On The Pulse Festival Offers Window to the World.

The 3rd Cinemagic ‘On the Pulse’ short film festival presents a digital edition running until 31st March. The Festival, celebrating the short film genre, is funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen, and presents an online programme of unmissable films for children, families, schools, young adults and young filmmakers, as well as a film surgery and a masterclass and q&a series for aspiring film, television and media creators.

The film programme offers a cinematic window to the world presenting a diverse range of storytelling, celebrating universal stories of youth and youth perspectives. The Cinemagic selection of short films is multi-genre including documentary, drama, comedy, horror and animation. There are themes of inclusivity, the world today, young protagonists overcoming challenges, and stories of celebration and heart-warming tales. There is also a collection of the winning and highly commended films from the 2020 Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Competition, showcasing talent from the UK and Ireland. Film programme https://filmfestival.cinemagic.org.uk/ Click here to view film programme trailer.

16–25-year-olds have the opportunity to participate in bitesize online workshops, tutorials and q&as which are a must for aspiring creatives. The series running from 25th March features Podcasting with Phil Reynolds, Advertising Art Direction with Matthew Pinder, Directing Video Campaigns with Ivor Baddiel, Animation Writing and Directing with Ben Smith, Writing and Directing with Will McGregor, Creating YouTube Content with Ryan Hollinger, Writing for Short Form Film & Television with Matt Greenhalgh, Creating Content for Film & Television with Julia Horcajo, and the ’I Have An Idea’ panel where young people can put forward questions and discussion topics to a panel of industry representatives focusing on writing, funding, exhibition and IP awareness. Workshop programme https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/cinemagic-on-the-pulse-festival-32746406425

Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic CEO said “The Festival has been designed to motivate, educate and inspire young people from all backgrounds. With funding support from the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen, the programme offers a contemporary season of the very best international short films for young audiences as well as showcasing shorts made by local filmmakers.

The digital programme allows access to new films online, so attendees can enjoy the experience from the comfort of home, as well as providing a platform for stimulating debate and discussion with jury panel discussions. On The Pulse also illustrates the importance of short filmmaking in the development of practical skills and in the development of sustainable careers in the creative industries and I encourage young creators to get involved in the vast array of opportunities on offer this month”.

Festival Player https://filmfestival.cinemagic.org.uk/

Workshop Programme https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/cinemagic-on-the-pulse-festival-32746406425

Ends://Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press & Marketing Officer, claire@cinemagic.org.uk

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