Film fans and budding filmmakers can look forward to a fantastic feast of films in November (19th-29th) as the Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People returns with its highly anticipated 22nd festival programme.
The Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival, funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL, includes fantastic film previews from around the world, including gala opening Pitch Perfect, Rise of The Guardians, What Richard Did, Gambit, A Letter to Momo, Chasing Ice, a retrospective on the Coen Brothers, Director Q&A’s and education and industry workshops.
Returning for the seventh consecutive year is film critic and broadcaster, Mark Kermode, who will treat audiences to his views on the year’s film releases before a screening of his festival pick, Jeremy! The Cinemagic Gala Awards, in Belfast City Hall, on 29th November will celebrate the winning films of the festival and the achievements of young filmmakers supported by Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
Throughout the Cinemagic Festival young people can participate in industry events including the Talent Lab masterclasses at Belfast Metropolitan College, featuring screen writer Moira Buffini (Jayne Eyre, Byzantium), actor Larry Lamb (Eastenders, Gavin and Stacey), casting agents John and Ros Hubbard (The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings), Aisling Walsh (Song for a Raggy Boy, Room at the Top), costume designers Michael O’Connor (The Duchess The Last King of Scotland) and Annie Symons (Worried About The Boy, The Crimson Petal), director Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire), production designer Tom McCullough (The Fall, Hunger) and production managers Terry Bamber (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Skyfall) and David Cain (The Phantom of the Opera, Hannibal Rising).
Public Film Programme
The 22nd Cinemagic Festival opens on a high note with the Northern Ireland preview of Pitch Perfect, (Odyssey Cinemas), laugh out loud comedy, starring Anna Kendrick, from Universal Pictures, and other special previews include Chasing Ice (Odyssey Cinemas), winner of the cinematography award at 2012 Sundance Film Festival, in which acclaimed photographer James Balog captures the world’s changing glaciers in a hauntingly beautiful documentary; and Rise of The Guardians (Odyssey Cinemas), from DreamWorks Animation, which boasts an impressive voice cast including Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. The film recently won the LA TIMES - Best Animated Film of 2012, at The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards.
The Coen Brothers spotlight features a preview of Gambit (Odyssey Cinemas), a remake of the 1966 crime caper The Last Station, starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, comedy-thriller, The Big Lebowski (Black Box) and adventure-comedy Raising Arizona (Strand Cinema).
The Grand Opera House will host new Irish made cinema offerings including Dollhouse, which follows a night in the life of a group of street teens from Dublin’s inner city, written and directed by Kirsten Sheridan; Milo, a tender story that examines identity and family, boasting an eclectic international cast; heartfelt drama, Babygirl, bitter-sweet drama about a teen, trapped in an unwanted love-triangle; and highly acclaimed What Richard Did directed by Lenny Abrahamson which will mark the opening of the Takeover Film Festival (Queen’s Film Theatre) co-ordinated by young people with support from Queen’s Film Theatre and Cinemagic.
World Cinema, in Queen’s Film Theatre, not to be missed includes German drama Lessons of a Dream, starring Daniel Bruhl (The Bourne Ultimatum, Goodbye Lenin); winner of the Grand Prix Prize at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, Kauwboy; Argentinian made Beauty, which examines culture and identity; 17 Girls, inspired by a true story and nominated for a 2012 Caesar Award; You and Me Forever, a story about friendship being put to the test; A Secret World, a cinematic poem of carefully composed images and sounds; Kid Thing, which follows a 10 year olds quest to help a woman in need; Arcadia starring Academy Award nominated actor, John Hawkes; and A Letter to Momo (Odyssey Cinemas), a touching fantastical tale that fans of anime master Hiroyuki Okiura will delight in.
The focus of the families on screen strand Little Miss Sunshine and The Royal Tenenbaums (Strand Cinema) will give audiences a chance to revisit two of the most successful quirky comedies in recent years.
