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Cinemagic Awards mark young people's success

The Coca-Cola Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People will welcome a host of industry professionals and special guests, including Oscar® nominated actress, Saoirse Ronan, to the annual Cinemagic Gala Awards Ceremony, in Belfast City Hall, on Thursday 29th November. Young people are in for a treat with performances by Jedward and a selection of young vocalists mentored by highly acclaimed conductor Dominic Peckham.

Along with Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones), industry professionals including Oscar® winning costume designer Michael O’Connor (The Duchess, The Last King of Scotland), Armagh born director, Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire), film production manager, Terry Bamber (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Skyfall), Belfast actor Martin McCann (Killing Bono, Whole Lotta Sole) and Coleraine born actress Jayne Wisener (Sweeney Todd, 6 Degrees) will be joined by young people who have participated in Cinemagic’s 2012 activities. The festival, funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL, will celebrate the winning films of the Festival, young talent from masterclasses and the achievements of young filmmakers supported by Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

After two festivals action packed with the very best film screenings from around the world, educational workshops, masterclasses, and industry discussions, Cinemagic 2012 culminates with a celebration for young people. Saoirse Ronan will receive Cinemagic’s annual award presented to an inspirational film industry professional. An exclusive Q&A with Saoirse Ronan, for aspiring young actors, aged 12-25 will take place on Friday 30th November in Belfast Met, Titanic Quarter Campus and they can be reserved by contacting the Cinemagic office, 028 90 311 900.

The winning films of the festival will be announced by a panel of 20 young people, who watched and reviewed the ‘in competition’ films over the festival period, 7 filmmakers will be announced as the winners in the annual Cinemagic ‘Young Filmmaker Competition’, supported by Northern Irish Tourist Board, 15 young people, aged 16-25 will be recognized for their achievements in the ‘Talent Lab’ masterclasses and a special award will be presented to the Northern Ireland FILMCLUB of the year.

Jedward, looking ahead to the performance of their latest single ‘Luminous’ said “We are delighted to be performing at the Coca-Cola Cinemagic Film and Television Festival Gala Awards ceremony on 29th November, in Belfast City Hall. We will be there to celebrate along with the Festival, the wealth of young creative talent across all areas of filmmaking and recognise the many achievements from young people over the past year.”

Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “The 2012 Cinemagic Film and Television Festival activity has been a huge success. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and thanks to those who have given their time to share their skills with young people. We are delighted to have engaged with thousands of young people this year, inspiring and motivating them through the medium of film and television.

Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen said “Northern Ireland Screen is delighted to see the eclectic programme of screenings and educational events at the Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast this year for the young people of Northern Ireland. Through our continued core funding, supported by DCAL, Northern Ireland Screen acknowledges the Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast as a key component in our efforts to achieve our goal of making a significant contribution to film culture, education and training. We send our sincerest good wishes to Joan and her team for another successful festival.”

Gillian Shields, PR Executive, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland Ltd, said “Coca-Cola is proud to sponsor the 12-25 year olds Cinemagic Festival Programme and to support the valuable work it does once again this year. This year’s festival provided participants with the opportunity to gain exciting and practical experience in many arts based disciplines, giving a unique insight into the world of film and television and showcasing the many and varied talents in Northern Ireland.”

Alderman Christopher Stalford, Chair, Belfast City Council Development Committee said ‘Belfast City Council is proud to support Cinemagic as one of our most prolific local arts festivals, focusing on young people and their endeavours in the world of film and screen. We have supported Cinemagic for many years now and have watched them grow, develop, win awards, and achieve international recognition. They are known to do great work within communities and have been inspirational to many young people, benefitting from connections with industry professionals, and appointing peer educators as young film consultants."

Eddie Rowan, Events Manager at the Northern Ireland Tourist Board said, “We are delighted to support Cinemagic again in 2012. It has become an event which is known locally, nationally and internationally, showcasing Northern Ireland as a destination for not only our local residents, but also for our out of state visitors. There is tremendous potential for the tourism industry here to significantly contribute to economic growth and project a positive image of Northern Ireland to the rest of the world. Cinemagic will help turn this potential into a reality.”

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People is funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL, and Belfast City Council, Northern Ireland Tourist Board and DSD.

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