Cinemagic Belfast

The 32ND Cinemagic International Film Festival for Young People presents a month-long programme of unmissable opportunities for families, schools, young adults, and young filmmakers back in cinemas and online 1st-31st October!  Cinemagic Festival is funded by The Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen, funded by Belfast City Council and Tourism Northern Ireland. Cinemagic is supported by the BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund, awarding funds from National Lottery. View Festival Films Trailer

After a mostly digital programme in 2020, the festival’s return to venues includes Belfast’s UIster Museum, Odeon Cinemas and Queen’s Film Theatre. The Cinemagic’s streaming platform will play a significant part in screening the festival’s world cinema programme, with brand new titles for all ages to enjoy, and a catalogue of films released weekly.

The 2021 Cinemagic Belfast Festival line-up features film previews of The Boss Baby 2: Family Business and Dear Evan Hansen in Odeon Cinemas, and in person special guests who will inspire young audiences include Aardman Animation, BBC Writersroom, three-time Emmy award winning Casting Director, Carla Stronge, writer and children’s media creator, Laura Henry- Allain MBE, Presenters Gyasi Sheppy, Katy Ashworth, Joanna Adeyinka-Burford, and Director Jeroen Jaspaert (Stick Man, The Highway Rat, Pip & Posy).

A trio of film critic events, come to Queen’s Film Theatre on 30th October with Cinemagic welcoming four of the UK’s leading film critics and broadcasters, Mark Kermode (BBC Radio 5 Live), Anna Smith (Girls on Film Podcast), Rhianna Dhillon (BBC6 Music) and Ali Plumb (BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra). Actress Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter film series) will join the Girls on Film live festival special celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone on screen, unpacking the wizarding saga’s influence on the ‘Harry Potter Generation’.

Industry talent presenting online Talent Lab Masterclasses include Art Director, Mary Florence Brown (Don’t Worry Darling), Director Thaddeus O'Sullivan (Stella Days, Citizen Lane), Documentary Filmmaker and Photojournalist Fiona Lloyd-Davies (Licence to Kill), Multi award and BAFTA winning director Kim Longinotto (Shooting The Mafia), Writer Directors Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson (The Salisbury Poisonings, Rough), Writer Director Mark Jenkin (Bait) and Producer Director Brendan Byrne (Maze)




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