Education Workshop Programme
Workshops and special events in the education programme include short film production, a history of silent film with Dr Des O’Rawe, creative storytelling with Tim Loane, Irish History Live and Film- A Night to Remember, Bringing Cinema alive with music with Dirk Brosse, Director Q&A with Ross Ashcroft (Four Horsemen),Horror Film Genre with Ian Long, From stage to screen with Rosie Pelan, Film Classification with BBFC, Director Q&A with Sean McAllister (Inside the Arab Spring), Pitch That Brief with Brian Henry Martin, TV Presenting with Alison Fleming and Paul Clark, Spanish short film showcase with Roberta Quance, Chasing Ice and Climate Change discussion, Gasland and Friends of the Earth discussion, Director Q&A with Martin Wallace (Small Creatures) Ulster Youth Choir, the voice and special effects with Dominic Peckham, Director Q&A with Phil Harrison (The Good Man),and short film showcases from around the world!
The Cinemagic November Festival Jury is open to young people aged 12-18 who are passionate about film watching and reviewing. The young jury members will watch and review all of the festival films in competition as well as announcing the winning festival films at the Gala Awards Ceremony. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for a place on the jury panel before 12th November.
Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “With support from our funders and title sponsor Coca-Cola we are delighted to present our Festival for 12-25 year olds in venues across Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland. Our film programme has a vast range of films from around the world, many of which are special previews and our comprehensive education programme and talent lab masterclasses will give young people a valuable insight into various film and television disciplines”.
Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen said: “Northern Ireland Screen is delighted to see the eclectic programme of screenings and educational events at the Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast this year for the young people of Northern Ireland. Through our continued core funding, supported by DCAL, Northern Ireland Screen acknowledges the Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast as a key component in our efforts to achieve our goal of making a significant contribution to film culture, education and training. We send our sincerest good wishes to Joan and her team for another successful festival.”
Gillian Shields, PR Executive, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland Ltd, said “Coca-Cola is proud to sponsor the 12-25 year olds Cinemagic Festival Programme and to support the valuable work it does once again this year. This year’s festival will provide participants with the opportunity to gain exciting and practical experience in many arts based disciplines, giving a unique insight into the world of film and television and showcasing the many and varied talents in Northern Ireland”
Alderman Christopher Stalford, Chair, Belfast City Council Development Committee said ‘Belfast City Council is proud to support Cinemagic as one of our most prolific local arts festivals, focusing on young people and their endeavours in the world of film and screen. We have supported Cinemagic for many years now and have watched them grow, develop, win awards, and achieve international recognition. They are known to do great work within communities and have been inspirational to many young people, benefitting from connections with industry professionals, and appointing peer educators as young film consultants.’
Eddie Rowan, Events Manager at the Northern Ireland Tourist Board said, “We are delighted to support Cinemagic again in 2012. It has become an event which is known locally, nationally and internationally, showcasing Northern Ireland as a destination for not only our local residents, but also for our out of state visitors. There is tremendous potential for the tourism industry here to significantly contribute to economic growth and project a positive image of Northern Ireland to the rest of the world. Cinemagic will help turn this potential into a reality.”
Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People is funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL, and Belfast City Council, Northern Ireland Tourist Board and DSD.
To view the Cinemagic Festival Programme online visit www.cinemagic.org.uk
Cinema tickets are available at each participating cinema venue in advance and on the day: Odyssey Cinemas (www.odysseycinemas.co.uk 90 73 91 34), Queen’s Film Theatre (www.queensfilmtheatre.com 90 97 10 97), Strand Cinema (90 65 58 30), Grand Opera House (www.goh.co.uk 90 24 19 19), Black Box (www.gotobelfast.com 90 24 66 09).
Cinema tickets are available to book online at www.gotobelfast.com, telephone Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 90 24 66 09 or on site at 47 Donegall Place, Belfast.
To book workshops telephone Cinemagic on 028 90 311 900.