Dublin to debut children's film festival

An award-winning children’s film festival is being held in Dublin for the first time, it was announced today.

An award-winning children’s film festival is being held in Dublin for the first time, it was announced today.

'Cinemagic', which has run in Belfast for 18 years, will feature an eclectic range of films and masterclasses with a host of film and television personalities.

Targeting young people from four to 25 years-old, the event will be staged at locations around the capital for one week from April 23.

'The Coca-Cola Cinemagic Film & Television Festival for Young People', in association with Spencer Dock, will also include a series of educational films and workshops for schools and a cross-border young jury panel to try and create opportunities, entertain, and motivate those interested in film.

Highlights include a television presenting masterclass with Laura Woods (RTÉ), while Rachel Kavanagh (Fair City), Matt Littler (Hollyoaks), Tara Leniston (Meet Me in Miami), and Chris Rankin and Jamie Yeates (Harry Potter: movie series) will give tips on acting.

Director Dave Caffrey (Monarch of The Glen), television and music producer with Ned O’ Hanlon (Vertigo 2005: Live from Milan), and radio producer with Terry Christian (The Word, talkSport) will also give expert advice on their fields.

The full programme will be launched on Thursday February 28, in MoviesDundrum, Dundrum Town Centre.

'Cinemagic' Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings, said the new Dublin event follows its success in Belfast.

“Cinemagic uses the magic of film, television and all forms of moving image to educate and inspire young people, and we look forward to engaging with new audiences through this fun-filled cross-border initiative,” he said.

Established in 1989, 'Cinemagic' has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in children’s programming. Over the last 18 years the annual festival has grown in stature, gained international recognition and is now the largest festival of its kind in the UK and Ireland.

Catering for all young people with any range of film and television interest, whether they want to watch and enjoy, create their own work or take things a stage further and find out more about a possible career in the film or television industries.

Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes, Lindy Hemming, and Dermot O’Leary are among the famous faces who have previously given their time and shared their knowledge and skills with young people across Ireland and the UK.

Mo Durkan, of title sponsor Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland, said the development of young people’s skills and knowledge in the field of arts and culture is of paramount importance.

“Cinemagic plays an important role in Coca-Cola’s commitment to the youth community programmes that we support in Ireland in 2008 and this exciting and motivating initiative for young people has great potential to grow year on year,” she added.

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