Launch of ScreenSkills Mentoring Programme in association with Cinemagic

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People has launched its call-out for 18–25-year-olds to apply for the ScreenSkills Mentoring Programme. The initiative supported by ScreenSkills as part of the BFI Future Film Skills programme using funds from the National Lottery is being delivered for the first time in Northern Ireland. It will offer sixteen 18–25-year-olds an opportunity for career mentoring in Film Exhibition, Film Production, Event Management and PR/Marketing.

The ScreenSkills Mentoring Programme in association with Cinemagic will run over eight months and successful individuals will benefit from one-to-one training and practical, hands-on skills development opportunities with the award-winning youth film festival charity, which aims to inspire and motivate young audiences through the medium of film. The Cinemagic Belfast Festival is the leading film and television festival for young people in the UK and Ireland.

Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings MBE commented ‘Cinemagic’s ethos to motivate and inspire young people is embedded in everything the organisation does. We are delighted to be the first organisation in Northern Ireland to offer mentoring with ScreenSkills’ support to individuals who wish to gain insight to careers and roles in the film industry. It will be a chance for participants to broaden their knowledge and understanding in areas such as Exhibition, Production, Events and PR/Marketing and get to grasp with the challenges and practicalities involved in this exciting and rewarding industry.’

Gareth Ellis-Unwin, ScreenSkills Head of Film and Animation, said: ‘We are really pleased to be funding Cinemagic to deliver this mentoring initiative to support the development of talent in Northern Ireland. Our programme has always been open to those based in Northern Ireland and it is great to be now partnering on the ground to help talent across film exhibition, film production, event management and PR and marketing. Combined with the offer of practical experience alongside all the benefits we know mentoring brings, we are sure this will be an invaluable opportunity for the chosen mentees.’

To apply to become a mentee in the ScreenSkills Mentoring Programme in association with Cinemagic please complete an Application Form and email it to by 18th February 2022.


Press Information:

Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press Officer

028 90 311 900

 About ScreenSkills

ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen  industries – animation, film, games, television, including children’s TV, unscripted and high-end, and VFX. We are supporting continued growth and future innovation across the whole of the UK by investing in the skilled and inclusive workforce who are critical to the global success of the screen sector. We are supported by industry contributions to our Skills Funds – Animation, Children’s TV, Film, High-end TV and Unscripted TV, and by the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds to deliver its Future Film Skills strategy, to help people get into the industry and progress within it.  


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