that there is an industry down here that can benefit from the festival.
“A lot of money is also being generated for the local economy as there will be 400 delegates staying in and around Truro using local business. It’s a valuable event to have happening down here.”
The festival – which is held in one of the Celtic nations of Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany each year – will throw the spotlight on the very best in Celtic broadcasting and film talent.
There will also be a number of film screenings during the festival that the general public will have the opportunity to attend.
Delegates including producers, commissioning editors, film agency executives and directors are expected to attend the festival for TV and radio awards, screenings and exhibitions, keynote speeches, debates and masterclasses.
Networking opportunities are a key part of the festival so as it is being held in Truro it will give Cornish producers the perfect stage to meet financiers and potential customers.
Karen added: “This is great opportunity for them to increase their profile to an international audience. The potential for Cornwall in huge.”
Stephen Bohane, Cornwall manager for the RDA said: “The Celtic TV and Film Festival is a key event, not least for its cultural contribution, but for the opportunity it gives many businesses in Cornwall to market their talents to a captive audience.”
Dan James from Cornwall Enterprise added: “Cornwall Enterprise was delighted to work closely with the Celtic Festival organisers to secure the funding for this very important event.”
The festival also has the support of Cornwall County Council, Carrick District Council, Carlton West Country, The Independent Television Commission, PROSPER, Cornwall Tourist Board, the BBC, Restormel Borough Council and North Cornwall District Council.
The Cornwall Tourist Board will be running a festival hotline giving up to date advice on accommodation availability and travel on 01872 322941.
This will be the second time Cornwall has hosted the event after Tregenna Castle in St Ives was the venue in 1997.
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