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First Minister and Deputy First Minister Congratulate Cinemagic Young Talent in LA

Posted on 11th March 2014 | Cinemagic News

First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D. Robinson MLA and the deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA have attended an event showcasing the work of young people participating in the Cinemagic festival in Los Angeles.

Young filmmaking talent from Northern Ireland celebrated at the 5th Cinemagic LA Film and Television Festival for Young People.


Speaking at the event the First Minister Peter Robinson said: "The Northern Ireland Executive has invested in our creative industries sector to ensure we have the people and the infrastructure to produce world class productions.


"Northern Ireland's creative industries sector is continuing to grow at a remarkable pace creating employment opportunities for hundreds of people and generating millions of pounds in our local economy. The creative skills and experiences our young people gain through Cinemagic and working with industry experts leaves them well placed to follow their chosen career.
"Working in Belfast, Dublin, England, France, and the US Cinemagic is truly a global success. Cinemagic plays a vital role developing our young people by providing opportunities for both personal and professional development.


"I commend Cinemagic's CEO Joan Burney Keatings and all the Cinemagic staff for their hard work which has resulted in young people from Northern Ireland having the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents."


The 5th Cinemagic festival is a celebration of the magic of film and television to educate, motivate and inspire young people, aged 4 - 25, from all backgrounds through screenings, workshops, industry master classes and filmmaking projects.


The deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: "Large scale productions in the north of Ireland like HBO's Game of Thrones and Hollywood films like Dracula confirm our global appeal as a filming location.


"Cinemagic provides valuable opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to engage with the film and television industry. The Cinemagic festival will inspire and motivate our young people to get involved in the creative industry. Working with people from different backgrounds develops our young people's creative and social skills. Cinemagic through their work initiate conversations between young people and relationships are formed that will contribute towards building a united community.


"I thank Cinemagic for their foresight and hard work which has resulted in over half a million children and young people having the opportunity to get involved, take on responsibility and build their confidence."


During the festival young people will screen a short film that they made in Belfast last year at the Cinemagic International Film Camp and get insights into organisations such as The Jim Henson Company, HBO, Walt Disney Animation Studios, 20th Century Fox, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, New York Film Academy, Aero Film, Creative Visions Foundation.


Some of the young people involved include Rebecca Kelly from Newry, Daniel Crowe from Bangor, Lori Brown from Larne, Niamh Brennan from Dunmurry, Rachel Carvill from East Belfast, Rebekah Jane Davis from Ballynahinch, Rory Maguire from Derry and Kyle Plunkett from NYC.


A Q&A for the young people with the industry professionals on March 10th featured filmmaker Ian Fox (Saving Mr. Banks, The Amazing Spider-Man), actor Fred Willard (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, WALL.E), Northern Ireland- born, Oscar-nominated sound mixer, Peter J. Devlin (Star Trek, Iron Man 3), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland)  and HBO Executive producer, Bernadette Caulfield (Game of Thrones, The Good Wife) who gave an insight to working in the film and television business. Other notable guests from the creative industries included actress Courteney Cox, Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and Johnny McDaid, Glee's Damian McGinty and young actress Emma Fuhrmann.

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  • 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
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