Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Showcase


Dublin filmmaker Carlos Quinn with Claire Addison, AES, at the 2014 AES Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Showcase in Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast. The Exchange made by Carlos was one of the twelve shortlisted films in the 18-25s category of the competition. The Exchange follows the story of a North Korean border patrolwoman who finds an intruder’s bag and sees an opportunity

Photo by MT Hurson/Harrison Photography.

Young filmmakers from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and the UK were commended at the AES Cinemagic Young Filmmaker competition showcase for 18-25 year olds, which took place recently at Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast. Twelve shortlisted films were screened at the showcase that celebrated young filmmaking talent. Two of the shortlisted films, The Exchange and The Dead Planet, were made by filmmakers Carlos Quinn and Ruairi O’Neill from Dublin and Waterford respectively.

The winning film in the 18-25s age category was Driven, a dark eerie thriller in which a man’s sat-nav begins to take over his identity, made by Liam Cassidy, Michael Holburt and Hanna Ryder from Cumbria.

The two Highly Commended films were Everyone Can Clap Their Hands by Andy McComb and Big Fat Santa by Shane Brennan both from Northern Ireland.

Cinemagic is dedicated to supporting and celebrating young talent by showcasing films made by young people, bringing those filmmakers together and giving them opportunities to view new films.

Chris Shaw, Cinemagic Festival Programmer said, “The AES Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Competition offers young people the chance to have their film screened at the festival. Whether you are a first-time filmmaker or developing your skills in filmmaking, the competition offers a great platform to showcase young talent and the opportunity to enjoy the work of other young filmmakers.”


The full list of shortlisted films for 18-25s age category is as follows:

Norma by Colm McCready
The Dead Planet by Ruairi O’Neill
Below by Alfie Barker
Everyone Can Clap Their Hands by Andy McComb
The Exchange by Carlos Quinn
Going Pro by Alex Ayre
Weekend Me by Luke Alexander
Driven by Liam Cassidy, Michael Holburt and Hanna Ryder
Below the Row by Glen Travis
The Secret Life of Balloons by Nina Graham and Lauren Graham
Big Fat Santa by Shane Brennan
Guilt by Niall Shukla


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