Young Filmmaking Talent Celebrated at Annual Cinemagic Competition

Group Photo - Cinemagic Film Festival

Cinemagic received over 700 entries to the 2023 Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Competition and the winning filmmakers were awarded at the weekend at a special ceremony that marked the culmination of this year’s Cinemagic Festival.


Highly Commended (Runner-Up) *AN* (Dir: Rui Wang)
Winning Film *DEALING BUSINESS* (Dir: Jacob Abban William O’Connor)


Highly Commended (Runner-Up) *I WILL ONLY DANCE LATER* (Dir: Joana Caiano)
Winning Film *DISTURBED* (Dir: Liam O’Brien)


Highly Commended (Runner-Up) *ALL IN A DAY’S WORK* (Dir: Elena Ruiz Amann)
Winning Film *A STICKY SITUATION* (Dir: Pete Wormington & Brandon Hamilton)


Highly Commended (Runner-Up) *HOW TO BUILD A LIFE* (Dir: Matthew Reese)
Winning Film *SPIKED* (Dir: Ruby Warren & Mariella Southern)


Highly Commended (Runner-Up) *TO THE BRINK* (Dir: Hugo Docking)
Winning Film *SKETCHBOOK* (Dir: James Watt)


Highly Commended (Runner-Up) *TERRAR* (Dir: Evan Chapman
Winning Film *GHOST INSURANCE* (Dir: Django Pinter)


Highly Commended (Runner-Up) *SUONG* (Dir: Evan Preston)
Winning Film *HANGNAIL* (Dir: Grace Connor)

The Festival programme funded by the Department of Communities through Northern Ireland Screen, offered unmissable film opportunities over the last four weeks, for young people, families, schools, and young filmmakers, with over 100 events in Ulster Museum, Queen’s Film Theatre, The Belfast Barge, Strand Arts Centre, Black Box, Accidental Theatre and Odeon Cinemas Belfast. Cinemagic is also funded by Belfast City Council and funded by Film Hub NI through the BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund, awarding funds from National Lottery.

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