Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People returns to Dublin this May and June with a programme jam packed full of diverse creative opportunities to inspire and motivate young people. This year will see a number of new exciting elements added to the programme and visits from representatives from Aardman Animations, Brown Bag Films and Cartoon Saloon! A new screening series entitled Talking Pictures will offer the chance to view Irish movies with talks from filmmakers and film professionals involved in the productions. Among the industry names who will take part will be Frank Berry, Carmel Winters, Lee Cronin, Aislinn Clarke, Paddy Breathnach and Andrew and Ryan Tohill. For an even more immersive experience, young people can be part of the first Cinemagic Talent Lab Boot Camp for 16+yr olds and it will include masterclasses, seminars and Q&A’s with film professionals who will provide insight into the industry in a range of disciplines such as Production Management, Assistant Directing, Editing, Camera, Sound, Art Department & Costume, Hair and Makeup and Location Management.
Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings MBE said “We are thrilled to present our 12th Cinemagic Dublin Festival programme and we are really excited about this year’s line-up of diverse, creative film opportunities. We are looking forward to meeting lots of festival goers and celebrating film talent across a wide range of disciplines and in doing so helping to educate, inspire and motivate young people.”
For the full programme and how to book tickets go to: cinemagic.ie
The opening film of the 2019 festival will be an Irish Premiere of Racetime, a wild adventure through the trials and tribulations, passions, joys and little victories of childhood. The premiere takes place on the 28th May at 7.00pm in ODEON Point Square.
The Cinemagic Talent Lab Boot Camp is a one-day event in Liffey Trust Studios for new entrants to the film and television industry or those interested in entering. The Boot Camp programme is aimed at aged 16+ year olds and will include masterclasses, seminars and Q&A’s with film professionals who will provide insight into the industry in a range of disciplines. This is a great opportunity for new entrants to learn more about the film and television industry, gain insight from industry professionals, network with other new entrants and develop knowledge and key skills.
A series of film screenings and talks with filmmakers and film professionals celebrating Irish filmmaking talent and offering advice and top tips for young people with an interest in a career in film.
Screenings include the winner of Best Irish Film at Galway’s Fleadh, Michael Inside plus Q&A with Frank Berry; Float Like A Butterfly plus Q&A with Carmel Winters, a gloriously unruly collision of vivid romanticism and tough, unsentimental truths about the hardscrabble lives and casual discrimination faced by Irish travellers; the suspense filled supernatural thriller, The Hole In The Ground plus Q&A with Lee Cronin; The Devil’s Doorway plus Q&A with Aislinn Clarke, a confident and timely chiller and the first feature horror film written and directed by an Irish woman; Rosieplus Q&A with Paddy Breathnach, an examination of how even in times of crises, the love and strength of a family can endure and The Dig plus Q&A with brothers Andrew Tohill and Ryan Tohill, a gripping debut feature from award-winning Irish directors Andrew and Ryan Tohill. Filmmakers Lee Cronin and Andrew and Ryan Tohill are success stories from Cinemagic Film Festival as winners of Cinemagic’s annual Young Filmmaker Competition.
SHORTS FOR SHORTIES:
A new addition to the programme this year will be a collection of new short animations designed to appeal to young children. They express colourful, exciting and easy to follow stories, either in English or with no dialogue.
These short movies packaged over 60 minutes take place in ODEON Point Square and include Sam’s Dream, about a small mouse who decides to make his dream come true; A Tiger With No Stripes; Matilda, a little girl who overcomes her fear and discovers magic of the night, Belly Flop, a story of persistence; Miriam By The Lake, the story of a restless chicken who makes the acquaintance of spooky night creatures; a beautiful story of inclusion in Coucouleurs; Cycle, where a young girl discovers that true adventure begins where the road ends; 6.1, a story with a girl and a cat that is full of surprises; To & Kym, two little creatures who chase each other around the busy streets of Toyko as they re-enact a game that has lasted hundreds of years and Lost & Found, about a clumsy crochet dinosaur must unravel itself to save the love of its life.
MOVIES FOR KIDS:
Young film buffs will be spoilt for choice as the festival invites them to immerse themselves in a myriad of movies all screening at the ODEON Point Square over the first weekend of the festival, the 1st and 2nd of June.
