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Cinemagic Launches Programme for International Film and Television Festival for Young People

24th Mar 2010 The Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People is back in Dublin from 5th - 12th May with a programme packed with screenings, master-classes with film and television industry guests, workshops for schools and lots more. 

Confirmed guests so far include Dermot O'Leary, Craig Doyle, Aidan Power, Kirsten Sheridan, Laura Whitmore, Karen Koster, Ray D'Arcy, Rachel Kavanagh, Ed Guiney, Ros Hubbard, Ciaran Donnelly, Jon Slattery and Ciara Whelan.

Speaking on the occasion of the programme launch, Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic Chief Executive said "Cinemagic is extremely proud to be returning to Dublin from 5th-12th May to present an exciting and eclectic programme of film events for young people. With the kind support of all our funders, our Title Sponsor Coca-Cola and our in association Sponsor AIB Group, we have been able to build on the success of the last two years and increase the number of film and television related activities for schools, young people and all movie enthusiasts. We are delighted to announce that our series of industry masterclasses has developed to include new and returning hosts such as Dermot O'Leary, Craig Doyle, Kirsten Sheridan, Aidan Power and Ray D'Arcy."

Cinemagic will host a selection of practical and fun MASTERCLASSES where industry professionals will share their expertise, knowledge and experience including: Producing with Ed Guiney; Acting with Rachel Kavanagh; Presenting with Craig Doyle; Directing with Kirsten Sheridan; Radio Presenting and Production with Ray D'Arcy; Presenting with Dermot O'Leary; Casting with Ros & John Hubbard, Television Production and Presenting with Jon Slattery and Ciara Whelan; Directing for TV with Ciaran Donnelly and Presenting with Laura Whitmore.

One of the unique aspects of Cinemagic is that it is one of the few festivals whose winners are selected by juries made up solely of young people. The CINEMAGIC JURY will select the winners in two categories - Best Short Film for a Children's Audience (as judged by a jury of 10-14 year olds) and Best Short Film for a Teenage Audience (as judged by a jury of 15-18 year olds). Young Film and TV enthusiasts who would like to apply to be on this cross-border jury should see www.cinemagic.ie for details.    The Festival will also once more lead the search for YOUNG CRITIC OF THE YEAR. 

A key element of the 2010 programme will be WORKSHOPS for primary and secondary schools.  Workshops suitable for primary schools include The Art of Shadow Play with Frank Quinn, Read and draw the Hugglewug Way, Storyboarding for Animation with Straandlooper, Let's Get Animated - Claymation Workshop, Story Shorts, Early years drama with Emma Coogan, Once Upon A Time ... storytelling, Irish History Live - The Ice Age! + Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and a comic making workshop. 

Secondary schools will have the chance to take part in workshops which include Climate Changes and Your Eco-Footprint, Anime Discussion + Screening: Ponyo, Pitch That Brief; The Irish Animation Industry - a brief history and double feature:  All Dogs Go To Heaven & The Secret of Kells, The Film Review with Film Ireland and Film Classification workshop with IFCO and Our Moon, Moon Stories, Moon News with Deirdre Kelleghan + Screening: Moon.     

Once again the Festival will host two GALA SCREENINGS to open and close the Festival.  A special preview of Tooth Fairy will open the Festival on 5th May and another preview, of From Time to Time will bring the Festival to a close on 12th May. 

In between there will be a HOST OF MOVIES to sit back and enjoy!  This year the festival films are divided into different categories:

From Page to Screen  - The Iron Giant, The Fantastic Mr Fox, The Secret of Nimh, Where the Wild Things Are, Oliver Twist and The Borrowers.
Documentary Films - The Cove, Turtle: The Incredible Journey
World of Animation - Spirit of the Forest; Azur and Asmar: The Prince's Quest and Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms.
Tim Burton, A Retrospective - Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
Family Favourites -Bugsy Malone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

The Festival will offer young enthusiasts an insight into filmmaking through two SPECIAL EVENTS.  There will be a special screening of A Shine of Rainbows which will be followed by a Q&A with the star of the film John Bell and casting directors Ros and John Hubbard.   There will also be a chance to see episodes of the fantasy period drama Merlin followed by a Q&A with cast and crew afterwards.

Department of Education and Science:
"The Department of Education and Science is delighted to continue its support for the Dublin Cinemagic Film and Television Festival in 2010. 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 masterclasses and workshops. It is clear from the high levels of interest and attendance at events and screenings that schools and youth groups from Ireland and Northern Ireland continue to enthusiastically engage with the Cinemagic Festival. The cross-border jury, young film critic competitions and cross border film camp will also give young people opportunities to interact with their peers from across the island of Ireland and to share their interest and opinions on films produced specifically for children's and teenage audiences. The Department also welcomes the further expansion of the Festival in 2010 to include a new US-Ireland dimension to its programme."

Martin Mansergh TD, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for the Arts, at the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism said ‘It is a testament to the hard work and endeavour of all concerned that this is now an established festival in Dublin.  Along with the Cinemagic festival to be held later this year in Belfast, it is also an important cross border event that reaches the hand of friendship across all communities and borders.

As everyone who attends and participates in all the organised events will testify, Cinemagic inspires young people and who knows, someday soon some of those young people may forge a successful career for themselves in this medium of the Arts.

There is a saying in Irish "Sé tús maith leath na h-oibre".  Cinemagic most definitely fulfils this criteria of being a good start.'

Commenting on the 2010 Festival, Erica Roseingrave, Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland said, "Coca-Cola, as Title Sponsor, is delighted to continue its role as leading partner to the 2010 Cinemagic Dublin Film Festival. Cinemagic offers young people wonderful opportunities to learn about the exciting world of film, TV, radio and new media. Through a programme of screenings, masterclasses and unique events with industry professionals, Cinemagic enables participants from all backgrounds to develop an understanding of these media, unlocking the power of their imaginations and their full potential, through screen and sound, in fun and interactive settings."

Jacqui Mc Crum, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, AIB Group said ‘AIB is committed to supporting community based, children focused initiatives. Cinemagic is successful because it allows children of all ages access the world of film and television, and we are delighted to once again be part of the sponsorship team'

This year the Festival is also working in partnership with Dublin City Council Arts Office.  During the Festival workshops will be run which have been designed specifically for young people aged 15 - 18 yrs old. Screenagers (a practical, fun, challenging course with an emphasis on developing story and character) and Special Effects Make-up with the MakeupFabLicious Academy. Also in partnership with the Dublin City Council Arts Office the Festival will present Young Urban Arts which will support 50 young people to participate in the Festival Masterclass Programme which will take place in the Burlington Hotel and are open to youth projects in the city's neighbourhoods

"Dublin City Council is delighted to work in partnership with the 2010 Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People. It complements our existing film development programmes and offers young people further opportunities to make their own films, train with experts from the industry, or simply enjoy and appreciate wonderful films" said Sinead Connolly, Acting City Arts Officer Dublin City Council

2010 Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People in association with AIB Bank will run from 5th - 12th May 2010 in various venues around Dublin.
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