Back Row Shauna Shivers, Cinemagic Project and International Co-ordinator, John Hunter, Corrymeela Member, Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic Chief Executive, Ian Fox, Director of Photography (Night at the Museum II, The Incredible Hulk, Face/Off) Front Row Vanessa Kiernan (17) from Ballymun, Dublin at the Cinemagic International Film Camp short film production. Photography by MT Hurson/Harrison Photography.
17 young filmmakers from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Los Angeles came together recently to make a short film as part of Cinemagic’s annual International Film Camp. The residential film camp, now in its third year, took place in the Corrymeela Centre in Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Cast
Past pupil of Colaiste Eoin, Stillorgan, Vanessa Kiernan (17) was part of the film production crew .The
Earlier this year, Cinemagic delivered its fifth festival in Dublin supported by Coca-Cola, at which Vanessa participated in a tv presenting masterclass with Dermot O’Leary and she intends to study television production with the hope of pursuing a career in presenting.
Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive said.’ With support from our funders we were delighted to embark on Cinemagic’s third international film camp to give young filmmakers from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Los Angeles the chance to work together as a team to produce a short film. Not only did they learn practical filmmaking skills, but they had the opportunity to work with people from different cultural backgrounds and this will help develop their inter-personal skills as well as a develop a deeper and new understanding of cultural difference.’
The Department of Education and Skills, Republic of Ireland, commented ‘The Department of Education and Skills is delighted to continue its support for Cinemagic Film and Television Festival in 2012. Since 2008, the festival in Dublin has provided a unique opportunity for children and young people from to gain an insight into the worlds of film-making and broadcasting and to meet with industry professionals through participation in master classes and workshops. Cinemagic initiatives such as the cross-border jury, young film critic competitions and cross border film camp provide young people from both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland with unique opportunities to engage and interact with their peers from across the island and to share their interest and opinions on films produced specifically for children’s and teenage audiences.’
Judith Hamilton, Community Relations Council project officer, said ‘Cinemagic’s International Film Camp is a great opportunity for young people from different communities in Northern Ireland, and beyond, to engage with and learn from each other’s cultural experiences as part of a creative training programme. The interactive teamwork within a diverse cultural environment should produce greater respect and understanding of difference and reflect the values of tolerance and social inclusion.’
Filming of The Mantle took place in Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Castleroe, Coleraine and the short film will be screened at Cinemagic events in Belfast, New York,Los Angeles and Dublin.