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Filmmaking achievements celebrated at Cinemagic BFI Film Academy Showcase

Posted on 09th April 2015 | Cinemagic News

New films made by 19 talented filmmakers, aged 16-19, from Northern Ireland were premiered in Belfast recently as part of the BFI Film Academy programme delivered by Cinemagic.

The audience of local film professionals and the young filmmakers with their family and friends had the chance to watch the young people’s films which premiered at the event and ask questions about the film industry.
BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated short film director, Michael Lennox (Boogaloo and Graham), filmmaker Ryan Tohill, casting director Georgia Simpson and Alison Crinion from Irish Industry Trust for IP Awareness were among the invited industry guests on hand to talk to the young people about their careers at a showcase event at Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast.

The BFI Film Academy initiative in partnership with Cinemagic, equipped young filmmakers, passionate about film, with the knowledge, skills, insight, confidence and practical training to help lay strong foundations for their pursuit of a career in the film industry. As part of the training programme, the participants were allocated time to make a short film from concept to screen as well as taking part in the Cinemagic Festival, masterclasses and Q&A sessions in various film disciplines from the history of film, story development, directing and producing to film criticism, film finance and marketing and distribution.

Industry professionals who shared their skills and experiences with the young people throughout the project from September 2014 included Gareth Ellis Unwin, Jessica Malik,  Terry Bamber, Leon Mc Geown-Fee, Brian Henry Martin, Michael Lennox, Patrick Maxwell, and Jonny Keatings. Representatives from Queen’s University, the National Film and Television School, (NFTS) the University of Ulster and Skillset also worked with the young people informing them about further opportunities in the creative industries and further learning.

One of the participants, Beth Trinder (17) from Lisburn has been selected to attend the NFTS Craft Residential which will take place in London.

Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings MBE said “This initiative allowed Cinemagic to educate, motivate and inspire a new generation of film industry talent from Northern Ireland and we were delighted to engage with young people from all backgrounds to give them an invaluable opportunity to develop their skills. The young people’s dedication and enthusiasm is commendable and I congratulate everyone on their achievements.”

The BFI Film Academy in Northern Ireland is an innovative course hosted by the Nerve Centre, the AMMA Centre in Armagh, Nerve Belfast and Cinemagic.


Press Information: Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press & Marketing Officer

Tel: 028 90 311 900   Email:  claire@cinemagic.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

The BFI Film Academy
The BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality.

The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture in the round.

The BFI Film Academy forms a key part of the BFI’s ambitious plans to revolutionise film education for 5-19 year olds, a core aim of the BFI’s Film Forever five year plan to support the future success of UK film. Film Academy funding partners include the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen. Strategic partners include BAFTA, Pinewood Studios and Creative Skillset, helping to ensure the Academy is a gold standard film industry-focused educational programme.


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