Cinemagic Film Festival is looking for 20 young people, aged 18-25, for a new film project supported by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council.  The initiative will engage with young people to form a trainee production crew for a short film which will be showcased locally, nationally and internationally.


The project is funded by the PEACE IV programme, a cross-border initiative, financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). It has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. Match-funding for this project has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.


Budding filmmakers will have the chance to learn about the film industry and develop their talents to earn a credit on the local production being filmed from 30th March to 4th April 2020.


Cinemagic is looking for committed, talented and creative young people who will gain access to industry professionals during and prior to making the short film.


The successful applicants will participate in a compulsory programme of intensive and practical training through masterclasses and workshops led by the professional mentors.

The opportunity will provide the young filmmakers with an invaluable insight to all aspects of filmmaking and the essential skills required in each area. The young people will be assigned individual roles on the film crew and must ensure that they are available on the following dates: 11 February, 19 February, 30 March-4 April 2020.


Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “We look forward to meeting and working with young talented and creative young people who are interested in the film industry and want to share ideas and learn from industry professionals. We are looking for young people from all backgrounds to come together and work on a common goal and illustrate what can be achieved working as a team on this innovative opportunity.” 


Vincent McCann, Programme Manager, The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre said “The Home of St Patrick Festival is delighted to be working with Cinemagic on an exciting film project for young people from the ABC area. Filmmaking offers a unique, safe and accessible space for people to explore their stories and the stories of their communities. It is a space where the only limitation is your imagination!”


How to apply: All training and filming delivered by Cinemagic will take place in the Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council area. Young people are expected to make their own way to and from training and filming each day. No previous experience necessary. You must be able to commit to the programme for its duration. 

Interview date 11 February 2020

Peace and Reconciliation Workshop 19 February 2020

Pre-Production and Film Shoot 30 March-4 April 2020

Please download application form HERE or email Please note that applications must be received via email by the deadline of noon on 27th January 2020.


This project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Press Information: Claire Shaw, Cinemagic Press & Marketing Officer, 028 90311900,

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