BUDDING YOUNG FILMMAKERS UNITE FOR CINEMAGIC INTERNATIONAL FILM CAMP ON CAUSEWAY COAST!
24 July 2012
17 young filmmakers from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Los Angeles have come together this week to make a short film as part of Cinemagic’s annual International Film Camp. The residential film camp, now in its third year, is taking place in the Corrymeela Centre in Ballycastle, Castleroe and Coleraine and the young people have just five days to produce the film.
The film camp participants, who have never met as a group before this week, will take on different roles in the process and will be mentored by industry professionals including, Director Michael Lennox (Hives, The Back of Beyond, Absence, Coming Up), Director of Photography, Ian Fox, (Night at the Museum II, The Incredible Hulk, Face/Off) who also worked as camera operator on The Amazing Spider-man and filmmaker Mark Jordan, who will workshop the young people in areas such as camera technique, on set-etiquette and story development.
Earlier in 2012, Cinemagic delivered its fifth festival in Dublin and its third series of festival events in Los Angeles, some taking place in Hamilton High School, where two of the young film camp participants attend, and Cinemagic has developed a strong relationship with the school community there.
Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “ With support from our funders we are delighted to be embarking on Cinemagic’s third international film camp and offer young filmmakers from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Los Angeles the chance to work together as a team to produce a short film. Not only will they learn practical filmmaking skills, but they will have the opportunity to work with people from different cultural backgrounds and this will help develop their inter-personal skills as well as a develop a deeper and new understanding of cultural difference.”
The Department of Education and Skills, Republic of Ireland, commented “The Department of Education and Skills is delighted to continue its support for Cinemagic Film and Television Festival in 2012. Since 2008, the festival in Dublin has provided a unique opportunity for children and young people to gain an insight into the world of film-making and to meet with industry professionals through participation in master classes and workshops. Cinemagic initiatives such as the cross-border jury, young film critic competitions and cross border film camp provide young people from both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland with unique opportunities to engage and interact with their peers from across the island and to share their interest and opinions on films produced specifically for children’s and teenage audiences.”
Judith Hamilton, Community Relations Council project officer, said “Cinemagic’s International Film Camp is a great opportunity for young people from different communities in Northern Ireland, and beyond, to engage with and learn from each other’s cultural experiences as part of a creative training programme. The interactive teamwork within a diverse cultural environment should produce greater respect and understanding of difference and reflect the values of tolerance and social inclusion.”
Filming of ‘The Mantle’ will take place in Ballycastle, Castleroe, Coleraine and the short film will be screened at Cinemagic events in Belfast, New York, Los Angeles and Dublin.
PRESS INFORMATION: Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press & Marketing Officer, Tel: 028 90 311 900