About Us

Cinemagic is an award winning charity and is the largest film and television festival designed for and by young people in the UK and Ireland.

Cinemagic offers young people real skills, opportunity, and affirmation – and it is priceless. We embrace the magic of film, television and digital technologies, and work tirelessly to educate, motivate and inspire young people through film screenings, industry workshops, practical masterclasses, filmmaking projects and outreach activities

Cinemagic first started working with young people in 1989 and since then we have developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in children’s programming.  To date we have engaged with over 500,000 young people, screened over 3000 films, and hosted over 500 masterclasses, workshops and special events. Our film production projects have received international acclaim for their ambition, quality and reach.

Cinemagic breaks down boundaries, promotes inclusion, and introduces young people to other cultures, languages and traditions. It is absolutely thrilling to see how our young trainees have gone on to work with various film and television companies such as the BBC, HBO, Disney, Sky Atlantic, RTE, and Bedlam Productions.

The last few years have been a particularly exciting time for Cinemagic. We have firmly established annual Cinemagic Film and Television Festivals in Belfast, Dublin, London, Paris, Los Angeles and New York, with over 40,000 young people participating in our events each year.

Young people with all kinds of backgrounds and abilities engage with Cinemagic by watching films, participating in workshops and masterclasses and making films. Annually we bring young people from Northern Ireland to Los Angeles to meet with the representatives from the world’s biggest film and television studios.

In the last four years we have produced two feature films; secured worldwide distribution for our first feature film A CHRISTMAS STAR; developed two “behind the scenes” award-winning documentaries, produced over 45 short films; supported over 150 young trainees to work in the film and television industry; and we are now planning the world premiere of our next feature film, GRACE AND GOLIATH later this year!

We are passionate about what we do and we would love you to join us on this exciting journey!

To find out more about Cinemagic and hear from a range of our patrons including Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Julian Fellowes and Saoirse Ronan please view our Cinemagic promotional trailer on https://vimeo.com/107483552

Bangor Central Nursery School

This event has helped pre-school children with their listening skills, language development & physical development. The selection of short films were very appropriate for this age group. Their interest was kept throughout! We really enjoy having Cinemagic coming to our school and hope this will continue to be an annual event for us!

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Cinemagic Patrons

  • Liam Neeson
  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Dermot O‚ÄôLeary
  • Terry George
  • Brian Cox
  • Lisa Henson
  • Suranne Jones
  • Julian Fellowes
  • Christine Bleakley
  • Seamus McGarvey
  • Ciaran McMenamin
  • Colin Farrell
  • Patrick Bergin
  • Ros Hubbard
  • John Hubbard
  • Gary Knell
  • Rachel Kavanagh
  • Aidan Power
  • Mark Huffam
  • Saoirse Ronan
  • Craig Doyle
  • Robbie Sheehan
  • Bruce Reynolds
  • Marc Mallett
  • Bronagh Waugh