PressEyePress Eye – Belfast – Northern Ireland – 15th June 2018
Pictured are (l-r) Lucia Hassard (9, from Lisburn); Anna Takavarasha (11, from South Belfast); Mollie Takavarasha (10 from South Belfast); and Jack
Hassard (11, from Lisburn)

Cinemagic is looking for young film enthusiasts to take on the role of ‘Young Film Consultants’ in Belfast this July. The group of 8 to 18-year olds will help programme films for the annual Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People, which takes place in Belfast from 5 to 28 October 2018.

The Young Film Consultants will watch and critique films from around the globe and then work with the Cinemagic team to select films for the Festival.

Chris Shaw, Cinemagic Programmer, discusses the opportunity: 

“If you are a budding film critic and would enjoy the opportunity to meet other like-minded young people and have fun deciding the content of the largest film festival for young people in the UK and Ireland, then we want to hear from you!

“We are looking for young people, aged between 8 and 18, to join our annual Young Film Consultants panel, one of the longest running initiatives in the award-winning Cinemagic Festival. As a Young Film Consultant you will have the opportunity to watch and review international films guided by the Cinemagic team. There will be lots of discussion and debate around what you like about the films, what you don’t like, the strength of storylines, the stylistic approach, the subtext and wider programming considerations.”

Chris adds: “The young consultants are grouped into three different age categories; 8-11, 12-14 and 15-18, as the nature of the film content varies across these age ranges.”

Holly McLaughlin (age 12) from Belfast who was one of last year’s Cinemagic Young Film Consultants talks about the experience: 

“I absolutely loved being a Cinemagic Young Film Consultant! I was able to watch a whole range of different films and discuss the parts that I liked and that made me think. It was also really interesting to explore how the images and music combined to create certain effects or draw out specific emotions. I learned a lot.  Also, spending time with people who have a similar interest was great. I would really recommend the experience.”

The Young Film Consultants Programme is open to all young people from Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. So, if you love film and are interested in discussing and debating within a group setting, please download and complete a registration form available from the Cinemagic website or request a form by emailing

Post your completed registration to Cinemagic, Young Film Consultants, 49 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JL or email it to

The cost to participate is £20 per person (if paying online there is a £2 booking fee) payable along with registration.

Young Film Consultants will meet on the following dates in The Crescent Arts Centre, University Road Belfast, as per age category and participants must be available for both dates in their group:

  • 8-11 year olds: Sunday 22nd July & Monday 23rd July10.30am-4.00pm
  • 12-14 year olds: Tuesday 24th July & Wednesday 25th July10.30am-4.00pm
  • 15-18 year olds: Thursday 26th July & Friday 27th July10.30am-4.00pm.

The Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People is funded by Northern Ireland Screen supported by the Department for Communities, and funded by Belfast City Council.

Cinemagic loves the magic of film and television and recognises its power to educate, motivate and inspire young people. Cinemagic first started working with young people in 1989 and since then has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in children’s programming.

To date Cinemagic has engaged with over 500,000 young people, screened over 3000 films, and hosted over 500 masterclasses, workshops and special events. Cinemagic’s film production projects have received international acclaim for their ambition, quality and reach.

Cinemagic patrons include Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, Paula Malcomson and Julian Fellowes, to name a few.


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