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Cinemagic Funding Cuts Call to Action

Posted on 09th December 2014 | Cinemagic News

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival Belfast has been asked to prepare for funding cuts of up to 50% in 2015 from The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) administered through Northern Ireland Screen, as part of the 2015/16 Northern Ireland Executive Draft Budget.

Thousands of young people, educators and families across Northern Ireland have been inspired by the work of Cinemagic over the last 25 years and most recently during the autumn festival programmes and film projects.

The proposed cuts will have a considerable impact on the unique and invaluable opportunities the festival is able to deliver for young people from all backgrounds across Northern Ireland.

Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic Chief Executive saidThe impact of the proposed 50% funding cuts will be far reaching with a minimum of 20,000- 40,000 young people being affected. Cinemagic would have to dramatically reduce the scope and scale of its work including its exhibition activity, education, outreach and community programmes, events for young filmmakers, After School Film Clubs, masterclasses and workshops all of which are an invaluable resource to young people and educators and target social need.

The creative industries in Northern Ireland are currently being celebrated on a world stage and the proposed funding cuts will threaten Cinemagic’s role in enabling young people to engage with and experience film and film culture. Cinemagic is a key vehicle in educating, inspiring and motivating young people, providing skills-based opportunities that are transferrable in the classroom and the future workplace, and providing specific opportunities for those wishing to learn about or forge a career in the film and television industry”.

The announcement of the Draft Budget marked the commencement of a public consultation period, the closing date for which is 29 December 2014. 

A copy of the Executive’s ‘Draft Budget 2015-16’ can be accessed on the website by clicking here:

Cinemagic urges all of its beneficiaries to make submissions to:


Or click here to submit your comments



Press Information: Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press & Marketing Officer
028 90 311 900 /  Claire@cinemagic.org.uk

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