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The Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People has returned to Dublin for it’s 12th year and will run from the end of May throughout June.

The opening film of the 2019 festival will be an Irish Premiere of Racetime, which has been described as a ‘a wild adventure through the trials and tribulations, passions, joys and little victories of childhood.’

The premiere will take place on the 28th May at 7pm in ODEON Point Square.


Cinemagic will also bring a whole range of new family films to the ODEON which will be shown over the June bank holiday weekend, such as Dino King: Journey To Fire Mountain; Ötzi And The Mystery Of Time as well as Belle And Sebastian.

Other highlights from this year’s programme include a number of new elements added to the programme and visits from representatives from Aardman Animations, Brown Bag Films and Cartoon Saloon.

Joan Burney Keatings, Chief Executive, Cinemagic said that she is, “really excited about this year’s line-up of diverse, creative film opportunities.”

A new screening series entitled Talking Pictures will offer the chance to view Irish movies with talks from filmmakers and film professionals involved in the productions such as Frank Berry, Carmel Winters and Lee Cronin to name but a few.

“We are looking forward to meeting lots of festival goers and celebrating film talent across a wide range of disciplines and in doing so helping to educate, inspire and motivate young people.” Burney Keatings added.

Talking Pictures

A series of film screenings and talks with filmmakers and film professionals celebrating Irish filmmaking talent and offering advice and top tips for young people with an interest in a career in film.

Shorts for Shorties

A new addition to the programme this year will be a collection of new short animations designed to appeal to young children.

They express colourful, exciting and easy to follow stories, either in English or with no dialogue.

Movies for Kids

Young film buffs will be spoilt for choice as the festival invites them to immerse themselves in a myriad of movies all screening at the ODEON Point Square over the first weekend of the festival, the 1st and 2nd of June.

Creativity Corner

Lego Animation workshops will take place over the course of the festival with Joel Simon and ‘Model Making’ with Aardman Animations, where participants will learn how to make their very own Feathers, Gromit or Shaun the Sheep character.

Mårten Jönmark, Brown Bag Films (Doc McStuffins, Peter Rabbit) will host a storyboarding workshop sharing skills on telling stories visually and Caoimhe Ní Bhrádaigh, Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner) will present a workshop exploring the science behind the magic of animation.

Film Juries

The Festival is recruiting three film juries for June to watch new films from around the world, take part in in film reviewing and critiquing workshops and meet like-minded young people.

For more information email for details on sessions for 8—11 yr olds, 12-14yr olds and 15-18yr olds.

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