Another festival selection

More great news about The Mountain Within – it has been selected for screening at the Coca Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People in Belfast.

Cinemagic is the largest children’s film festival in Great Britain and Ireland. It was established 20 years ago and has since developed a worldwide reputation for excellence. This year’s festival runs from 11 to 26 November.

We are delighted that The Mountain Within is continuing to attract festival recognition.

Details of the screening times and venue will follow once they have been announced.

Cinemagic is an award-winning organisation that uses the magic of film and all forms of moving image to entertain, educate motivate and inspire young people.

Established twenty years ago, Cinemagic has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in children’s programming and is currently the largest film event of its kind for young people in Ireland and the UK.

Designed for and by young people, Cinemagic caters for young people (aged 4 to 25) with just about every level of interest in film, whether to watch and enjoy, create their own work or take things a stage further and find out more about a career in the film or television industry.

Cinemagic strongly believes that film represents much more than entertainment – the medium of film offers the most accessible way to learn about and stimulate discussion among young people about the personal and world issues that are currently important to them.

Cinemagic hosts its annual film and television festival in Belfast every November as well as an annual festival in Dublin since 2008. In 2010 Cinemagic delivered festival events in New York and Los Angeles to mark the Festival’s 20th Anniversary. The Festival Programme includes an array of preview screenings, workshops for schools, special film events, Q&A’s, Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Competition, the young festival jury and masterclasses in all aspects of television and filmmaking.

Industry professionals that have supported the Cinemagic Festival include Aardman Animation, Brian Cox, Brian Freisinger, Christine Blundell, Ciaran Hinds, Colin Hanks, Dame Helen Mirren, Danny Boyle, David Arnold, David Parfitt, David Perry, Dermot O’Leary, Gerard McSorley, Hamish Hamilton, Jenny Beavan, Julian Fellowes, Kenneth Branagh, Lindy Hemming, Mark Kermode, Mike Hodges, Mike Leigh, Patrick Doyle, Ralph Fiennes, Ros and John Hubbard, Roy Disney, Saoirse Ronan, Sir Alan Parker, Stephen Rea, Stephen Warbeck, and The Jim Henson Company.

Every year Cinemagic recruits 25 young film consultants who play a significant role in the planning and promotion of each festival. The young consultants work with the Cinemagic team to help steer the choice of films for the Festival, as they watch and critique films from around the globe.

While the core festival events are in Belfast and Dublin, Cinemagic is equally committed to providing opportunities for young people in regional towns and cities across the UK. In the last three years Cinemagic has extended its reach to Manchester, Hereford, Glasgow and Nottingham with support from UK Film Council, and has developed a strong partnership with Castres Short Film Festival in France.

Over the last three years, funding from Northern Ireland Screen and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has enabled Cinemagic to provide primary and post-primary schools in Northern Ireland (45 to date) with the necessary support to run After School Film Clubs as part of extended school day activities.

Cinemagic is a member of ECFA: European Children’s Film Association

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