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Love/Hate Actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor Launches Dublin 12-25s Festival!

Posted on 17th March 2014 | Cinemagic News

Award winning Love/Hate actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor was in Dublin on Friday 14 March to launch the programme for the 2014 Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival. Young People, aged 12-25, can look forward to a fantastic feast of film events in April and May as the festival returns with its 7th Dublin festival programme.


Masterclasses and Public Film Programme 14-17 April

Education/Schools Programme 12-16 May

To mark the festival launch, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor took time out of his busy schedule to host a Q&A with Cinemagic participants at The LAB in Dublin, to give an insight to the world of acting and to share top tips on how to follow a career in the creative industries.Speaking at the programme launch Tom said "I am delighted to be able to spend time with the young people at Cinemagic, to give an insight to the world of acting and the processes involved in it. It is important to help educate young people about the roles and careers that exist in the creative industries and in doing so help nurture and develop new talent. The Cinemagic programme has a wealth of film and television related events which provide excellent opportunities for the young people of Dublin."

Other launch film events are being hosted in Cineworld, Axis Ballymun, and The Base Ballyfermot in partnership with Dublin City Council Arts Office.  The Festival programme offers an eclectic mix of masterclasses, films, educational workshops and film reviewing panels.

Details of the 2014 Cinemagic programme (for 12-25 year olds):

The Talent Lab Masterclass and Q&A series for 16-25 year olds will be hosted in Filmbase (14-16 April) and features film and television industry professionals such as Director Ian Fitzgibbon (Death of a Superhero, Moone Boy 2), Director Ben Kellett (BAFTA winning Mrs Brown’s Boys, The Armstrong and Miller Show), Oscar nominated and IFTA winning filmmaker and director, Steph Green (New Boy, Run & Jump), IFTA winning Director of Photography Seamus Deasy (The General, The Tiger’s Tail), Casting Director Louise Kiely, (What Richard Did, The Sea), and Presenter Aisling O’Loughlin (TV3 News, Xpose)

Alongside the masterclasses, Cineworld Cinemas will play host to a season of recent Irish made feature films that will be introduced by cast/crew (14-17 April). They include Death of a Superhero (Dir: Ian Fitzgibbon), Jump (Dir: Kieron J.Walsh), What Richard Did (Dir: Lenny Abrahamson) and The Sea (Dir: Stephen Brown).

In May, Budding film critics (aged 12-18) can further their skills by participating in the annual cross-border film jury panel ‘CineFocus’ in Filmbase, which offers young people the chance to watch a series of films and critically review them!

School workshops and special events in the education programme (12-16 May) 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 Online Journalism with Film Ireland, The Original Screenplay with The Writers Guild of Ireland, Filmmaking with Young Irish Filmmakers, Respect Creativity & Protect Copyright with The Industry Trust, Film Classification with IFCO, Science Fiction Genre Study with Euroscript, ‘Future’ Film Directing with The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, World War I and Film with History Live, Film and Folklore with Jack Lynch and Creative Writing with Fighting Words.

The ‘Industry Spotlight’ workshops feature  ‘Inside News’ at TV3, Special Effects Make-up with MFK Institute,  Animation with Oscar Nominated studio Cartoon Saloon and VFX with Academy and BAFTA award-winning Visual Effects studio Double Negative.

Northern Irish made and highly acclaimed film hit, Good Vibrations, will feature in the education programme with an introduction by BAFTA nominated screenwriters Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson. Young film fans will also have the chance to see Irish made family drama, Eliot & Me, and meet the film’s director, producer and young star Ella Connolly; and Director Johnny Gogan will lead a discussion after the screening of his film Black Ice, a story of youthful misadventure set in a border community against the backdrop of the Irish economic crash.

Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “With support from our funders and partners including the Department of Education and Skills, and Dublin City Council we are delighted to present our 7th festival for 12-25 year olds in venues across Dublin. Our programme has a vast 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 click HERE

For Teachers: How to book tickets for the schools/education programme: Various prices
Telephone Chris Shaw at the Cinemagic Office on +4428 90 311 900 or email chris@cinemagic.ie

How to apply for the Talent Lab Masterclasses (16-25 yr olds) Various prices
Book online at www.wegottickets.com / www.cinemagic.ie
Telephone Shauna Shivers at the Cinemagic Office on +4428 90 311 900 or email shauna@cinemagic.ie

How to register for ‘CineFocus’ cross border film jury (12-18 yr olds) €10/£10
Download registration form HERE

Telephone Claire Shaw at the Cinemagic Office on +4428 90 311 900 or email claire@cinemagic.ie

How to book Tickets for Public Film Programme (all ages based on film certificate) €6.90 per ticket
Cineworld Cinemas, Parnell St - Telephone 1520 880 444 or visit

Press Information: Gerry Lundberg / Sinead O’Doherty,   Gerry Lundberg Public Relations
t: +353 1 679 8476 / 086 259 1070 / 087 259 1070    e: pr@gerrylundbergpr.com

Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press & Marketing Officer  
t: +44 28 90 311 900/ + 447793025910 e: claire@cinemagic.ie

Notes to Editors: The Cinemagic Festival programme for under 12s will be launched separately and takes place from 7th-13th June

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