Cinemagic Online-Weekly Newsletter

TUESDAY 19TH MAY  – MONDAY 25TH MAY

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.

YOUNG CONSULTANTS 2020 IS GOING ONLINE!

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 contact us via the link below.

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FIDDLESTICKS – FEATURE SCREENING

AVAILABLE FROM 5TH-7TH JUNE ON QFT PLAYER / AGES: 5+

The CineSeekers Film Club is going online for the summer with QFT Player.

Cinemagic’s ‘CineSeekers Film Club’ is a monthly film event for young people. Programmed by Cinemagic and based in QFT, the club’s ethos is to promote and celebrate a diverse and varied range of international children’s films. By providing our young audience with a regular outlet for world cinema, our aim is to develop and nurture a broader appreciation, understanding and love of film; as well as celebrating the stories, peoples and cultures from around the globe.

FIDDLESTICKS – Fiddlesticks takes place in a small, ordinary town somewhere in Europe, a place that is so mediocre that it has become the stronghold for all kinds of market research! The consequence of this is that all the town’s old folk are being sent away in order to keep down the average age of the inhabitants. However, the town’s children don’t want to be used as guinea pigs anymore and decide to take action to save their grandparents.

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HAVING THE CONFIDENCE TO SAY NO-EDUCATION RESOURCES

In 2019/2020 Cinemagic worked with the Department of Education to produce a two-day pilot workshop for Primary 7 pupils around the theme of learning to confidently say NO to things you are uncomfortable with. The workshops were curriculum compliant and covered  aspects of Language and Literacy, the Arts, and Personal Development and Mutual Understanding. The programme – aimed to give pupils confidence and resilience as they prepare to transition to post-primary education – began with a mindfulness session, delivered by Mindfulness Connect, to discuss how to be confident and assertive whilst learning to control feelings.

Following this, and under the guidance of Cinemagic and facilitators from Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre, the young people learnt about the language and various aspects of film making with iPads creating short films around the themes of Bullying, Anti Social Behaviour, Social Media, Theft and Pressure. In total 8 schools across Northern Ireland were involved. A resource was also written by Dr Alan McMurray for teachers providing them with the support to deliver this project to incoming P7 groups. 

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It was fantastic working with all the schools and if you would like to view the finished films please click HERE. Great work guys!

MARVELLOUS MISADVENTURES

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 via the link below.

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‘PROJECTIONS FROM ISOLATION’

CALL OUT TO YOUNG WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS

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.

For more information please contact us via the link below.

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CINEMAGIC BLOGSTARS

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 contact us via the link below.

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