Are you under the age of 25 and looking for some cinematic fun? Yes? Then keep reading; below are details on a packed programme of masterclasses, workshops and education/public film screenings.

Young people can look forward to a fantastic feast of films in May as the Coca-Cola Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People returns with its 6th Dublin festival programme for 12-25 year olds.

The Festival reaches out to young people to give them an insight to the film and television industry and offers film fans of all ages a chance to view classic and new movies from around the world. The May workshops are divided into two main strands, The Talent Lab, in The Burlington Hotel (masterclasses/Q&A’s for 16-26 yr olds) and the Education Programme (for 12-18 yr olds). As part of Cinemagic’s outreach programme there will also be a series of Talent Lab events in the F2 Centre Rialto and The Base Ballyfermot.


Budding film critics can also further their skills by participating in the annual public cross-border jury competition in Filmbase which offers young people the chance to watch a series of short films and hear how to critically review them! The public screening programme in Cineworld themed on giants of genre has a feast of film delights for movie enthusiasts to enjoy such as the classic musical/horror Little Shop of Horrors, war epic, Empire of The Sun, memorable sci fi pic A.I. Artificial Intelligence, landmark 80’s action filled adventure, The Karate Kid, the unforgettable cult classic for students, Robocop, and gangster favourite Bugsy Malone.

Talent Lab

Throughout the Cinemagic Festival young people can participate in industry events including the Talent Lab masterclasses and Q&A’s, featuring Directing with Lenny Abrahamson, casting with John and Ros Hubbard, Film Production with Gareth Ellis-Unwin (Bedlam Productions) and Jessica Malik (Pari Passu Films) Television and Music Production with Ned O’Hanlon, Writing and Directing for Film with Aisling Walsh, Film Production with Terry Bamber and Directing/Acting with David Caffrey and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

Education/Workshop Programme

Workshops and special events in the education programme include Avengers Assemble & Film Stunts Demo with Eimear O’Grady, The Stunts Guild of Ireland, The Film Review with Film Ireland, Groundhog Day & Mapping The Weather with Nuala Carey, To The Arctic IMAX & Conserving the Home of The Polar Bear with WWF UK, Exploring Short Films- Animated Antics, Special Effects Make-up in film with Makeupfablicious, Film Classification with IFCO, and Acting with Aidan Dooley.

Other highlights include Troll Hunter & Storytelling/Folklore with Jack Lynch, The Crucible & From Stage to Screen with Christina Matthews, Eco-Unesco Bio-diversity workshop, Digital Photography, Inside News with Bob Hughes and Yvonne Doyle, Acting for Silent Film, Creative writing with Fighting Words, Pitch That Brief with Brian Henry Martin, Storytelling with Birch Hamilton, Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, Cinemagic Stars- musical theatre workshop in a day with Maire Campbell, History Live: World War II & Empire of the Sun, Horror Shorts Showcase, Moonrise Kingdom & screenwriting with The Writers Guild of Ireland.

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