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Reach ‘Into Film’ Showcases Young Filmmaking Talent

Posted on 01st May 2014 | Cinemagic News

New films made by talented young people, aged 14-19, from different parts of Northern Ireland were premiered in Belfast at Queen’s Film Theatre recently as part of the Cinemagic and QFT Reach ‘Into Film’ Project.

The audience of local film and television professionals and the young filmmakers with their family and friends had the chance to watch the films and talk about their experience of the filmmaking process.

Cinemagic patron and actress, Bronagh Waugh, was a guest speaker at the event and along with actor Emmett Scanlan, presented the young people with certificates of achievement.

The project, supported by the BFI funded Into Film Outreach Programme, ran over six intensive days, and the young people had the chance to focus on developing a range of skills from understanding story structure as well as how to review and analyse films. The young filmmakers were given the opportunity to create two original short films from concept to screen and were assigned different roles such as writing, directing, acting, and producing.

Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings, said “The young people excelled during the film making project, having put what they learned in the pre-production phase into practice when faced with the challenge of creating two short films in a limited time frame. Not only did the young people develop practical filmmaking skills but they also developed self-confidence, communication, team-work and negotiation skills.”

The films will also be screened later in the year at the annual Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People in November.


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

Notes to Editors

About Into Film
Into Film is an education charity that seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and cultural experience.  Our ambitious UK-wide programme will provide 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development. We will achieve this by:
• Working with the education and informal youth sectors to support and promote learning through and about film
• Partnering with industry to enhance the appreciation and understanding of film
• Taking advantage of the learning solutions made possible by digital technology

Into Film incorporates the legacy of two leading film education charities, First Light and FILMCLUB, and will be working together with a range of partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Into Film is supported by the BFI, together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources.

Into Film is a trading name of Film Nation UK
Registered charity number 1154030
Registered Office: 31 Islington Green, London, N1 8DU

About the BFI
The BFI (British Film Institute) is investing £26m of Lottery funding over four years for Into Film to deliver a bold and visionary new film education programme, available to every 5-19 year-old and the 26,700 schools in the UK. The BFI's aim is to create a single unified programme for watching, making and learning about film in order to safeguard and boost future film audiences through learning and appreciation of film and stimulate a new generation of filmmakers and film talent.

The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
• Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
• Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
• Championing emerging and world class filmmakers in the UK
• Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
• Promoting British film and talent to the world
• Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences
The BFI is now a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role, which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:
• As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
• By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
• By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.

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