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Cinemagic Film Festival returns for its 33rd magical year

Autumn sees the return of the popular film and television festival for young people.

The 33rd Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People Belfast will offer a programme of unmissable opportunities for families, schools, young filmmakers and movie fans this October/November with over 200 events in Ulster Museum, Queen’s Film Theatre, The Belfast Barge, Strand Arts Centre, Black Box, and Odeon Cinemas Belfast. The award-winning Festival will also visit towns across Northern Ireland with its Young Audiences Supporting Foodbanks film initiative.

Festival goers will have the chance to experience a thought-provoking world cinema programme that spotlights youth issues and social issues, an extensive education programme, talent lab industry masterclasses sponsored by Belfast Harbour, classic and brand-new family and teen films, the Cinemagic Young Filmmaker weekend, and Film Jury panels for young film critics.

The 2022 Cinemagic Festival line-up will feature film previews from all over the world including Opening Preview Mia and Me: The Hero of Centopia, live-action/CGI musical comedy, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, based on the best-selling book series, and the adventure-filled world premiere of Future TX introduced by writers and directors, Tim Clague and Danny Stack.

Television will also be represented. Blue Peter Editor, Ellen Evans, will host a Q&A about her job looking after the longest-running children’s tv show in the world, and Film Critic, presenter and author Ian Nathan will be ‘in conversation’ with Brian Henry Martin about Ian’s latest book, James Cameron: A Retrospective, and Derry Girls Director Michael Lennox will give an insight to working on Channel 4’s hit comedy.

You can download the full programme here.

Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic CEO said “We are extremely excited to present this year’s Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast - the 33rd edition! After months of hard work amid a difficult landscape for everyone, we are proud to share an uplifting and inspiring programme filled with Talent Labs, Film Previews, Industry Talks, workshops and competitions. As an innovator in the field of youth film exhibition and engagement with the screen industry, we are providing a unique window to the world and celebrating stories from all walks of life. With continued support from our funders, Cinemagic can motivate young audiences, nurture skills, and develop tomorrow’s creative workforce. I encourage festival supporters and new audiences to get involved this autumn.”

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