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Celtic fest fetes Welsh, Irish fare

'31-12-99' takes home spirit award

ABERYSTWYTH, Wales — Rhys Powys’ end-of-millennium drama “31-12-99,” a Welsh feature, won the spirit of the festival award at the 21st Celtic Film and Television Festival, at which Welsh and Irish productions dominated the top awards.

Irish-based Power Pictures went home with the best documentary award for Pat Comer’s Gaelic football docu “A Year ’Til Sunday” and the jury award for biographical documentary “Michael Hartnett: Necklace of Wrens,” directed by Pat Collins. Syd McCartney’s Irish rural drama “A Love Divided” took the feature-length drama nod.

Agog for ‘Gogs’

Welsh winners also included “Gogs — Gogswana” (animation), “Mari” (young people/children’s), “Tair Chwaer” (drama series) and “A Place of Safety” (current affairs), while Scottish winners were “Coming Soon” (entertainment), “Home” (short drama) and “Frog” (Stephen Morrison received the Frank Copplestone first-time director award).

Eighty-eight titles screened at the four-day festival, which ended April 8.

Fest, which bestows radio as well as film and TV awards, is held annually on a rotating basis in one of the Celtic language-speaking countries/regions: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall (Southwest England) and Brittany (Northwest France).