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Tom Vaughan-Lawlor launches programme for Cinemagic

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Film and Television Festival for Young People

Award-winning Love/Hate actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor was in Dublin recently to launch the programme for the 2014 Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People, aged 12-25, can look forward to a fantastic feast of film events in April and May as the festival returns with its 7th Dublin festival programme.

To mark the festival launch, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor took time out of his busy schedule to host a Q&A with Cinemagic participants at The LAB in Dublin, to give an insight to the world of acting and to share top tips on how to follow a career in the creative industries.

Speaking at the event Tom said, “I am delighted to be able to spend time with the young people at Cinemagic, to give an insight to the world of acting and the processes involved in it. It is important to help educate young people about the roles and careers that exist in the creative industries and in doing so help nurture and develop new talent. The Cinemagic programme has a wealth of film and television related events which provide excellent opportunities for the young people of Dublin.”

Other launch film events were hosted in Cineworld, Axis Ballymun, and The Base Ballyfermot in partnership with Dublin City Council Arts Office. The Festival programme offers an eclectic mix of masterclasses, films, educational workshops and film reviewing panels.

The Talent Lab Masterclass and Q&A series for 16-25 year olds will be hosted in Filmbase (14-16 April) and features film and television industry professionals such as Director Ian Fitzgibbon (Death of a Superhero, Moone Boy 2), Director Ben Kellett (BAFTA winning Mrs Brown’s Boys, The Armstrong and Miller Show), Oscar nominated and IFTA winning filmmaker and director, Steph Green (New Boy, Run & Jump), IFTA winning Director of Photography Seamus Deasy (The General, The Tiger’s Tail), Casting Director Louise Kiely, (What Richard Did, The Sea), and Presenter Aisling O’Loughlin (TV3 News, Xpose)

Alongside the masterclasses, Cineworld Cinemas will play host to a season of recent Irish made feature films that will be introduced by cast/crew (14-17 April). They include Death of a Superhero (Dir: Ian Fitzgibbon), Jump (Dir: Kieron J.Walsh), What Richard Did (Dir: Lenny Abrahamson) and The Sea (Dir: Stephen Brown)

In May, Budding film critics (aged 12-18) can further their skills by participating in the annual cross-border film jury panel ‘CineFocus’ in Filmbase, which offers young people the chance to watch a series of films and critically review them!

School workshops and special events in the education programme (12-16 May) will engage young people through moving image, stimulate discussion about social issues and provide opportunities to learn from top film and television industry professionals.

Highlights include Online Journalism with Film Ireland, The Original Screenplay with The Writers Guild of Ireland, Filmmaking with Young Irish Filmmakers, Respect Creativity & Protect Copyright with The Industry Trust, Film Classification with IFCO, Science Fiction Genre Study with Euroscript, ‘Future’ Film Directing with The Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, World War I and Film with History Live, Film and Folklore with Jack Lynch and Creative Writing with Fighting Words.

The ‘Industry Spotlight’ workshops feature ‘Inside News’ at TV3, Special Effects Make-up with MFK Institute, Animation with Oscar Nominated studio Cartoon Saloon and VFX with Academy and BAFTA award-winning Visual Effects studio Double Negative.

Northern Irish made and highly acclaimed film hit, Good Vibrations, will feature in the education programme with an introduction by BAFTA nominated screenwriters Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson. Young film fans will also have the chance to see Irish made family drama, Eliot & Me, and meet the film’s director, producer and young star Ella Connolly; and Director Johnny Gogan will lead a discussion after the screening of his film Black Ice, a story of youthful misadventure set in a border community against the backdrop of the Irish economic crash.

The culmination of the festival will be marked with the inaugural Cinemagic Gala Awards Ceremony in Dublin Castle on 13 June. The achievements of young people will be recognised and there will be a showcase of Cinemagic’s far reaching festival outreach work and young talent from ‘Cinemagic Stars’ musical theatre workshops.

Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive said “With support from our funders and partners including the Department of Education and Skills, and Dublin City Council we are delighted to present our 7th festival for 12-25 year olds in venues across Dublin. Our programme has a vast range of films from around the world and our comprehensive education programme and talent lab masterclasses will give young people a valuable insight into various film and television disciplines”.