The Coca-Cola Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People welcomed a host of film industry professionals and special guests, including Oscar® nominated actress, Saoirse Ronan, to the annual Cinemagic Gala Awards Ceremony, in Belfast City Hall, last night. Young people were treated to performances by former X-Factor duo, Jedward, and a unique musical piece from 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) were joined by young people who participated in Cinemagic’s 2012 activities. The festival, funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL, celebrated 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 culminated with a cinematic celebration for young people. Saoirse Ronan received Cinemagic’s annual award presented to an inspirational film industry professional, and she said she was “inspired tonight at the wealth of young filmmaking talent in the room.”
The winning films of the festival were announced by a panel of 20 young people, who watched and reviewed the ‘in competition’ films over the festival period. Babygirl, directed by Macdara Vallely won Best Feature Film judged by a panel of 15-18 year olds, Lessons of a Dream, directed by Sabastian Grobler won Best Feature Film judged by a panel of 12-14 year olds, and Alfie, the Little Werewolf, directed by Joram Lursen won Best Feature Film judged by a panel of 8-11 year olds.
7 filmmakers were announced as the winners in the annual Cinemagic ‘Young Filmmaker Competition’, supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. The winners were:
BEST FILM UNDER 15
POINTLESS PANCAKES by JOSH BAKER, ROCHESTER
BEST FILM 15 – 17
CODY by LEO MCGUIGAN, BELFAST
BEST FILM 18 – 25
SOLE by JAK MADDEN, NEWRY
MIDKNIGHT by ELLAN RANKIN, NEWTOWNABBEY
HAPPY FAMILY by HUGH NOONAN, KILLINEY, CO DUBLIN
BEST GENRE FILM
ERADICATE by WILLIAM MCGREGOR, LONDON
BEST COMMUNITY FILM
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? by PINEWOOD TRAINING, LIVERPOOL
15 young people, aged 16-25 were recognised for their achievements in the ‘Talent Lab’ masterclasses and a special award was presented to the Northern Ireland FILMCLUB of the year, Carr’s Glen Primary School, Belfast.
The Talent Lab winners were:
- Directing with Brian Kirk- Will McGregor
- Production with Terry Bamber- Rebecca Kelly
- Directing and Writing with Aisling Walsh- Ray Mullen
- Casting with John and Ros Hubbard- Libby Russell
- Costume Design with Michael O’Connor- Orla Marley
- Acting with Larry Lamb- Sarah Agha
- Acting with Martin McCann- Aoife Wade
- Production Design with Tom McCullough- Jamie Devlin
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.”
Junior Minister Jennifer McCann said "I commend Cinemagic on the excellent work they are doing to inspire, educate and open up to our young people the world of film and television. Our local economy has received a significant boost from the film and television industry in recent years with high profile series such as the Game of Thrones being filmed here. I am confident that with organisations like Cinemagic nurturing our local talent this sector can continue to grow and develop."
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. 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.”
Susie McCullough, Director of Marketing and Events, Northern Ireland Tourist Board commented, “We are delighted to continue our support of Cinemagic this year. The offering of a fantastic range of cinema and associated events aimed at families and young people which is great value for money, is a wonderful draw for visitors to Belfast and Northern Ireland. The festival is innovative and will not only bring colour to Belfast but will help generate a “feel good” factor for all to enjoy.”
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.