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March 2014

45 school children from Finaghy Primary School and Scoil an Droichid had a flavour of the movie making industry this month having participated in their very own film production.

Lucille Ewing, Development and Training Officer at Ulster Wildlife

Working with Cinemagic, bringing pupils back to visit their local park to make a documentary has been a great opportunity, especially for the children but also for the schools and the ParkLife project!  It's great to see children having fun outdoors and capturing this on camera will hopefully inspire lots more children, parents and teachers to get out there and enjoy their local green space!

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Under the guidance of Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People with support from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) Challenge Fund, the pupils created two short films, made in Ormeau Park and Woodvale Park, Belfast, aimed at highlighting the importance of nature and the environment.The project was assisted by ParkLife, an engagement initiative run in partnership by Ulster Wildlife and Belfast City Council to help local people get outdoors and explore nature in Belfast's parks.The young people spent three days on each film, getting the opportunity to explore nature and the filmmaking process from concept to screen. Cinemagic and Ulster Wildlife visited the schools as part of the production and the young filmmakers created storyboards for the film and examined topics that they wanted to feature.The films will be showcased at a local cinema as well as screened at the 2014 Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People in October.

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