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Young Filmmaking Talent Set For LA Festival

Posted on 27th February 2014 |

Young filmmaking talent from Northern Ireland will be celebrated at the 5th Cinemagic LA Film and Television Festival for Young People, from March 2nd-11th. Cinemagic is a festival that embraces the magic of film and television to educate, motivate and inspire young people, aged 4 – 25, from all types of backgrounds through screenings, workshops, industry masterclasses and filmmaking projects. 

Cinemagic Los Angeles will engage with young people from Northern Ireland and Los Angeles over 10 days of festival activity which boasts a wide programme of events such as industry masterclasses, Q&A’s, and studio tours. Young people will 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.

A host of film, television and entertainment industry professionals have lent their support to the annual Festival and the young people involved will showcase their achievements at a special VIP event the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows, Santa Monica, at which industry guests will be in attendance.

The young people from Northern Ireland representing Cinemagic in Los Angeles are Rebecca Kelly (21) from Newry, Daniel Crowe (18) from Bangor, Lori Brown (19) from Larne, Niamh Brennan (18) from Dunmurry, Rachel Carvill (16) from Belfast, Rebekah Davis (21) from Ballynahinch and Rory Maguire (17) from Derry. They participated in Cinemagic’s International Film Camp last year and produced a short film entitled ‘Punch’ over the course of a week.

A Q&A with the industry professionals on March 10th will feature 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 will give an insight to working in the film and television business.

Cinemagic’s workshops will take place in a number of schools, film and television organisations and the Hotel Shangri-La will play host to the annual acting and musical theatre workshop.

Liam Neeson, Cinemagic patron said “It’s an honour to be patron of Cinemagic worldwide. Cinemagic impacts on individuals and communities on so many levels, educationally, socially and vocationally. What started as a children’s film festival, has blossomed into an outlet for creativity and an inlet for the creative industries, touching young people from all backgrounds in a very unique and inspiring way, transforming countless lives along the way.”

Pierce Brosnan, Cinemagic patron said “Cinemagic offers a unique educational experience to students who might otherwise not receive the chance to learn about the entertainment industry. If you want to write, direct, produce, be in movies, be part of this wonderful world of media, then you have a home at Cinemagic"

Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic CEO said “With the support of our funders we are proud to present our 5th Cinemagic Los Angeles Film Festival. The industry partners have come on board to share their knowledge and skills with young people and this interaction provides vital encouragement for young people, inspiring and motivating them.

The Cinemagic Festival gives young people the opportunity to work with others from different cultural backgrounds and to create new channels of communication through the medium of film. The workshops help develop not only the young people’s film making skills but also their inter-personal skills, and the overall process of film viewing contributes to a deeper understanding of cultural difference.”

 Carál Ní Chuilín, Arts Minister, commented “The work being done by Cinemagic in Ireland and internationally continues to provide young people with fantastic experiences. It also demonstrates the innovation and determination of the Cinemagic team to position themselves at the forefront of creativity on an international stage. Congratulations to all involved."

Matthew Rudnick, Interim General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs said, “We are delighted to be supporting the Cinemagic Los Angeles Festival once again since it provides a valuable opportunity for young people from all backgrounds to actively engage with the film and television industry. The Festival inspires these emerging artists through a range of master classes and film screenings giving a diverse group talented youth a way to further deepen their cultural awareness and understanding of the world around them."

For more information on Cinemagic visit www.cinemagic.org.uk

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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