The award-winning Festival, which is the largest film and television festival designed for, and by, young people in the UK and Ireland, boasts an ambitious and exciting programme of film screenings, world cinema, masterclasses with film and television industry professionals, school workshops, Q&As, and young critics panels.
This year’s Festival kicks off (2 October 18) with the world premiere of Cinemagic’s second feature film, GRACE AND GOLIATH, a giant of a movie! It is an epic gem of a family feel-good film that is both hilarious and touching and will make you proud to come from Northern Ireland. As a Hollywood movie star is forced to stay with a Belfast family, his giant ego comes crashing down and a city unites.
With a superb home grown cast and cameos from Ciarán Hinds, Suranne Jones, Sally Lindsay and Bronagh Waugh, GRACE AND GOLIATH is set to be the family film of the year! The film has already received fantastic international reviews.
The opening weekend of the Cinemagic Festival will also be marked with a special preview of Smallfoot, the much-anticipated animated adventure from Warner Bros. Pictures (5 Oct 18).
Discussing this year’s programme, Cinemagic’s Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings MBE, said: “We are delighted to unveil such an ambitious and exciting programme of film and television events for children, families, teenagers, young filmmakers and school groups. With the support ofour valued funders and partners, we are able to present an eclectic range of opportunities to educate, motivate and inspire young people under the age of 25, offering them an invaluable insight into the magic of film, television and digital technologies.”
This year’s Cinemagic Festival in Belfast is in association with Hagan Homes, one of Northern Ireland’s largest homebuilders. James Hagan, Chairman, Hagan Homes comments: “As a local home-grown business that is committed to building affordable, quality, stylish homes, we are thrilled to support this year’s Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People in Belfast. Cinemagic has an exciting programme lined up and we are really looking forward to being part of it!”
The Cinemagic Festival is funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by the Department for Communities, Belfast City Council and Tourism Northern Ireland.
Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen said: “Northern Ireland Screen is delighted to see the extensive programme of screenings and educational events at the Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast this year. The Cinemagic Film Festival is a key component in helping young people in Northern Ireland connect with the joy of watching film and with the screen industry. We send our sincerest good wishes to Joan and her team for another successful festival.”
Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Deirdre Hargey added: “Cinemagic Film Festival is always a highlight on the annual calendar for children and young people, and families across the city.
“It’s a fantastic initiative offering training and skills for young people entering the world of work, and with our creative industries going from strength to strength, there’s never been a better time for young people to get involved in this area of work.
“Council is delighted to support Cinemagic – a fantastic ambassador for the city on a global stage via its internationally acclaimed film projects – and I hope this year’s festival is another huge success.”
Film and television charity Cinemagic started working with young people in 1989, and has since run festivals, workshops and masterclasses in Belfast, London, Castres (France), New York and Los Angeles to encourage involvement in the industry. Cinemagic patrons include Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Saoirse Ronan, Paula Malcomson