Cinemagic Online-Weekly Newsletter


Like many of our fellow film festivals and arts organisations the next few months will see us switching focus to produce a lot more online content. We are fully committed to continue to provide our audience with a programme of high quality films, practical creative opportunities and film education resources.


We have launched our annual call for young film enthusiasts to take on the role of ‘film consultants’ this July to help programme a series of films for the annual Cinemagic Festival that will take place in October-November 2020.This year due to the current social distancing guidelines we will be going online. Young programmers will get the opportunity to view films from home before debating and making their selections via interactive forums and workshops led by the Cinemagic programming team. If you know a budding film critic who would enjoy the opportunity to help to decide the content of the largest film festival for young people in the UK and Ireland please let us know! The young consultants programme is open to all young people from Northern Ireland and Ireland. For more information please email



Our next on-line film jury programme is available for film fans from Monday 11th May – Sunday 17th May. ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? HORROR SHORTS: A collection of new short films to elicit chills and thrills, and some that may even make you laugh! From ghost stories, to killer thrillers and with a good splattering of body horror there’s something here for all fans of the macabre. To sign-up please email and we’ll send you the registration form followed by the screening links and passwords. This opportunity is open to our audience in the UK and Ireland.

The #StayAtHome Movie Show is a new online YouTube series for our Young CineSeeker Reviewers to critique the latest films you can enjoy from home. 
We have been working with young movie fans from throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland to produce the series. Check out shows 1-4 below. 
Show 1 Link – Aaron, JT, Jules and Olivia review TROLLS WORLD TOUR 
Show 2 Link –  Charlotte, Anna, Aaron, Clara and Lucia review LADY AND THE TRAMP
Show 3 Link –  Erin, Grace and Evie review POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU
Show 4 Link – Molly and Aeryn review SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
If you know of any young reviewers who would like to get involved with future editions please contact us by emailing

We are pleased to announce we have been allocated an award from the Arts & Business NI Family Engagement Seed Fund to deliver an Online Short Film Jury Programme ‘Marvellous Misadventures’ to engage the families of business employees as they balance home-working and home schooling. For further details and to find out how businesses can get involved please contact us by emailing



In these unpredictable times of self-isolation and containment; and with our new, vital stay at home perspective; we want to create a positive and genuine project that celebrates ideas of community, togetherness and a shared love of cinemas.  Although we can’t physically visit our local picture house, we can take time to think about why we love cinemas and what we love about them. Perhaps cherished memories of a first visit; or the people we watch movies with; or an important weekly ritual that excites, thrills and astounds us. 

We are inviting young writers and illustrators (aged: 16-25) to submit a piece of work that represents their passion for cinemas and cinema culture. For writers this can be a short essay, story (500 words max.) or a poem. For illustrators this can be a drawing or visual representation; perhaps a portrait of a cinema, a cinema worker or something more experimental and abstract. 

We plan to celebrate, document and preserve a number of the submitted pieces into a printed work titled ‘Projections from Isolation’. This opportunity is open to young writers and illustrators throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. Deadline for entries 6th June. To register email


We are looking for young people to become official Cinemagic ‘Blogstars’ to write movie reviews and film focused articles for the Cinemagic Website. If you’ve a passion for writing, journalism and film criticism then this is a perfect opportunity for you showcase your work and creativity. For more information please email

The Cinemagic Festival is funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by the Department for Communities, funded by Belfast City Council and funded by Department of Education and Skills.

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