21 Years Of Film Festival Magic

Cinemagic returns to delight Belfast audiences 

The Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People launches its highly anticipated 21st festival programme. The 2011 festival will bring a host of both international and local industry professionals to Northern Ireland. Guests include highly acclaimed film music composer Patrick Doyle (Thor, Rise of The Planet of the Apes), Belfast actor Martin McCann (Killing Bono, Clash of the Titans) and BFI associate tutor and Alfred Hitchcock historian Sandra Shevey.

Other experts sharing their knowledge include BAFTA award-winning director Aisling Walsh (Song for a Raggy Boy, Wallander),Oscar-nominated writer Tim Loane (Dance Lexie Dance), Coleraine actress Michelle Fairley (Best: His Mother’s Son, Game of Thrones), and costume designer Susan Scott (Parked, Cupcake).

Returning for a sixth consecutive year, respected film critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode will be ‘in conversation’ with the Belfast audiences ahead of a screening of The Buddy Holly Story and a special book signing.

Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic Chief Executive said 'Cinemagic is extremely proud to present its 21st Festival offering a huge range for film and television events for young people.

'Funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL and with Title Sponsor Coca-Cola, and all sponsors, Cinemagic is able to create new opportunities for young people through moving image and in doing so, inspire, motivate and educate.'

Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen said: 'Northern Ireland Screen is delighted to see the eclectic programme of screenings and educational events at the Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast this year for the young people of Northern Ireland.

'Through our continued core funding, supported by DCAL, Northern Ireland Screen acknowledges the Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast as a key component in our efforts to achieve our goal of making a significant contribution to film culture, education and training.

'We send our sincerest good wishes to Joan and her team for another successful festival.'

Gillian Shields, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland Ltd, added 'Coca-Cola is proud to sponsor the Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People and to support the valuable work of Cinemagic once again this year.

'This year’s festival will provide participants with the opportunity to gain exciting and practical experience in many arts based disciplines, using the magic of film and moving images to inspire and fuel creativity.'

Coca-Cola is delighted to support activities for the 12-25 age group such as the exciting range of movie screenings and the Talent Lab masterclass programme for 16-26 year olds, which provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn and gain experience from industry experts.

'I would like to congratulate Cinemagic on another action packed programme and wish everyone participating a very enjoyable and rewarding 21st Anniversary festival.'

Workshops and Masterclasses are open to young people aged 4-26 and the public film programme is open to all ages.

With a programme packed with more than 100 films from around the world, many of which are UK/Irish special previews and over 60 workshops, competitions, masterclasses and exciting film related events, movie enthusiasts can look forward to a colourful feast of films in November.

The Coca-Cola Cinemagic Festival opens in Belfast on November 16 and runs for 17 days and nights until December 2 2011.

To view the Coca-Cola Cinemagic Festival Programme and advance book film tickets visit Cinemagic online.