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Robert Crabbe, Coca-Cola, Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic, actress Caroline Morahan and young film enthusiasts at the launch of the Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People at Cineworld Cinemas this week which was marked with preview film screenings of adventure filled Jack The Giant Slayer in IMAX and much anticipated biopic Good Vibrations. The festival runs from 13th-19th May in Cineworld Cinemas, Filmbase and other venues across the city.


Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People (13th-19th May)

A packed programme of masterclasses, workshops and education/public film screenings.

Young people can look forward to a fantastic feast of films in May as the Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People returns with its 6th Dublin festival programme for 12-25 year olds.

Actress and TV Presenter Caroline Morahan launched the Cinemagic programme at Cineworld Cinemas Dublin yesterday with preview screenings of fantasy–adventure Jack the Giant Slayer in IMAX from Warner Bros Ireland and highly anticipated bio pic Good Vibrations from Eclipse Pictures, directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, for 500 young film fans from across Dublin. Launch film screenings also took place at Axis Ballymun, F2 Centre Rialto, and next week The Base Ballyfermot and Finglas Youth Resource centre will host screenings in conjunction with Dublin City Council Arts Office.

The Festival reaches out to young people to give them an insight to the film and television industry and offers film fans of all ages a chance to view classic and new movies from around the world. The May workshops are divided into two main strands, The Talent Lab, in The Burlington Hotel (masterclasses/Q&A’s for 16-26 yr olds) and the Education Programme (for 12-18 yr olds). As part of Cinemagic’s outreach programme there will also be a series of Talent Lab events in the F2 Centre Rialto and The Base Ballyfermot.

Budding film critics can also further their skills by participating in the annual public cross-border jury competition in Filmbase which offers young people the chance to watch a series of short films and hear how to critically review them! The public screening programme in Cineworld themed on giants of genre has a feast of film delights for movie enthusiasts to enjoy such as the classic musical/horror Little Shop of Horrors, war epic, Empire of The Sun, memorable sci fi pic A.I. Artificial Intelligence, landmark 80’s action filled adventure, The Karate Kid, the unforgettable cult classic for students, Robocop, and gangster favourite Bugsy Malone.

Talent Lab

Throughout the Cinemagic Festival young people can participate in industry events including the Talent Lab masterclasses and Q&A’s, featuring Directing with Lenny Abrahamson, casting with John and Ros Hubbard, Film Production with Gareth Ellis-Unwin and Jessica Malik of Bedlam Productions, Directing/Production with Kieron J Walsh, Television and Music Production with Ned O’Hanlon, Writing and Directing for Film with Aisling Walsh, Film Production with Terry Bamber and Directing/Acting with David Caffrey and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

Education/Workshop Programme

Workshops and special events in the education programme include Avengers Assemble & Film Stunts Demo with Eimear O’Grady, The Stunts Guild of Ireland, The Film Review with Film Ireland, Groundhog Day & Mapping The Weather with Nuala Carey, To The Arctic IMAX & Conserving the Home of The Polar Bear with WWF UK, Exploring Short Films- Animated Antics, Vertigo & Director Spotlight: Alfred Hitchcock with Dr Robert Furze, Special Effects Make-up in film with Makeupfablicious, Film Classification with IFCO, and Acting with Aidan Dooley.

Other highlights include Troll Hunter & Storytelling/Folklore with Jack Lynch, The Crucible & From Stage to Screen with Christina Matthews, Eco-Unesco Bio-diversity workshop, Digital Photography, Inside News with Bob Hughes and Yvonne Doyle, Acting for Silent Film, Creative writing with Fighting Words, Pitch That Brief with Brian Henry Martin, Storytelling with Birch Hamilton, Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, Cinemagic Stars- musical theatre workshop in a day with Maire Campbell, History Live: World War II & Empire of the Sun, Horror Shorts Showcase, Moonrise Kingdom & screenwriting with The Writers Guild of Ireland.

Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “With support from our funders The Department of Education and Skills, The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin City Council Arts Office and Title Sponsor, Coca-Cola, we are delighted to present our 6th festival for 12-25 year olds in venues across Dublin. Our programme has a vast range of films from around the world and our comprehensive education programme and talent lab masterclasses will give young people a valuable insight into various film and television disciplines”.

A representative from The Department of Education and Skills said “The Department of Education and Skills is delighted to continue its support for the Dublin Cinemagic Film and Television Festival in 2013. Since 2008, the festival have provided a unique opportunity for young people to gain an insight into the world of film-making and to meet with industry professionals through participation in masterclasses 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 opportunities to engage and interact with their peers and to share their interest and opinions on films produced specifically for children’s and teenage audiences.”

Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said “I am pleased to see that this prestigious event has now become an established festival in the cultural calendar. I know that year on year the festival continues to attract well known personalities. Those attending are afforded the opportunity to meet and learn from experts working in the area of Film and Television. I am confident that the festival this year will once again inspire and stimulate the imagination of all those who attend and I wish everyone who participates every enjoyment.”

Robert Crabbe, Events Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland said”Coca-Cola is proud to sponsor the Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People once again this year. The Dublin festival, which is in it’s 6th year, provides the opportunity to gain hands on experience in many arts based disciplines, giving a unique insight into the world of film and television and showcasing the talents of the young people of Ireland.

We are delighted to support activities for the 12 – 25 age group such as the excellent outreach programmes, talent labs, movie screenings and of course the masterclasses that provide a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn and gain experience from industry experts in a variety of cinematic and media disciplines. We would like to congratulate Cinemagic on another action packed programme and wish everyone participating a very enjoyable and rewarding festival.”

Ray Yeates, Dublin City Arts Officer, Dublin City Council said “Dublin City Council is delighted to support Cinemagic and its work in making the art of cinema alive particularly for young people.”

To view the Cinemagic Festival Programme online visit

How to book tickets for the education programme (12-18 yr olds) Various prices

Telephone Chris Shaw at the Cinemagic Office on +4428 90 311 900 or email

How to apply for the Talent Lab Masterclasses (16-26 yr olds) Various prices

Telephone Shauna Shivers at the Cinemagic Office on +4428 90 311 900 or email

How to apply to the public jury competition (12-18 yr olds) Free of charge

Telephone Claire Shaw at the Cinemagic Office on +4428 90 311 900 or email

How to book Tickets for Public Film Programme (all ages based on film certificate) €6.90 per ticket

Cineworld Cinemas, Parnell St – Telephone 1520 880 444 or visit


Press Information: Gerry Lundberg / Sinead O’Doherty, Gerry Lundberg Public Relations

t: +353 1 679 8476 / 086 259 1070 / 087 259 1070 e:

Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press & Marketing Officer t: +44 28 90 311 900/00447793025910 e:


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