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South Belfast students make movie magic

by Natalie Irvine

Budding teenage movie-makers from south Belfast have helped create a short film for UTV — after taking part of an international film project with young people from New York Los Angeles, Dublin and Donegal.

Culture Minister Nelson McCausland dropped in to see the film ‘magic’ being created by Ashleigh McCracken, 17, and Emmet O'Hagan, 15, at the Cinemagic Film Camp workshops, taking place at the Crescent Arts Centre last week.

Speaking after the visit, Mr McCausland said: “This film camp is a unique opportunity for young people to share experiences and learn about each others cultures, whilst showcasing Belfast as a city of culture, arts and innovation.

“It is also just one other example of how Cinemagic continue to use the magic of film and all forms of moving image to entertain, educate, motivate and inspire young people.”

The purpose of the Cinemagic’s film camp which ran for five days in the city last week, was to give local young filmmakers from different cultural backgrounds the opportunity to work shared goal and encourage interaction through the medium of film.

Ashleigh and Emmet joined 18 other young film enthusiasts aged between 15 and 19, armed with the task of creating a short film in Belfast under the guidance of a director, writer and director of photography who worked intensively with the young people each day.

Joan Burney, Cinemagic Chief Executive, said “Cinemagic has engaged with various groups of young people at festival events in New York, Los Angeles and Dublin earlier this year and one of our aims was to offer young people from across Belfast the opportunity to work with others from different cultural backgrounds, to create channels of communication and interaction between them and to do this through the medium of film.”

As well as being screened on UTV, the short film will be shown on the big screen during the Television Festival for Young People in Belfast in November.

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