Cinemagic on the search for #CYF2018 – Cinemagic Young Filmmaker 2018! 

PressEye: Pictured (l-r) are young filmmakers Holly McLaughlin (12, from North Belfast) and Thomas Purdy (17, from North Belfast).

Have you a talent for making short films? Do you have stories to tell that others need to hear? If you’re aged 25 or under, living in the UK or Ireland, and passionate about creating short films then you could be the #CYF2018 – Cinemagic Young Filmmaker 2018!

The #CYF2018 – Cinemagic Young Filmmaker 2018 competition is now open for entries.  All types of film will be considered; fact, fiction, comedy, drama, news programme or documentary, as long as it is original and not longer than 10 minutes.

Chris Shaw, Cinemagic Programmer, explains how to get involved and what will happen if your short film gets selected for screening.

“Cinemagic Young Filmmaker 2018 will take place during the Cinemagic Festival in October.  Every year the young filmmaker competition receives hundreds of entries from young people wishing to share their stories with a wider audiences.

“As well as celebrating their work, showcase events allow young directors to view films made by their peers while creating opportunities to network and talk movies. At the showcase events the shortlisted films will be presented before the 2018 winners are announced.”

Chris adds, “A digital filmmaking prize will be awarded for the best film in each age and genre category.  Winning entries will then progress to be screened as part of the ‘In Competition’ section of the Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People in 2019.

“Young filmmaker entrants will also be given the opportunity to take part in a series of Cinemagic workshops and masterclasses with renowned members of the film and TV industry.”

The deadline for competition entries is 31 August 2018.

To find out more and download a competition entry form please check out

The annual Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People takes place in Belfast from 5 to 28 October 2018.  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.

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

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