Cinemagic Calls for Submissions

The film charity for young people is seeking entrants for this year's festival awards competition

Yellowbird director Christian De Vita with young film fans after winning the Emerald Star Award at the Cinemagic Festival in 2015

Belfast-based film festival Cinemagic is calling for children's filmmakers and animators far and wide to enter its annual awards competition.

Not to be confused with the organisation's Young Filmmakers competition, its main festival awards recognise short and feature-length releases across a wide range of target age groups.

Films made within the years 2014 – 2016 are eligible for competition. The festival is interested in all types of films and programmes for children and young people from preschool through to young adult, with prizes for:

  • Best feature film for a young adult audience (The Golden Reel Award) – judged by a jury of young people aged 18-25
  • Best feature film for a teenage audience (The Silver Reel Award) – judged by a jury of young people aged 15-17
  • Best feature film for a youth audience (The Emerald Reel Award) – judged by a jury of young people aged 12-14
  • Best feature film for a junior audience (The Golden Star Award) – judged by a jury of young people aged 10-11
  • Best feature film for a young audience (The Silver Star Award) – judged by a jury of young people aged 8-9
  • Best feature film for a children’s audience (The Emerald Star Award) – judged by a jury of young people aged 6-7
  • Best short film for a primary school audience (Jury’s Out Award 8+) - judged by primary schools (ages 8+)
  • Best short film for a secondary jnr school audience (Jury’s Out Award 12+) - judged by secondary jnr schools (ages 12+)
  • Best short film for a secondary school audience (Jury’s Out Award 15+) - judged by secondary schools (ages 15+)

To enter, send a DVD (PAL) preview, either in English or with English subtitles, and a completed entry form to:

Chris Shaw, Festival Programmer

Cinemagic

49 Botanic Avenue

Belfast

BT7 1JL

Northern Ireland

Entrants can find the entry form and regulations at www.cinemagic.org.uk/submissions/festival-submissions. Alternatively, online screeners are accepted and entry forms can be emailed to chris@cinemagic.org.uk.

The deadline for entries is July 25. All entries will be judged by a previewing committee. Successful entrants will be notified by August 26.

Cinemagic was established in 1989 and over the years it has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in children’s programming and is currently the largest award-winning children’s film festival in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The festival includes international film screenings, movie premieres, industry Q&A’s, discussions, competitions and master classes in all aspects of filmmaking.