Coca-Cola Cinemagic Int'l Film & TV Fest for Young People Returns to Dublin


Cinemagic is coming back to Dublin. The internationally renowned film and television festival for young people has in the last few months completed a 20th anniversary celebratory Festival in Belfast and an extensive 4 city USA Festival (New York, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco).Now the Festival team is back in Dublin bringing with them a wealth of cinema magic, lots of well known industry professionals ready to share their knowledge and experience with young people aspiring to working in film and TV and a whole lot of Festival fun for all the family.

The 2011 Dublin programme is jam packed with masterclasses, screenings (Gala, Anime, Family Favourites, Teenage Flicks, Sporting Giants) and school workshops. With tickets for screenings from €4 it is excellent value for money.

The Festival has received acclaim and support from many well known faces. Cinemagic is delighted to announce that Pierce Brosnan has recently agreed to become a patron of the Festival, adding his name to the list of renowned patrons who support and champion the work of Cinemagic around the world. They include Dermot O'Leary, Liam Neeson, Saorise Ronan, Patrick Bergin, Brian Cox, Julian Fellows and Terry George.

"Cinemagic is a great organization providing educational and cultural opportunities for young people on an international scale and bringing them together to inspire and motivate. For the last 20 years they have done some incredible work and I am very proud to be associated with them". Liam Neeson

Cinemagic - what will it mean to you: (footage from 2010 Festival)

One of the most popular aspects of the Festival are the MASTERCLASSES where young people in small groups can meet with some of the most established people in the industry today. Early application is strongly advised as places are limited. This year the masterclasses will be held in The Burlington Hotel: Official Hotel Partner & host of the Cinemagic Masterclasses, and they will include: Coronation street favourites SurAnne Jones (Karen) and Anthony Cotton (Sean)who will deliver a joint masterclass in acting; Television presenting workshop with TV3 presenter Karen Koster; Presenting with MTV's Laura Whitmore; Screenwriting with the acclaimed writer of Elizabeth and The Tudors Michael Hirst; Acting with Michelle Fairley; Technical direction of animation with Greg Maguire (Avatar's creature technical director; Casting with Julie Harkin; Acting with Rachel Kavanagh; Television presenting with The Holiday Show's Jon Slattery and Ciara Whelan; Film Journalism with Ian Haydn Smith. To apply for a place in a Masterclass download the registration form on the homepage of or contact

SCREENINGS: Family favourites and classic films - see much loved titles back on the big screen such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Stand By Me, Rocky, Labyrinth and The Warriors. The Festival opens at Cineworld with a Gala screening of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules. FOCUS ON ANIMATION: In partnership with We Love Anime, Cinemagic is bringing anime fans a selection of the best films coming out in the next 12 months- Summer Wars, Redline, Laputa Castle in the Sky and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.

CROSS BORDER FESTIVAL JURY: young people from the North and South of Ireland are invited to apply to be part of the Cinemagic Festival Jury to chose the best short films for young and teenage audiences (two juries ages 10 -14 and 15 -18). Apply by letter / email to jury competition, Cinemagic, 49 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JL /

CINEMA SAFARI - Throughout the programme there is a focus on African cinema with various events and films for schools. The film screenings will be accompanied by a number of exciting school workshops exploring all aspects of African culture. Events and films include The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos & discussion with Irish Wildlife Trust, African Drumming & Dance, African craft making and storytelling, Africa United & Africa Centre Ireland discussion, Eco-Unesco water conservation, Bouncing Cats & Hip Hop, Life Above All, Street Kids United and Benda Bilili with UNICEF Ireland.

The festival EDUCATION PROGRAMME also includes History Live: The Vikings, Storyboarding, Mapping the Weather with Nuala Carey, Make a short animation in a day, and lots of film screenings. Acknowledging that in these times travelling to out of school locations can pose challenges for classes Cinemagic aims to bring more Festival experiences into schools directly.

Secondary school students can look forward to The Film Review with Film Ireland, Film Classification with IFCO, Animation with Barry Purves, a chance to Meet The Professionals and learn the mechanics of how film and television is made and screened, a special In Conversation with Christian de Vita the lead storyboard artist on Fantastic Mr Fox, Special Effects Make up, a Q&A with members of the cast of PRIMEVAL and lots more.

And there's more .... CINEMAGIC STARS is looking for a school in Dublin bustling with budding actors, dancers and singers for a 2 day intensive masterclass led by a music director and dramatist who will provide acting and vocal coaching, culminating in a performance of a well known musical that they will perform to their school.

"It is fantastic to be able to deliver the work of the Cinemagic International Film Festival on a cross border level, where young people from the North and South of Ireland can interact with each other through the medium of film screenings, filmmaking and initiatives such as the cross border film jury and international film camp. With the valued support of our funders and title sponsor Coca-Cola, we have put together an eclectic film and masterclass programme for our 4th Dublin Festival. The programme has something for all films fans whether you want to participate in the school workshops and student masterclasses or be part of the public screening programme and enjoy both new and classic films being celebrated at the Festival." Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings

"The Department of Education and Skills is delighted to continue its support for the Dublin Cinemagic Film and Television Festival in 2011. Since 2008, the festival has provided a unique opportunity for children and young people 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."

Department of Education and Skills
Welcoming Cinemagic back to Dublin, Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan T.D., said "I would like to congratulate Cinemagic for this marvelous festival that showcases the magic of cinema and television to young people. Giving children and teenagers the opportunity to get hands on experience of film making through master classes, screenings and school workshops opens up a whole new world and shines a light on the movie industry. The variety of events on offer is truly exceptional.

I know that this year's festival will once again inspire and stimulate the imagination of all those who attend and I wish everyone who participates in the festival every enjoyment." Minister Deenihan Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Commenting on the 2011 Festival, Caroline Curran, Communications Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland said, "Coca-Cola is proud to maintain its successful partnership with Cinemagic by continuing to be the title sponsor of the Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People in Dublin for the forth year in a row. This year's festival will once again provide participants with 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 many and varied talents of the young people of Ireland. We are delighted to support activities such as the exciting range of movie screenings and the masterclass programme which provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn and gain experience from industry experts in a variety of cinematic and media disciplines."

Full programme available for download at:

Book your place to be part of the magic now:
Public screenings at Cineworld /1520 880 444 under 18s & concessions €4 / adults €5
Bookings for schools programme and masterclasses + 44 28 903 11900 /


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