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Cinemagic ‘HOME’ Filmmaking opportunity for 12-25yr olds launched in partnership with Future Screens NI

Date Posted: July 6, 2020

Young creatives aged 12-25 are being sought for the Cinemagic and Future Screens NI Filmmaking initiative ‘HOME’, which will take place online from July-October 2020. In light of the covid-19 pandemic, Cinemagic wishes to give a platform to young people to share their experiences of life spent at home during lockdown. The initiative will be delivered in three phases including learning about the discipline of filmmaking from industry professionals, practical filmmaking, and film exhibition as part of the Cinemagic Online Film Festival in October. The opportunity will equip young people with insight and knowledge about the world of film and filmmaking and it will enable participants to take what they have learned and put their skills and talent into practice, culminating in a celebratory event to mark their achievements.

Cinemagic CEO, Joan Burney Keatings MBE commented: “We can’t wait to get started on the ‘HOME’ filmmaking project in partnership with Future Screens NI. The partnership will enable Cinemagic to inspire and educate young people through the vehicle of filmmaking.

“We will offer special training and skills development to a group of young creatives to ignite ideas and help them turn their ideas into short films on their interpretation of the theme of ‘Home’. The theme has been chosen as the population has spent more time in their homes over the last three months because of the covid-19 pandemic and we want to provide an outlet to tell young people’s stories and share their individual experiences through moving image. These original productions will be screened in-competition and celebrated at this year’s Belfast Cinemagic Film Festival in the autumn and showcased at Cinemagic festival events in 2021.”

Director of Future Screens NI, Professor Paul Moore added: “The importance of the work which Cinemagic does for young people and the film industry is well known and recognised. This creative and skills-based work becomes even more important in a time where the digital industries can play a major role in rethinking how young people can be enabled to learn and develop talents which will facilitate entry into the moving image professions. It is a privilege to be able to support this work and partner with Cinemagic and the young people who will be involved in the “Home’ project. I am convinced it will bring a new level of meaning to the term ‘working from home’ and cannot wait to see the imaginings which emerges.”

To sign up for the project, which is free of charge, 12-25yr olds from Northern Ireland are asked to submit an online registration form to [email protected] by 5pm on 18th July. The successful applicants will be notified on 20th July. Online registration forms can be downloaded from

Further details will be provided after registration. To note, participants will require:

– Access to a computer or mobile phone to take part in zoom video calls/webinars

– A device in which you can film with (iPhone /smart phone/ small DSLR.)

– Access to a computer with editing facilities. Some free options are Lightworks (Windows + Mac) / iMovie (Mac only).


27th July | Introductory Masterclass

30th July | Industry Production Masterclass 1

3rd August | Industry Production Masterclass 2

6th August | Industry Production Masterclass 3

There will be specific production masterclasses for 12-17 yr olds and 18-25 yr olds and parent/guardian permission is required for under 18s. Phase 1 will run from 27th July to 6th August.

Times to be confirmed and dates subject to change.


6th August | Cinemagic set the brief for the practical filmmaking

18th September | Deadline for films to be submitted


October | online film festival, feedback and awards ceremony.

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