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Festival Magic Returns 17th-28th November!

Posted on 17th November 2014 | Cinemagic News

The action packed 25th anniversary programme (17th -28th November) includes 15 special film premieres, cult classic films, the CineFocus film jury, film & television masterclasses, film education workshops and filmmaking competitions for 12-25 year olds!

Top names involved from the world of film and television include film critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode, who will celebrate his 10th anniversary ‘Cinemagic Mark Kermode Film Night’ with a Q&A event and screening of the romantic fantasy A Matter of Life and Death, and Grammy and Emmy Award winning film composer, David Arnold, best known for scoring five James Bond films, Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla and the television series Little Britain and Sherlock. David will host a Film & TV Music Q&A for students followed by the award winning film drama Made in Dagenham!

The eclectic world cinema programme opens in Odyssey Cinemas on 17th November with the UK Premiere of animated drama Jack and The Cuckoo-Clock Heart. This stunning animated adventure, based on Mathias Malzieu’s best-selling book,  follows young Jack as he embarks on life with a strange infliction, born with a frozen heart a cuckoo-clock must be used as a replacement ticker! Although everything seems to be working fine, Jack must observe three golden rules! First he must never touch the hands of his clock. Secondly, he must control his anger. And last, but certainly not least, he must never, ever fall in love! Embracing Burton-esque gothic imagery and introducing viewers to many weird and wonderful characters, Malzieu’s delightful imagination is brought to life in this gorgeous animated tale.

The festival will also host the Northern Ireland Premiere of Paddington (Studio Canal), the first live action film inspired by Michael Bond’s best selling books , starring Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, and Nicole Kidman.

Young people will have the opportunity to visit more than 18 countries from the comfort of their cinema seats by participating in the annual film jury ‘CineFocus’. The jury will watch, review and critique a series of in-competition films from around the world , from Belgium, France, Canada, Germany, Slovenia, to Iceland, Spain and the USA before deciding on the winning films, which will be announced at the festival’s closing night showcase on 28th November. The programme section World Adventures and Fantasy Tales in Odyssey Cinemas will introduce cinema-goers to Santa’s talking Moose (A Christmoose Story), a group of young German time-travellers (Mission: Sputnik) a Dutch Ghosthunter (Bobby and the Ghosthunters) and the beautiful wild stallion Windstorm (Windstorm).

Queen’s Film Theatre will be home to the 15+ programme of film screenings including the programme sections Growing Pains and A Disillusioned Youth. The festival welcomes French director, Christophe Cousin, to Belfast to introduce the UK Premiere of his coming of age drama False Movement. A touching tale of one young boys struggle with acceptance, isolation and grief as he travels from his family home in France to make a new life with his mother in Canada after the death of his father. Violet (UK Premiere), The Good Life (UK Premiere) and Class Enemy (Irish Premiere), Slovenia’s official Academy Award entry, make up the 2014 ‘Growing Pains’ programme.

The ‘A Disillusioned Youth’ programme opens with the Northern Ireland Premiere of Edward Berger and Nele Mueller-Stofen’s powerful urban based drama Jack. This is a sensitive, compassionate and engaging unsentimental portrait of two boys and their brutal plight as they search for their mother through the unforgiving streets of Berlin. From the urban landscape of Jack cinema-goers will be transported to the stark wilds of rural Iceland for the power Metalhead. This no holds barred Scandinavian epic will have audiences speechless at the remarkable breakout performance by actress Thora Bjorg Helga and wanting to shout and yell to the exhilarating classic sounds of Megadeath and Judas Priest!

From the USA, the UK Premiere of Beneath the Harvest Sky is an intimate portrait of two teenage best friends as they take tragically different paths to realise their dream of making it to the big city! This is a remarkable feature debut for documentary filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly and starring Irish actor Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones). ‘A Disillusioned Youth’ will close with the UK Premiere of Spanish language drama Arctic, a vivid portrait of adolescent struggle in Spain at the height of the economic crisis, and the lead actress, Deborah Borges, will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.

The silver screen will come alive with the 'Rewind' programme of six ‘totally awesome’, teen scream & monster mash’  classics returning to enlighten young audiences. Festival goers will enjoy a 25th Anniversary screening of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Wayne’s World, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a 40th Anniversary screening of  classic comedy masterpiece, Young Frankenstein, Big Trouble in Little China and Lord of the Flies.

Creativity Corner includes workshops for young writers and filmmakers with director Charles Harris and animation filmmaker Joel Simon. Young Filmmakers will take centre stage at the three AES Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Showcase events and Cinemagic will be closing the film programme with a special screening of all the short films produced in 2014 during Cinemagic Film Camps and Outreach Projects.

A full education programme of screenings and events for secondary schools and college students will be running alongside the public film programme.Highlights include the Irish Premiere of Leave to Remain with an introduction and Q&A with BAFTA winning director Bruce Goodison, Emmy Award Winning Music Composer David Arnold (Skyfall, Independence Day, Stargate, Sherlock) will visit for a special Q&A looking at Music for Film, a unique Genre Study workshop will focus on ‘Nordic Noir’ crime fiction for TV and cinema and the BBFC will be returning for their annual talk on film classification before a screening of Captain Phillips.

Other highlights include Pitch that Brief, Animation with Cartoon Saloon, Special Effects Make-up, Future Storyteller, Stopmotion with Flickerpix Animations, News and Current Affairs Broadcasting, History Live!, Children & War Short Film Showcase, Glortha Aduaidh, Genre Study – The War Film, Animated Antics and the 'Jury’s Out! 'Short Film Competition.

Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive said: “With support from our funders and sponsors we are delighted to present our Festival for 12-25 yr olds in Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland. Our film programme has a vast range of films from around the world and our comprehensive education and workshop programme will give young people an 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.”

The Cinemagic Festival is funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL, Belfast City Council, NITB, and DSD.

For more information and booking details telephone 02890 311900.

Tickets for the public film programme can be purchased online at www.wegottickets.com or at participating cinemas, Odyssey Cinemas, www.odysseycinemas.co.uk (028 90739134) and Queen's Film Theatre www.queensfilmtheatre.com (02890971097)

Please note tickets for the Mark Kermode Film Night and the NI Premiere of Paddington are sold out.


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

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