Choose from Revolting Rhymes, your favourite Nursery Rhymes retold by the master of story-telling, made complete with an ever-so wicked Roald Dahl twist; family favourites The Gruffalo’s Child and The Highway Rat, a fabulous, rollicking adventure inspired by the famous Alfred Noyes poem, and ‘Princess Emmy, animated entertainment aimed at fans of princesses and magic.
NEW FAMILY FILMS
Cinemagic will also bring a whole range of new films to the ODEON Point Square for the whole family to enjoy over the June bank holiday.
The fast paced, adventure packed titles include Dino King: Journey To Fire Mountain, an action-packed family adventure that combines the realism of ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ with the heart of ‘Finding Nemo’; Alone In Space, a high concept, family sci-fi, bolstered by sharp production design and visual effects; the magical Ötzi And The Mystery Of Time; Belle And Sebastian, Friends For Life, the story of a loving grandfather and grandson set out on a quest to save their dog, set high in the French Alps and Captain Morten And The Spider Queen where viewers will follow Morten on his shrunken adventure!
Cinemagic will present a feast of films from all over the world for 12+ year olds focusing on themes of love, justice, friendship and family. A Colony, a film that sees young teenagers in search for a place where they can be themselves; Dilili In Paris, the latest offering from movie maestro, Michel Ocelot with an evocative animation that see a young girls fight for justice; The Runaways, an atmospheric and uplifting celebration of childhood and family; My Extraordinary Summer With Tess, a young boy learns the importance of family and friends during his adventures with his new friend, Tess; Fight Girl which explores real life issues around family and an acrimonious divorce; Funan, a thrilling story of love, loss and enduring hope in the most trying of times; the irresistible comedy Amateurs; The War Game, a thought-provoking and tense youth drama and Bruce Lee And The Outlaw, a modern-day Oliver Twist story set under the streets of Bucharest.
The Festival is recruiting three film juries for June to watch new films from around the world, take part in in film reviewing and critiquing workshops and meet like-minded young people. For more information email email@example.com for details on sessions for 8—11 yr olds, 12-14yr olds and 15-18yr olds.
Highlights include Lego Animation workshops with Joel Simon and ‘Model Making’ with Aardman Animations, where participants will learn how to make their very own Feathers, Gromit or Shaun the Sheep character. Mårten Jönmark, Brown Bag Films (Doc McStuffins, Peter Rabbit) will host a storyboarding workshop sharing skills on telling stories visually and Caoimhe Ní Bhrádaigh, Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner) will present a workshop exploring the science behind the magic of animation.
Young people can also learn how to tell a short story in a storyboard with David Bunting’s fun-filled workshop inspired by his 20 years’ experience working on projects such as Disney’s The Tigger Movie, Shaun The Sheep, Bob The Builder and Dennis & Gnasher.
FILM EDUCATION (Schools)
Secondary Schools and Colleges can avail of costume making, props making and creative writing workshops and unique film screenings accompanied with short talks from production crew members. The films include Keepers of the Flame and a Q&A with its Writer/Director, Nuala O’Connor and The Camino Voyage and a Q&A with Director Donal O’Ceilleachair and Zoo with a Q&A by Producer Katy Jackson and Director Colin McIvor. These will provide an invaluable insight to the filmmaking process and the social issues around the stories. The highly acclaimed filmFree Solo will be introduced by Mountaineering Ireland, and a screening of Captain Marvel is accompanied with a workshop on film classification from IFCO.
Primary Schools have a feast of film events to choose from with How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, The Gruffalo’s Child & The Highway Rat, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Dumbo, Revolting Rhymes and a workshop ‘The Science of Roald Dahl’, Aladdin and Disney Ireland/Industry Trust Q&A, Peppa Pig: Festival of Fun and a Drama session, and Matilda andstorytelling with Jack Lynch. Both Secondary Schools and Primary Schools can enjoy movie screenings of shorts packages in their classroom accompanied by review sessions with the Cinemagic team.
Nursery schools can get involved in drama workshops and screenings of short animations from around the world in their own nursery/pre-school and immerse themselves in a cinematic experience.
Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings MBE said “We are thrilled to present our 12th Cinemagic Dublin Festival programme and we are excited about this year’s line-up of diverse, creative film opportunities. We are looking forward to meeting lots of festival goers and celebrating film talent across a wide range of disciplines and in doing so helping to educate, inspire and motivate young people.”
Cinemagic Dublin is funded by the Department of Education and Skills.