Oct 24, 2003

Seagate To Sponsor Foyle Film Festival

NORTHERN IRELAND - One of Ireland's most exciting annual celebrations of the art of cinema, the Foyle Film Festival, is going from strength to strength this year with the support of a new main sponsor - Seagate Technology, one of the largest employers in the north-west.

The 16th Seagate Foyle Film Festival will run from November 21 to 30. The theme this year is 'Celebration' and the programme promises a feast of film, fun and cinematic brilliance.

Hundreds of contemporary and cutting-edge films screened across six venues, master-classes in the arts of special effects, directing and acting, as well as panel discussions involving high-profile personalities on various aspects of media, will pack the ten days of the Festival period. During this time, international and national competitions will take place, showcasing the work of new filmmakers and animators.

This year Seagate is taking over as main sponsor of the Foyle Film Festival following two years of support as sponsor of the festival's technology strand.

Explaining the Company's commitment to supporting one of the biggest cultural and community events in the north-west, John Spangler, plant manager of Seagate's Springtown facility, says that such a partnership with the Festival is a logical one, as both Seagate and the film industry 'turn on ideas'.

"Seagate is the entertainment industry's leading supplier of disc drives. Nearly every major film made today employs digital storage technology for visual effects, digital imaging and editing. The products used in this environment need to be fast and reliable, offering the highest quality possible with minimal errors. Since the inception of recording and editing on PCs, Seagate has been the hard disc drive brand of choice for audio-visual professionals.

"The creativity of Seagate's research teams and the products that result are at the core of the digital storage technology on which so much of modern life depends.

"Our support for the Foyle Film Festival reflects our commitment to good corporate citizenship in the communities in which our employees live. It is great to have an opportunity to highlight the significance of our technology to the film industry through our association with a festival of this calibre."

The box office smash 'The Lord of the Rings' is just one of many well-known films that were brought to the screen with the help of Seagate's hard drive technology. Content-creation systems such as Avid, Pinnacle Systems and Rorke Data, which rely heavily upon Seagate drives, have been used for the many blockbuster films and will continue to be used for blockbuster films of tomorrow.

The 16th Seagate Foyle Film Festival starts on November 21, but before that there will be the launches of the festival programme - events that themselves have become established as highlights of the cultural year and attended by well-known names from the world of film. The programme will be launched in Derry on November 4, in Belfast on November 5 and in Dublin the following day. NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS:
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide range of Enterprise, PC, Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability, to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 1,800 people between them. At the Springtown wafer fabrication facility, the Company develops and manufactures the recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a computer's hard drive. The Company's Limavady facility produces nickel-plated aluminium substrates, the core material on which computer hard disc drives read, write and store digital information.

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