18 young people from Northern Ireland, aged 18-25, have called ‘action’ on a new film production with support from Cinemagic, Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund and Panavision.

The film ‘Delicate Things’ is the culmination of a short film academy that has been running in Belfast over the last 3 months.Under the guidance of industry professionals, the young filmmakers had the chance to develop their talents and skills on the locally made production which features young actor James Stockdale (A Christmas Star) and well known Northern Ireland born actor Ciaran Mc Menamin (Primeval, Shooting for Socrates).

The young people who make up the production crew have participated in a programme of intense and practical training through Cinemagic masterclasses and workshops led by professionals mentors including BAFTA winning and Oscar-nominated Northern Ireland filmmaker, Michael Lennox; Casting with Hubbard Casting, Acting with Bronagh Waugh and Film Production with Jessica Malik and Gareth Ellis-Unwin.

Delicate Things, written by Maire Campbell (A Christmas Star, Punch) tells the story of the Wilson family who have their happy world blown apart one fateful morning.

Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “The short film academy supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund and Panavision provided young filmmakers from Northern Ireland with an invaluable insight to all aspects of filmmaking and the essential skills required in different areas from story development to production. I would like to congratulate all of the young crew and the cast who worked so hard and were completely dedicated to the project. We look forward to showcasing the film later in the year.”

Gavin Humphries, Film Partnership Manager at Creative Skillset said: “Northern Ireland is increasingly home to some of the biggest films and TV shows in the world. Building local talent and crews is vital to support those productions. Cinemagic are helping do just that by offering local young people this fantastic opportunity.”

John Higgins from Panavision said “Panavision were once again delighted to provide cameras and lenses for Cinemagic’s project ‘Delicate Things’. Cinemagic’s programmes help inspire and educate young people who have an interest in film, a philosophy which mirrors Panavision’s own initiatives and investments in new filmmakers worldwide. “

This programme is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery, through the Skills Investment Fund.

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