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Renowned media festival to hit Derry

By Donna Deeney

Londonderry will host next year's Celtic Media Festival, a three-day celebration which has attracted some of the biggest names in the industry in the past.

It’s the latest coup for Derry and the Playhouse in particular where some of the best work from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man and Brittany will be showcased.

The highlight of the Celtic Media Festival is the Awards, when Bronze Torcs for Excellence in 20 different categories will be presented, celebrating the very best of film, television, radio and digital media to emerge from the Celtic nations and regions.

In line with other years the festival 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 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. Dòmhnall Caimbeul, Chairman of the Celtic Media Festival said: “We’re very excited to bring the Celtic Media Festival 2012 to Derry-Londonderry.”

The festival was last in Northern Ireland in Newry in 2010.

Entries can be submitted via www.celticmediafestival.co.uk.

The closing date for entries for this year’s awards is Friday October 21 at 5pm.

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