'X Factor' host to launch children's film festival

'X Factor' host Dermot O’Leary will launch an award-winning children’s film festival tonight.

'X Factor' host Dermot O’Leary will launch an award-winning children’s film festival tonight.

Cinemagic in Dublin, 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 people from four to 25 years-old, the nine-day festival will be staged at locations around the capital.

It promises a vast array of films, workshops for schools, and a cross-border jury panel to create opportunities, entertain, and motivate those interested in film.

A television presenting masterclass will be held 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 Ned O’Hanlon (Vertigo 2005: Live From Milan), and radio producer Terry Christian (The Word, talkSport) will also give expert advice on their fields.

The masterclasses will take place in Spencer Dock, The Mill Theatre and Filmbase and the film programme is screening in MoviesDundrum and Cineworld, Parnell Street.

O’Leary, patron of the Coca-Cola Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People in association with Spencer Dock, will launch the event at MoviesDundrum, at the Irish premiere screening of 'Summer Of The Flying Saucer'.

Directed by acclaimed Irish filmmaker Martin Duffy, the young cast and crew from the film including Robbie Sheehan, Dan Colley and Joanne Kiernan will be at the cinema to answer questions from the audience.

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 Ireland and the UK.

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.

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