Cinemagic Online-Weekly Newsletter

TUESDAY 26TH MAY  – MONDAY 1ST JUNE

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.

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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UPLOAD, DOWNLOAD

Cinemagic is on the look out for youth groups and community groups across Northern Ireland to register their interest in a new project ‘Upload Download’. The summer project will give participants the chance to view new films programmed by Cinemagic. The films will offer the opportunity to experience diverse storytelling and filmmaking from directors around the world. 

‘Upload, Download’ supported by The National Lottery Community Fund will focus on a number of strands – one of which is the summer programme that will present a series of online film screenings and activities for community groups and youth groups, to inspire, motivate and educate participants. It will give those involved a platform to access youth focused content to support memorable learning and help develop life skills. 

The call-out is open to 4-25 year olds with films for different age groups and a youth or community leader is required to register on behalf of the group for a minimum of 6 x participants. To register or find out more please contact us via the link below.

UPLOAD, DOWNLOAD has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players.

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THE CINEMAGIC PREVIEW SHOW

The Cinemagic Preview Show is a new online YouTube series where young film reviewers critique the latest releases.

We have been working with young reviewers from throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland to produce the series. Check out shows 1-4 below. 

Show 1 Link – SEA FEVER

Show 2 Link –  THE RUNAWAYS

Show 3 Link –  THE COUNTY

Show 4 Link – THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON

If you know of any young reviewers who would like to get involved with future editions please contact us via the link below.

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CINEMAGIC TV

Check out our Youtube Channel ‘Cinemagic TV’ where we have uploaded a number of our outreach short films, original films, interviews, workshops and highlights from past festivals. Over the next few months we will also be uploading lots of new content focusing on online tutorials and workshops. The link below will take you to the channel where you can subscribe. 

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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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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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CINEMAGIC PRODUCTIONS:

A RETROSPECTIVE SERIES

SASHA OF THE SEA (2018) 

Over the next few weeks we will be showcasing a number of our in-house short films in the ‘Cinemagic Productions: A Retrospective Series’, where we will revisit and celebrate the talents of the young filmmakers we have worked with over the years. First up we have short drama SASHA OF THE SEA from 2018.

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