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Host of Film and Televison Professionals Launch 1st Cinemagic London Festival

Posted on 03rd April 2014 | Cinemagic News

A Host of Film and Television Industry Professionals Launch Inaugural Cinemagic London Festival

-Industry Masterclasses, Films, Q&A’s, and Film Education Programme for 4-25 year olds!

A host of film and television industry professionals united at the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, today to mark the launch of the inaugural programme for the Cinemagic London Film and Television Festival for Young People, aged 4-25.

Young people passionate about the world of film and television can look forward to a fantastic feast of events from 30th June-3rd July, taking place in BFI Southbank, Barbican, Cineworld Haymarket, Channel 4 and Fremantle Media.

Industry professionals who attended the launch reception sponsored by Tourism Ireland in association with Northern Irish Connections included TV and Radio Presenter, Dermot O’Leary (The X Factor, BBC Radio 2), Actress, Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey, Unforgiven), Film Music Supervisor, Maggie Rodford, (The King’s Speech, Anna Karenina) Film Producer, Gareth Ellis Unwin (The King’s Speech), Actress Niamh McGrady (The Fall, Holby City) and actor Paris Themmen (Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, Star Trek: Voyager).

300 School children from London schools attended a preview screening of Khumba- A Zebra’s Tale and a film classification workshop with BBFC.

Cinemagic is an award winning youth film and television charity festival, that embraces the magic of film, television and digital technologies to educate, motivate and inspire young people.

Established 25 years ago, Cinemagic has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in children's and youth programming. Designed for and by young people, Cinemagic caters for 4-25year olds with just about every level of interest in film, whether to watch and enjoy, create their own work or take things further and find out about a career in the industry.

The Talent Lab Masterclass and Q&A series for 16-25 year olds:
The programme features Casting with Ros and John Hubbard (The Commitments, Dracula Untold), TV and Radio Production with Dermot O’Leary (The X Factor, BBC Radio 2) and Radio Production with Ben Walker (BBC Radio 2), Directing with James Strong (Broadchurch, The Great Train Robbery) TV Presenting with Alex Brooker (The Last Leg, The Jump), Costume and Make-up Design with Susannah Buxton (Downton Abbey, Burton & Taylor) and Christine Blundell (Sherlock Holmes, Topsy Turvy), Film Production with Gareth Ellis-Unwin (The King’s Speech, Exam) and Jessica Malik (Zaytoun, Ghosted), Production Design with Donal Woods (Downton Abbey, My Week With Marilyn), Presentation and Production with Channel 4, TV Production with Mark Sidaway (The X Factor) and Music Video Production with Sony Music.

Film Education Programme for Schools:
School workshops and special events in the education programme will engage young people through moving image stimulate discussion about social issues and provide opportunities to learn from top film and television industry professionals.

Highlights include an Aardman Animations presentation, That’s Classified with the BBFC, Q&A with Julie Dawn Cole aka Veruca Salt and screening of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, Genre Study-The War Film with Euro Script, Q&A with Director Brian Percival and screening of The Book Thief, BAFTA Children’s: Behind The Scenes, VFX with Double Negative and online film journalism with Empire.

Cinemagic Stars:
Budding actors will get an insight to the world of musical theatre in a fun filled and fast paced acting workshop with Suranne Jones. Over the course of a day participants will perform scenes from a renowned film musical, before showcasing their new skills with a special performance during the Cinemagic London Showcase on the 3rd July!

Film Camp:
Aspiring filmmakers will have the opportunity to participate in a 3 day Film Camp, under the guidance of Cinemagic filmmakers, including Terry Bamber at which young people aged 16-21 will learn basic filmmaking techniques, screenwriting, directing and producing before creating their own film from concept to screen!

Cinemagic Closing Showcase:
The culmination of the festival will be marked with a celebratory event at which the achievements of young people will be recognised and talent from Cinemagic Stars musical theatre workshops and Film Camp will be showcased.

Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “With support from our funders and partners we are delighted to present our first festival for 4-25 year olds in London, one in a series of festival initiatives marking  Cinemagic’s 25th Anniversary. Our programme has an eclectic range of films from around the world and our comprehensive education programme and talent lab masterclasses will give young people a valuable insight into various film and television disciplines”.

To view the Cinemagic Festival Programme online visit www.cinemagic.org.uk

How to apply for the Talent Lab Masterclasses (Various prices)
Book online at www.wegottickets.com / * Please Note: To book tickets for Talent Lab - Hubbard Casting contact shauna@cinemagic.org.uk. Telephone Shauna Shivers at the Cinemagic Office on 028 90 311 900 or email shauna@cinemagic.org.uk

For Teachers: How to book tickets for the schools/education programme: (Various prices)

Events in Cineworld and BFI Southbank book online at www.wegottickets.com Alternatively please call the Cinemagic Office on 028 90 311 900 or email sean@cinemagic.org.uk

Events in Barbican email creative.learning@barbican.org.uk with the number of the cinema tickets you require (including adults and children), your school name and address, and a contact telephone number for the booker. You will be emailed with a confirmation if tickets are available.

How to apply for the Film Camp
Please call the Cinemagic Office on Tel: 028 903 11900 or email: shauna@cinemagic.org.uk (Places £40.00)

How to apply for Cinemagic Stars
Please call the Cinemagic Office on Tel: 02890311900 or email laura@cinemagic.org.uk (Places £5.00)

Press Information:
Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press & Marketing Officer  
t: 028 28 90 311 900/ 07793025910 e: claire@cinemagic.org.uk

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