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Total Teen Takeover at QFT

This weekend (Friday 23rd November- Sunday 25th November) leading independent cinema QFT will hand over the keys to 15 teenagers from all over Northern Ireland who have programmed a series of films, workshops and events as part of the 3rd Takeover Film Festival. The weekend will feature film premieres, celebrity visits, music and animation workshops, a special effects make-up demonstration and every aspect of the event will be managed by this group of trusted teens!

Run by the QFT Youth Panel in association with the Coca –Cola Cinemagic Film and Television Festival, the Crescent Arts Centre, the Community Relations Council NI and Belfast City Council the weekend starts with a star studded event to mark the Northern Irish premiere of What Richard Did (Fri 23 Nov). This tale of teenage turmoil is the much anticipated new Irish Film directed by Lenny Abrahamson starring Irish actor Sam Keeley, from cult TV series Misfits, and rising Irish star Gavin Drea -both of whom will be attending the films premier at QFT.

Marion Campbell, Education Officer for QFT is looking forward to the weekend, “This is a great opportunity for young people to have a chance to experience what is involved with programming, planning and running an event like this and the weekend they have put together is fantastic. A talented group of teenagers and we are delighted to allow them to take over QFT for this weekend.”

The weekend also features the UK and Ireland premier of Radioman (Sat 24 Nov) with a special appearance by director Mary Kerr and producer Paul Fischer. The story of a former homeless man whose obsession with the movies made him a New York City legend, this documentary features interviews with George Clooney, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Robin Williams and more. It is a funny, heart-warming and insightful piece showing that the impossible is possible.

Joan Burney Keatings, Chief Executive of Cinemagic commented, “Cinemagic is delighted to be working in association with the Takeover Film Festival at Queen’s Film Theatre and Crescent Arts Centre. The young people involved have put so much work into programming their own festival and have shown fantastic skills in the areas of festival co-ordination and promotion. The initiative gives a great platform for young people to showcase their talent and be inspired through film. It is a great opportunity for all those involved and we encourage the young people of Belfast to support the film weekend and come along to the eclectic range of film events on offer.”

The Takeover team will also be presenting this generations’ most relatable and quotable films - Mean Girls (Fri 23 Nov) alongside two cinema classics –Psycho (Sun 25 Nov) and Cinema Paradiso (Sun 25 Nov). Plus a collection of free screenings of short films including The Crush - Oscar nominated short Irish film directed by Michael Creagh and Pitch Black Heist - starring Liam Cunningham and Michael Fassbender.

Belfast City Council is supporting the Takeover Festival and Alderman Christopher Stalford, Chairman of the Development Committee, said: “Belfast City Council is proud to be supporting the Takeover Film Festival, through our Community Festivals Fund. Although it is one of our ‘newer’ festivals, it has quickly established itself as a valuable addition to our annual programme of events and it is a tribute to the young people who have put so much hard work into developing this year’s exciting programme.”

The weekend is not just about film screenings and celebrities, there is also a series of master classes designed to introduce attendees to the many areas “behind the screen” in film-making that can offer great career opportunities. Special-effects make up demonstration with Holy Smith, a film-music master class from Bounce, an animation workshop from Claymation with animator Joel Simon - the list is endless. There is even the chance to dress up as your favourite movie star.

Takeover Film Festival runs from Friday 23rd November until Sunday 25th November at Queen’s Film Theatre. For more information or to book tickets visit


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