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Saoirse Ronan Launches Cinemagic Dublin NPAS Industry Film Academy

Posted on 30th March 2015 | Cinemagic News

Oscar-nominated actress and Cinemagic patron, Saoirse Ronan launches inaugural NPAS and Cinemagic Industry Film Academy for 12-18 year olds as part of Cinemagic Dublin 2015

Cinemagic and NPAS are joining forces for the inaugural ‘Industry Film Academy’ this July. The launch of the academy was marked with a special Q&A with Oscar nominated actress Saoirse Ronan. The Academy is a week-long creative workshop where young people learn all about what goes into making a movie, from writing their script to attending their movie premiere screening. Every aspect of the film making process will be covered, from script analysis to shot lists and from costuming to directing. Each of the departments will be manned by 12-18 year olds with highly qualified industry professionals taking on the roles of mentors and advisors. The young people will also be given the opportunity to attend Talent Lab Q&A’s with visiting, industry guests who work in the world of film and television such as Ben Kellett, Director of 'Mrs Brown's Boys'.

The young people will gain skills in directing, camera operation, editing, animation, scriptwriting, creating Special FX and many more. Whilst boosting creativity, confidence, team-working and social skills, the young filmmakers also produce their own short movie which will premiere at the Cinemagic Festivals worldwide. Filmmaking Making Mentors include Oscar Nominated and BAFTA winning Director Michael Lennox (Boogaloo and Graham, A Patch of Fog) and Filmmaker Patrick Maxwell.

Saoirse Ronan said “The work that Cinemagic does to nurture young film talent and provide hands-on industry experience is invaluable. Young people get the chance to learn new skills and develop their creativity in a fun and educational environment. This year’s industry film academy and the festival will provide a unique insight to the world of film and I encourage young people to get involved.”

The Cinemagic Dublin Festival May Programme is action packed with film events for 4-25 year olds.

May Programme: for 4-25 year olds

Over 13 days this May young people under 25 years of age will have the opportunity to view the best in world cinema and learn what life is really like working behind or in front of a camera. For the past 8 years Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival has given young people in Dublin the chance to immerse themselves in the world of TV and film culture and to learn from some of the industry’s most established names. Today full details for the 2015 Cinemagic programme were announced. The 2015 Festival is divided into a junior and senior programme with events for under 12s running from 8- 16 May and for ages 12 – 25 running from 5 – 17 May across the city.

PUBLIC SCREENINGS: a chance to view the very best in world cinema for young people
The family and teen film programme (in Cineworld) gives you the chance to enjoy world cinema on the big screen, with offerings from Japan, Latvia, South Korea, Finland and France to name but a few! Sit back and enjoy Fantasia, Patema Inverted, The Golden Horse, The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow, Moomins on the Riviera, The Finishers, Beatles, Boy 7 and Danny’s Doomsday.

MASTERCLASSES: talent lab where young people can question and get tips from leading industry names.This strand of the Festival (in The Lab) is always hugely popular as young people are given the chance to question and learn from industry experts and those who have made their names in film and TV. From actors, writers, casting agents, directors and many more, these workshops give the young people the opportunity to learn from others experiences.

The 16-25 year old masterclasses will include:
Casting with Louise Kiely  
Directing and script writing with Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney

The Junior Talent Lab for ages 8-11 will include:
Voice acting with Marc Silk
Introduction to App and Game development with Benjamin Donoghue
Animate with Lego with Joel Simon.

THE FESTIVAL JURY: view and critique films
Cinemagic works to inspire the next generation of film audiences both to enjoy and to critique film. Registration is now open to be part of the junior (Cineseekers age 8-11) and senior (Cinefocus age 12-18) film juries. Young People will get to view films from around the world, take part in review workshops, meet and learn from professional film critics and  make lots of new friends in the process.

EDUCATION PROGRAMME: film education events

The Festival is delighted to present an exciting education programme which helps to inspire young people and stimulate discussion with practical opportunities to learn new skills. There is something for everyone including:

Nursery programme – where the big screen comes to nurseries for the morning introducing children to the wonder of film and TV through a series of short films and TV episodes.

Secondary schools programme which includes, Directing and writing for film with John Butler, The Legend of Longwood director Q&A with Lisa Mulcahy, Creative writing with Fighting Words, VFX in film with Windmill Lane, Animation with Cartoon Saloon, Production Design with Tom Conroy, Robot Overlords director’s Q&A with Jon Wright, An Introduction to French Cinema, Lovemovies.ie Craft & Graft workshop, App Development and Coding with Dan O’Reilly, Special Effects Make Up in Film with MKF Institute, Film and Television directing with Neasa Hardiman, Animated Antics secondary school short film screenings and Make A Movie In a Day.

Primary schools programme which includes, Super Hero Early Years Drama classes with Emma Coogan, Animation with Cartoon Saloon, Aardman animations presentation with Jim Parkyn, Lovemovies.ie Craft and Graft workshop, Voice acting workshops with Marc Silk, History Live workshop: The Vikings, Zara World TV Production Q&A, Folklore and Fairy tales with author Nigel McDowell and Make a Movie in a Day with Young Irish filmmakers.
Cinemagic Dublin is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and supported by Cineworld, Filmbase, The Lab, NPAS.

Cinemagic is an award winning festival that embraces the magic of film, television and digital technologies to educate, motivate and inspire young people and counts among their patrons Dermot O’Leary, Saoirse Ronan, Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Patrick Bergin, Brian Cox, Suranne Jones, Julian Fellowes, Terry George, John & Ros Hubbard,

Full details can be found on the calendar of events on the website.

Public Film programme:  Cineworld 1520 880 444 / www.cineworld.ie   Booking open from 6 April.

Masterclasses: www.wegottickets.com  Booking open from 23 March

Junior talent lab: 048 903 11900 / claire@cinemagic.ie  Booking open now

Cineseekers junior festival jury or Cinefocus senior festival jury: 048 903 11900 / claire@cinemagic.ie  Booking open now

Education programme / workshops: 048 903 11900 / chris@cinegmaic.ie  Booking open now

Cinemagic and NPAS Industry Film Academy: Contact info@npas.ie or +353 1 8944660 for further information



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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