Local Event: Cinemagic Festival


CINEMAGIC Film and Television Festival programme returns from 9th October until 4th November with a jam-packed programme, filled with events aimed to motivate, educate and inspire young people! 

The festival Opening Night Preview is the magical fantasy adventure, Pan (9thOctober), directed by Joe Wright and starring Hugh Jackman and this year’s closing film preview is the World Premiere of Cinemagic’s own feature production A Christmas Star (4th November), featuring a host of film and television professionals and young actors from Northern Ireland and Ireland!

Festival Industry hosts from the world of film and television include the Oscar-nominated music composer, Alan Silvestri, (Forest Gump, Captain America and Back to The Future); animator and director, Christian De Vita (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Frankenweenie, Yellowbird) and film critic master, Mark Kermode, who returns for the 11th visit to Cinemagic with his festival pick The Others on Halloween night!

Film Programme

Animated films from around the world include Yellowbird, a fabulously vibrant and indulgent tale of adventure, introduced by the film’s director; T-Pang Rescue, a South Korean animated comedy mystery; Triple Trouble, a wacky, fast-paced, laugh out loud cartoon; The World of Goopi and Bagha, a magical Hindi version of a classic Indian children’s story; Asterix and Oblix: Mansion of the Gods, based on the Franco-Belgian comics; The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow, a fantastical anime; and Adama, a beautiful French-made poignant tale of love and sacrifice set against the backdrop of the First World War. A Best of Fest strand will showcase the short film selection of the festival with stories from Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Mexico and Spain!

Live action film dramas include How to Steal a Dog, an ideal movie for young mischief makers; Imba Means Sing, the powerful documentary about one little boy, a drummer from the African Children’s Choir, as he grows up in the slums of Kampala; Labyrinthus, a smart, visually inventive movie, which is a must for games fans; Ghosthunters, a perfect spooky tale for the autumn starring Milo Parker (Mr Holmes); Mara and the Firebringer, a time-travelling, mythological  adventure; and The Island of Secrets, an intriguing mystery following international treasure smugglers!

Classics, The Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, will delight young audiences and the young at heart! Workshop screenings include Pinocchio, with puppet character design; The Little Mermaid with early years drama ‘under the ocean’; and 101 Dalmations with ‘make your own pup’ arts and crafts.

The over the top, fantasy adventure Masters of the Universe and much-loved The Goonies celebrates cinematic treasures; Young Sherlock Holmes, delivers an ‘old school’ special effects spectacle; Back to The Future returns for a 30th Anniversary screening with an Alan Silvestri Q&A, and the timeless Donnie Darko makes a big screen come-back!

For more information about the festival’s line-up, check out their website.

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