The festival provides an opportunity for Northern Ireland’s young people to get hands on-experience in film making and understand how films are animated, directed, classified and promoted. Each year the festival uses film, television and all forms of moving image to entertain, educate, inspire and broaden understanding and awareness of the media industries among young people aged between 4-25 years.

It is now the largest children and young people’s film event in the UK and Ireland, engaging with over 500,000 young people and screening over 3,000 films. Thousands of young people have gone on to have very successful jobs in the industry.

Speaking at an awards ceremony to celebrate the work of the festival, the Minister said: “Through this festival, Cinemagic continues to inspire young people to find something exciting, create something new and do something different. It ensures our next generation think in new ways and bring new ideas and creativity to enrich our society and drive change.

“Cinemagic is designed for and by young people and is driven by their interests and enthusiasm and I am pleased that my Department has been able to provide support for this project. It is very important to spend time learning and making future plans when you are young, but equally important is taking time to reflect on your achievements. I welcome the opportunity to be here this evening to celebrate these achievements and I hope that Cinemagic will continue to thrive and celebrate another 20 years of success.”

The festival programme also included an array of preview screenings, workshops for schools, special film events, Q&A’s, a Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Competition, and a masterclasses in all aspects of television and filmmaking.

Kathleen Marshall will replace Paula Jack on the Review Team and their reporting timetable has been extended until June 2011.

David Ford said: “I sought views from the Review Team regarding its composition and timeframe and I listened to the points they raised. One was around perceived independence and to address that issue Kathleen Marshall will join the Team.

“As someone who has written and spoken extensively on children’s issues and served on a number of bodies concerned with the rights of children, Kathleen brings a wealth of experience to the role.”

The Minister thanked Paula Jack for her contribution to the initial workings of the Review Team and welcomed that as Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Agency, she will continue to be available to them in an advisory capacity.

David Ford said: “I have also agreed to extend the Review Team’s timetable by three months until June 2011.

“Since being elected Justice Minister, I have set out a wide ranging programme to reshape the justice system and this review will play a fundamental part of that agenda.”

November 2010
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