Cinemagic Returns

A still from Kauwboy

Belfast Coca Cola’s Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival Returns


Film fans and budding filmmakers can look forward to a fantastic feast of films in November (19th-29th) when the Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People returns.

The Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival, funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL, includes fantastic film previews from around the world, including gala opening Pitch Perfect, Rise of The Guardians, What Richard Did, Gambit, A Letter to Momo, Chasing Ice, a retrospective on the Coen Brothers, Director Q&A’s and education and industry workshops.

Industry events

Throughout the Cinemagic Festival young people can participate in industry events including the Talent Lab masterclasses.

Public Film Programme

The Coen Brothers spotlight features a preview of Gambit (Odyssey Cinemas), a remake of the 1966 crime caper The Last Station, starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, comedy-thriller, The Big Lebowski (Black Box) and adventure-comedy Raising Arizona (Strand Cinema)

The Grand Opera House will host new Irish made cinema offerings including Dollhouse, which follows a night in the life of a group of street teens from Dublin’s inner city; Milo, a tender story that examines identity and family, boasting an eclectic international cast; Babygirl, bitter-sweet drama about a teen, trapped in an unwanted love-triangle; and highly acclaimed What Richard Did directed by Lenny Abrahamson which will mark the opening of the Takeover Film Festival (Queen’s Film Theatre) co-ordinated by young people with support from Queen’s Film Theatre and Cinemagic.

World Cinema, in Queen’s Film Theatre, not to be missed includes German drama Lessons of a Dream, Kauwboy, 17 Girls, You and Me Forever, A Secret World, Kid Thing, Arcadia, Chasing Ice, and A Letter to Momo (Odyssey Cinemas).

The focus of the families on screen strand Little Miss Sunshine and The Royal Tenenbaums (Strand Cinema) will give audiences a chance to revisit two of the most successful quirky comedies in recent years.

Education Workshop Programme

Workshops and special events in the education programme include short film production, a history of silent film with Dr Des O’Rawe, creative storytelling with Tim Loane, Irish History Live and Film- A Night to Remember, Bringing Cinema alive with music with Dirk Brosse, Director Q&A with Ross Ashcroft (Four Horsemen), Horror Film Genre with Ian Long, From stage to screen with Rosie Pelan, Film Classification with BBFC, Director Q&A with Sean McAllister (Inside the Arab Spring), Pitch That Brief with Brian Henry Martin, TV Presenting with Alison Fleming and Paul Clark, Spanish short film showcase with Roberta Quance, Chasing Ice and Climate Change discussion, Gasland and Friends of the Earth discussion, Director Q&A with Martin Wallace (Small Creatures) Ulster Youth Choir, the voice and special effects with Dominic Peckham, Director Q&A with Phil Harrison (The Goodman),and short film showcases from around the world!


The Cinemagic November Festival Jury is open to young people aged 12-18 who are passionate about film watching and reviewing. The young jury members will watch and review all of the festival films in competition as well as announcing the winning festival films at the Gala Awards Ceremony.
Email to register for a place on the jury panel before 12th November.

Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive said

“With support from our funders and title sponsor Coca-Cola we are delighted to present our Festival for 12-25 year olds in venues across Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland. Our film programme has a vast range of films from around the world, many of which are special previews and our comprehensive education programme and talent lab masterclasses will give young people a valuable insight into various film and television disciplines”.

Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen said:

“Northern Ireland Screen is delighted to see the eclectic programme of screenings and educational events at the Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast this year for the young people of Northern Ireland. Through our continued core funding, supported by DCAL, Northern Ireland Screen acknowledges the Cinemagic Film Festival in Belfast as a key component in our efforts to achieve our goal of making a significant contribution to film culture, education and training. We send our sincerest good wishes to Joan and her team for another successful festival.”

Gillian Shields, PR Executive, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland Ltd, said

“Coca-Cola is proud to sponsor the 12-25 year olds Cinemagic Festival Programme and to support the valuable work it does once again this year. This year’s festival will provide participants with the opportunity to gain exciting and practical experience in many arts based disciplines, giving a unique insight into the world of film and television and showcasing the many and varied talents in Northern Ireland”

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People is funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by DCAL, and Belfast City Council, Northern Ireland Tourist Board and DSD.

To view the Cinemagic Festival Programme online visit