More good news emerged for Derry this week, as the city was announced as the host city for next year’s 33rd annual Celtic Media Festival.
The festival, which will run from April 18-20 next year, is expected to attract some big name guests and prestigious industry speakers to the city. Hollywood star Tilda Swinton, Creation Records founder Alan McGee and award winning actor, writer and director Peter Mullan were among the contributors at the 32nd festival in Stornoway, Scotland last year. Previous high profile guests include screenwriter Jimmy McGovern, film maker Ken Loach and actors Rhys Ifans and Stephen Rea.
The three day celebration of digital media, broadcasting and film talent will be held in The Playhouse Theatre and will showcase some of the best work from Northern Ireland, The Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Brittany. Entries can be submitted for consideration online at www.celticmediafestival.co.uk.
The Celtic Media Festival is an event for producers and broadcasters, for students and emerging talent, for media policy-makers and for the general public. A programme of local screenings, exhibitions, evening entertainment and celebrity interviews will be open to the public and a series of master-classes and seminars with well-known industry professionals will offer students and practitioners practical advice and insights.
Niall McCaughan from Derry’s Playhouse, welcomed the news: “This is a major announcement for the city and for Northern Ireland and we’re all delighted. It reinforces Derry as the City of Culture.”
Dòmhnall Caimbeul, Chairman of the Celtic Media Festival, said: “We’re very excited to bring the Celtic Media Festival 2012 to Derry-Londonderry. Derry has a rich and vibrant cultural heritage and with the eyes of the world beginning to turn to the city in the run up to its year as City of Culture on 2013, there is a tremendous sense of creative energy emanating from the region.”
Sinn Féin Councillor and Tourism spokesperson Maeve McLaughlin has also welcomed the news.
“We have a wealth of talent in Derry particularly within the arts, film and music sectors. This festival will hopefully offer an opportunity to showcase that up and coming talent and the work of our local students,” she said.
The highlight of the Celtic Media Festival is the Awards. Bronze Torcs for Excellence, celebrating the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from the Celtic nations and regions, will be awarded in 20 categories.
The winners will be selected by an international jury. Submit entries via www.celticmediafestival.co.uk from 9am Thursday, May 8. The closing date for this year’s awards is Friday, October 21, at 5pm.