Cinemagic Cross Border Short Film Academy Call for Participants 2023


Cinemagic has launched its search for a young trainee film production crew for the 2023 Cross Border Short Film Academy supported by The Department of Education Ireland. From July to September, a series of film masterclasses and pre-production masterclasses will culminate in the production of a short film made by teenagers in Belfast under the guidance of industry professionals.

Participants, from Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, aged 15-18, will have the chance to develop their talents in a range of production areas and earn a credit on the production. Cinemagic is looking for committed, talented and creative young people.

The successful applicants will participate in a programme of practical training and the opportunity will provide the young filmmakers with an invaluable insight to all aspects of filmmaking and the essential skills required on set.

Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “With thanks to funding provided by The Department of Education we look forward to offering this valuable skills development programme. We are looking forward to meeting and working with young talented and creative teens from all over Ireland and Northern Ireland, who are interested in the film industry and want to share ideas and learn from industry professionals. We are looking for young people from all backgrounds to come together on a cross-border project and work on a common goal and illustrate what can be achieved working as a team on this innovative opportunity.”

How to apply: Please complete the application for 2023 Cinemagic Cross Border Film Academy Application Form  and return to by noon on 10th July. Interviews for places on the project will take place on the morning of 13th July. There is no cost to participating in the programme however participants will be required to arrange their own travel and cover the cost of travel to the in-person events in Belfast.

 Key dates are as follows:


7th August ZOOM- 11am-12.30pm PRE-PRODUCTION

24th August ZOOM- 1 hr PRE-PRODUCTION


8th and 9th September PRODUCTION/FILM SHOOT

Press Information: Claire Shaw, Press and Marketing Officer,


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