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Cinemagic ‘Reel Frontiers’

May 2011

Cinemagic ‘Reel Frontiers’ film project was supported by the International Fund for Ireland, Sharing in Education Programme, and ran for two years, from 2011-2013. The initiative engaged with over 1000 young people, aged 11-13 years old, from 20 schools across Northern Ireland. Over the two years , a total of eight short films were made by young people under the guidance of professional filmmakers.

Danielle Quinn, Teacher From Little Flower Girls School

“Reel Frontiers was a very enjoyable and worthwhile experience for all pupils involved.  Not only was it educational and complimented the curriculum but it also helped to address the issue of peace and reconciliation in a youth friendly and interactive manner.  It was a life changing experience for my pupils especially those who attended the film camp.  They thoroughly enjoyed it and it was lovely to watch their self-confidence and belief in themselves flourish over the two years.  Furthermore, many of my pupils have kept in contact with the pupils from our partner school which I feel highlights the positive impact the project has had on the lives of the young people involved. Many of my pupils are keen to pursue a career in the film making industry and thus they gained an invaluable insight to the world of film making from various different angles.

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The ground breaking film project brought together pupils from Catholic and Protestant backgrounds to work together on a common goal, discuss issues around peace and reconciliation, learn about filmmaking and production, share experiences and make new friends. The young people participated in cross-community film camps in each of their local schools and participated in residential film camps at Lorne House in Holywood. The films examine important issues such as cultural identity and diversity. The ultimate aim of initiative was to promote understanding between the different communities and traditions in Northern Ireland. The films have been screened at Cinemagic Belfast and Cinemagic LA.

To view the gallery for this project click here http://www.cinemagic.org.uk/gallery/reel-frontiers-showcase-2013 & http://www.cinemagic.org.uk/gallery/cinemagic-reel-frontiers

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