Cinemagic Festival for Young People Launches

Watch video featuring ParaNorman writer/director Chris Butler and check out this year's programme

The Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People has launched the first of two festivals taking place in autumn 2012, with the unveiling of its fantasy, myths and legends-themed programme for under 12s.

The launch was marked with a preview screening of new stop-motion animation ParaNorman, written and co-directed by Chris Butler, who paid a special visit to ODEON Cinemas, Belfast for the film and also dropped in to Carr’s Glen Primary School for a Q&A session with young film fans.

The action-packed Cinemagic programme for young people aged under 12 will take place from October 5-19 in venues and cinemas across Belfast. A programme for 12-25-year-olds will follow in November 2012, and the festival season will culminate with a Gala Awards Ceremony in Belfast City Hall.

Previews and premieres, classics of world cinema, film and television workshops for schools and families, and filmmaking competitions to motivate, educate and inspire young people are just some of the events happening this year. Visit the Cinemagic website to browse the full programme of events.

'We are delighted to present our festival for under 12s this October in venues across Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland,' said Joan Burney-Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive.

'Our family film programme in Odeon Cinemas has a vast range of films from around the world, many of which are special previews, and our comprehensive education programme, including workshops from BBFC, BAFTA and Aardman Animation will give young people an insight into various film and television disciplines.'

The Cinemagic October Festival Jury is open to young people aged 8-11 who are passionate about film watching and reviewing to join the Cinemagic team to watch and review all of the festival films in competition.

Jury members will announce the winning festival films at the Gala Awards Ceremony in Belfast City Hall on November 29. Email to register for a place on the jury panel before September 27, 2012.

Cinemagic is also looking for short films made by young people under 12. All film genres are eligible – ­fact or fiction, comedy or drama, news programme or documentary – and entries should be under ten minutes long.

The themed ‘Giants of Northern Ireland' is a new category that filmmakers can enter this year. 'Giant Achievers', 'Giant Famous People' from Northern Ireland or 'Giant Iconic Landmarks' of Northern Ireland are examples that Cinemagic have provided for budding filmmakers. Email to enter before October 26.

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People is funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Belfast City Council, Northern Ireland Tourist Board and the Department of Social Development.