Cinemagic Calls for Young Film Consultants

The Belfast-based charity is inviting film lovers aged 8 - 18 to have their say this summer and help shape its annual festival programme

Cinemagic has launched its annual call for young film enthusiasts to take on the role of 'film consultants' in Belfast this July to help select a series of films for the annual Cinemagic Festival, that takes place in the city from October 7 - 30.

Participants in the programme will watch and critique films from around the globe as they work with the Cinemagic team in Belfast to help steer the choice of features for this year's festival. Budding film critics will have the opportunity to meet like-minded people and enjoy the valuable experience of deciding the content of the UK and Ireland's largest film festival for young people.

Chris Shaw, Cinemagic Programmer said: 'The young film consultants will have the opportunity to watch and review international films guided by the Cinemagic team in Belfast and there will be lots of opportunities for discussion and debate. They will also contribute ideas for the festival programme and help with the promotion of festival events. We are looking for young people from all over Northern Ireland to participate.'

The programme is open to young people in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, with a cost of £10 to take part. To register, those interested must complete a form which can be downloaded from the Cinemagic website and return it to Cinemagic, Young Consultants, 49 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JL or email it to by July 8.

Young consultants will meet on the following dates in the Crescent Arts Centre, University Road Belfast, as per age category and participants must be available for both dates in their group.

  • 8-11 year olds: Sunday 24th July, 10am-3pm & Monday 25th July, 10am-3pm
  • 12-14 year olds: Tuesday 26th July, 10am-3pm & Wednesday 27th July, 10am-3pm 
  • 15-18 year olds: Thursday 28th July, 10am-3pm & Friday 29th July, 10am-3pm


Elsewhere Cinemagic has announced ‘Little Bard’ season as part of BFI Presents: Shakespeare on Film, a UK-wide series of screenings and events celebrating the enormous impact the playwright’s life, work and legacy has had on cinema.

The organisation will present a series of Shakespeare-inspired films in Belfast for young people including the family animation Gnomeo and Juliet on June 11 and comedy drama Bill featuring the cast of Horrible Histories and Yonderland (together playing 40 roles in the film) on June 18, both at Queen’s Film Theatre while the Ulster Museum screens Disney’s much-loved The Lion King on July 30.

There are also bespoke workshops as part of the Little Bard season, inclding 'Animation and Shakespeare' with Barry Purves on June 12 at the Crescent Arts Centre. Places can be booked at £11 per person via WeGotTickets.

Presented by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) and led by Film Hub London, BFI Presents: Shakespeare on Film sees over 300 screenings and events taking place across the UK with multiplexes, independent cinemas, film clubs, pop-ups and community venues the length and breadth of the UK enticing audiences with a broad range of must-see filmic interpretations of Shakespeare’s work and special events featuring leading cinematic lights.

The programme promises a series of big screen revelations that will enthral and entertain everyone from dyed-in-the-wool bard aficionados to casual cinemagoers keen for a fresh new filmic experience.