PICTURED: Young Filmmakers Ronnie McQuillan and Ellen McLean with Kathryn Leech, NITB, launch the annual Cinemagic Young Filmaker Competition. Cinemagic, funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL has created a new category in the competition this year supported by NITB Our Time Our Place campaign. For competition guidelines and deadlines visit www.cinemagic.org.uk
Filmmakers aged 25 and under, from the UK and Ireland, are being invited to submit their short films to the annual Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Competition which honours the best of young filmmaking talent across different categories.
The judges are looking for imaginative and original short films, from any genre and the shortlisted entries will be screened in Belfast later this year. With support from Northern Ireland Tourist Board, there is a new category for 2012 entries (UK, Ireland and International) themed on ‘Giants of Northern Ireland’ as part of the ni 2012 ‘Our Time, Our Place’ programme. This category will celebrate the impact of ‘giant’ people, iconic landmarks and innovative thinking associated with Northern Ireland.
Cinemagic, funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL, is dedicated to supporting and celebrating young filmmaking talent by bringing together young people with an interest in the film industry and offering them opportunities to view new films and participate in filmmaking workshops. Many young people who have entered films through the Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Competition have gone on to forge successful careers in the film and television industry.
Chris Shaw, Cinemagic Festival Programmer, encouraged young filmmakers to get involved and said “The annual Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Competition offers young people the opportunity to submit their short film to Cinemagic and have it viewed by a panel of industry professionals.The films can be about anything at all, fact or fiction, comedy or drama, news programme or documentary. Whether you are a first-time filmmaker or developing your skills in filmmaking, the competition offers a great platform to showcase your work and enjoy the work of other like-minded young people.”
Kathryn Leech, NITB Social and Digital Marketing Manager said “NITB is delighted to be supporting this exciting new initiative. 2012 is shaping up to be an awesome year for Northern Ireland and this is a time to celebrate our young people and the creative talent we have here. We’re very excited that this project will be capturing the spirit of ‘NI 2012’ and what it means to the people of Northern Ireland. This truly is our time, our place.”
Cinemagic Young Filmmaker application process:
Please visit www.cinemagic.org.uk for rules, entry forms and guidelines. The competition is free to enter.
To enter a film for the ‘Giants of Northern Ireland’ category (UK/Ireland/ International entries/Open to all):
Please send a DVD copy of your film with a completed entry form before the competition deadline 10th September 2012. Films should be no longer than 10 minutes.
To enter a film for the standard competition (UK and Ireland entries only): Please send a DVD copy of your film with a completed entry form before the competition deadline 26th October 2012. Films should be no longer than 10 minutes.
Entries should be sent to CINEMAGIC YOUNG FILMMAKER 2012, Chris Shaw, Cinemagic, 49 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JL.
Email: email@example.com/ Tel 028 90 311 900
Cinemagic is funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL