dce Sponsor 4th Cinemagic New York Film Festival

dce Sponsor 4th Cinemagic New York Film Festival 28 Sep, 2012

The 4th Cinemagic New York Festival returns from September 22nd-30th and its opening was marked with a special reception in New York City’s Hearst Tower, with Liam Neeson, a patron of the award winning young people’s film festival and young filmmakers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The opening reception was attended by invited guests and festival partners and the talented young filmmakers screened New York premieres of The Mantle and But What If? – short films made through Cinemagic projects this year.

Cinemagic are working in partnership with a number of film, television, arts and young peoples’ organizations in New York that include Sesame Workshop, HBO, New York Film Academy, Ghetto Film School, MOMA, and Manhattan Center, to entertain and educate young people through film, by offering them the opportunity to attend educational screenings and talks, industry workshops and special events with film and television professionals.

Short film, The Mantle, was produced by participants of Cinemagic’s International Film Camp that took place in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, in July of this year. The film camp participants had just five days to make the film mentored by industry professionals including, Director Michael Lennox (The Back of Beyond, Absence, Coming Up), Director of Photography, Ian Fox, (Night at the Museum II, The Incredible Hulk, Face/Off) and filmmaker Mark Jordan. Young filmmakers Robert Harvey, Lara McIvor and Rosie Carney, were present to introduce the film to the festival audience.

Young filmmakers, Joel and Nathan Somerville, introduced their film But What If? which secured first place in the 18-25 years category of Cinemagic and Titanic Belfast’s filmmaking competition ‘Castaway’. This competition, judged by Oscar winning screenwriter, Julian Fellowes, was themed on Titanic and organized to co-incide with the opening of the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction, in April of this year. New York Film Academy sponsored the competition with a scholarship for the winners. The filmmaking duos, who are brothers, will participate in a week long intensive filmmaking course at New York Film Academy in October.

Cinemagic Chief Executive, JoanBurney Keatings, MBE, said “With valued support from our partners, Cinemagic is delighted to return to New York to offer a series of film events for young people and to showcase the work of talented young people that have been involved with Cinemagic. Our aim is to create opportunities through film and in doing so educate, motivate and inspire, and the achievements of these young people demonstrates that. Young people who participate in Cinemagic have the opportunity to view film from around the world as well as develop filmmaking skills and by working with people from various cultural backgrounds it helps develop their inter-personal skills as well as a deeper understanding of cultural difference.”

Cinemagic Patron, Liam Neeson, said “Cinemagic is a great organization providing educational and cultural opportunities for young people on an international scale and bringing them together to inspire and motivate. For the last 22 years they have delivered some incredible work and I am very proud to be associated with them.”

Chief Executive of Data City Exchange, John Eland said “Data City Exchange (dce) are proud to support Cinemagic. This fantastic international project continues to go from strength to strength in the creation of global opportunities and collaboration for young people in the film and media industry. dce provide the IT infrastructure capable of supporting the future growth of the digital media and film sectors via our data centre platform deployed between the UK and USA.  Northern Ireland is a hotbed of film and digital media talent and Belfast is a key global delivery hub, for the forthcoming dce  media storage cloud platform, which will be delivered via our next generation data centres and underpinned by our low latency, transatlantic fibre network.”

Norman Houston Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau added “The magic of cinema has never been more alive than it is today, and it is now within reach for many young people of Northern Ireland because of the work of Cinemagic. It brings movie stars, scripts, the magic of behind the scenes to the next generation of visionaries and shows them that, through this particular artistic medium, they can show the world that they have something to say. The Cinemagic team works tirelessly to integrate cultures both North and South of the border in Ireland and now even to cultures across the Atlantic in New York and Los Angeles, where the young people get to share ideas and notions and dreams.”