The Cinemagic International Film Festival for Young People has launched its annual Young Filmmaker Competition for 2008.The judges are looking for imaginative and original short films made by young people to be showcased as part of the Festival which takes place in Belfast from 13th- 30th November. The Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Competition is free to enter and it is open to young people from across the UK and Ireland aged 4-25 years old.
Cinemagic is dedicated to supporting and encouraging young filmmakers and each year the standard and quantity of films submitted is getting higher and higher. Chris Shaw, Cinemagic Festival Programmer encourages young filmmakers to get involved:
â€œThe annual Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Competition offers young people from across the UK and Ireland the opportunity to submit their films to Cinemagic and have them judged by a panel of industry professionals. Whether you are a first-time filmmaker or developing your skills in filmmaking the competition offers a great platform to showcase your work. The short-listed films in a number of categories will then be screened during the festival. Applicants to the competition will also have the opportunity to participate in a festival masterclass of their choice and attend a series of festival films.â€
The deadline for entries to the Cinemagic Young Filmmaker Competition is 31st October. Please send a VHS or DVD copy of your film with a completed entry form to Cinemagic Young Filmmaker 2008, Chris Shaw, Cinemagic, 49 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JL. Films should be no longer than 15 minutes. Entry forms and regulations can be downloaded from cinemagic.org.uk