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05/10/2011

Stars Come Out For Cinemagic's 21st

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Northern Ireland movie enthusiasts can look forward to a colourful feast of films in November as the Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People launches its highly anticipated 21st Festival programme.
(Pictured: Actor Liam Neeson with Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic, and Maire Campbell, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland. Photo by James Higgins)
Co Antrim's own Liam Neeson and young filmmakers from Belfast officially launched the new programme that includes more than 100 films from around the world, many of which are UK/Irish special previews.
With over 60 workshops, competitions, masterclasses and exciting film related events, Cinemagic will welcome a host of both international and local industry professionals to the Festival.
They include; highly acclaimed film music composer Patrick Doyle, (Thor, Rise of The Planet of the Apes), Belfast actor, Martin McCann (Killing Bono, Clash of the Titans), BFI associate tutor and Alfred Hitchcock historian, Sandra Shevy, BAFTA award-winning director, Aisling Walsh, (Song for a Raggy Boy, Wallander), Oscar-nominated writer Tim Loane (Dance Lexie Dance), Coleraine actress Michelle Fairley (Best: His Mother's Son, Game of Thrones), costume designer, Susan Scott (Parked, Cupcake), and returning for a sixth consecutive year, respected film critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode will be 'in conversation' with the Belfast audiences ahead of a screening of The Buddy Holly Story and a special book signing.
Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic Chief Executive said: "Cinemagic is extremely proud to present its 21st Festival offering a huge range for film and television events for young people.
"Funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL and with Title Sponsor Coca-Cola, and all sponsors, Cinemagic is able to create new opportunities for young people through moving image and in doing so, inspire, motivate and educate."
Gillian Shields, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland Ltd, added: "This year's festival will provide participants with the opportunity to gain exciting and practical experience in many arts based disciplines, using the magic of film and moving images to inspire and fuel creativity.
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Coca-Cola is delighted to support activities for the 12 - 25 age group such as the exciting range of movie screenings and the Talent Lab masterclass programme for 16-26 year olds, which provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn and gain experience from industry experts.
"I would like to congratulate Cinemagic on another action packed programme and wish everyone participating a very enjoyable and rewarding 21st Anniversary festival," she said.
The Coca-Cola Cinemagic Festival opens in Belfast on 16th November and runs for 17 action packed days and nights until 2nd December 2011.
(BMcN/BMcC)
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