The annual Cinemagic Film and Television Festival programme returns for a 10th Anniversary feast of film from 5th– 14th May, jam-packed with 100 events and diverse creative opportunities to inspire and motivate young people. The festival features guests from the world of film and television including Cinematographer Gerry Floyd from treble BAFTA-nominated documentary Notes on Blindness; Doctor Foster and Leave to Remain director, Bruce Goodison; production designer and art director David Bowes (The Selfish Giant, Cold Feet, Scott & Bailey) and CBBC TV Presenters Ben Shires and Katie Thistleton.
To launch the festival this week, young filmmakers are creating a film from a script to screen at the Cinemagic Dublin Film Academy in association with the Nido Collection featuring training and insight from speakers including director John Butler (Handsome Devil, The Stag), director/producer Kieron J.Walsh (The Psychopath Next Door, My Life for Ireland) and Eva-Jane Gaffney from Louise Kiely Casting (Sing Street, A Date for Mad Mary).
Family and Teen Films: The film programme taking place over the two weekends of the festival includes movies from around the world including gala previews, family favourites and new international features. All screened at Cineworld Cinemas family movie titles include animations Rock Dog, with a voice cast featuring Eddie Izzard and Luke Wilson; adventure quest The Dragon Spell ; Kiwi & Strit, from the director of The Great Bear; Phantom Boy from Academy Award nominated directors of A Cat in Paris and Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess from acclaimed director Michel Ocelot. Live action family dramas and documentaries include musical adventure Owls & Mice and Seasons, a beautifully crafted nature story.
Teen movies focus on social and youth issues and feature German drama Fog in August based on Robert Domes’ 2008 eponymous historical novel; documentary The Valley of the Wolves directed by Jean-Michel Bertrand; Little Harbour inspired by true events and based on the best-selling book The Fifth Boat and Born in Syria, which follows seven children for a year through 12 countries, with a soundtrack by Gabriel Yared(The English Patient, The Talented Mr.Ripley)
Masterclasses and Workshops: The festival offers opportunities to get hands-on and learn from experts in the film and television industry. Over 12s can enjoy iPad Stop Motion Animation with Flickerpix animation’s Joel Simon; Prosthetics and Creature Effects with Kildare born Kate Walshe of Millennium FX, one of the leading prosthetics companies in Europe; and Directing for Film and TV with Bruce Goodison whose credits include ITV’s Home Fires,BBC1’s Doctor Foster and the award winning feature film Leave to Remain.
Kids aged under 12 can participate in Junior Talent Lab workshops Special Effects Make-Up with MKF Institute and TV & Online Presenting with presenters and ‘YouTubers’ Maddie Moate and Greg Foote. There is also a pre-May TV Presenting workshop with BAFTA Kids in association with IFTA hosted by CBBC hit presenters Ben Shires and Katie Thistleton. Participants from this workshop are in with a chance to present the Cinemagic promo film from various festival events in May!
Cinemagic’s world cinema programme inspires the next generation of cinema audiences to both enjoy and critique film and the festival is currently accepting young film critics for the CineSeekers Jury Programme which is a cross border initiative and suitable for young people aged 5-11 and the CineFocus Jury Programme, which is suitable for ages 12-14 and 15-18 respectively. The young film critics will have the chance to view youth focused films from around the world, take part in review workshops, make lots of new friends and choose the winning films of the festival!
The festival presents a comprehensive film education programme which helps to inspire young people, stimulate discussion on social issues and to provide practical opportunities to learn new skills.
Teenagers can find out about working in the world of film and television with insightful talks and workshops on Cinematography, Film Classification with IFCO, Studying Horror, Production Design, Film Ideology & Politics and The Genetics of Superheroes with accompanying classic and new films to illustrate the talks. There are special preview screening including My Life as a Courgette, the highly acclaimed Best Animated Feature Nominated movie at this year’s Oscars, and Vermeer, Beyond Time, introduced by both the Curator of the Vermeer exhibition and the Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland.
Visits to secondary schools include events showcasing short films that explore the complex social, political and cultural issues that young people face in society with the ‘Disillusioned Youth’ programme, an ‘Animated Antics’ short film programme, and ‘Career Crafts’ talks on Costume Design with Louise Stanton (What If, Albert Nobbs, Wake Wood) and Props and Model Making with Greg Keeley (High Rise, Dracula Untold, Line of Duty).
Young film fans at primary and preschools can immerse themselves in the festival experience with Preschool short film programmes,’ Animated Antics’ short film programmes; Craft & Graft with Lovemovies.ie and the Industry Trust; History Live and the World of Sherlock Holmes; Discover the Dinosaurs; The Science Show & Minions and Storyboarding!
Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “We are looking forward to our 10th Anniversary Cinemagic Dublin Film Festival in May and the programme is action packed with fantastic film and television events for children, families, teenagers, young filmmakers and school groups. With the support of our valued funders and partners including the Department of Education and Skills and The Nido Collection we are able to present an eclectic range of opportunities to educate, motivate and inspire 4-25 year olds.”