Young Ben’s ‘critical’ role at film festival

A young Letterkenny schoolboy is among 25 young film enthusiasts from across Northern Ireland and Ireland selected to become ‘film consultants’ and help select a series of films for this year’s Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival for Young People.

A young Letterkenny schoolboy is among 25 young film enthusiasts from across Northern Ireland and Ireland selected to become ‘film consultants’ and help select a series of films for this year’s Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival for Young People.

The event takes place in Belfast from 16th November- 2nd December and among the select group of film enthusiasts is 10-year-old Ben Roarty from Letterkenny, Ben is a pupil of Gaelscoil Adhamnain, Glencar.

2011 marks the 21st Cinemagic Film Festival and plans are under way to create a very special festival programme that will include over 170 film screenings from around the world and over 70 different workshops, competitions, masterclasses and exciting film related events for schools, young people (aged 4-25) and families. The Festival will culminate with a gala awards ceremony in Belfast City Hall where the winning films in the festival will be announced and young talent recognised.

Over the course of a three day workshop at the end of July, the Cinemagic young consultants worked with the Cinemagic team in Odeon cinemas Belfast, to help steer the choice of films for the 21st Anniversary Festival, as they watched and critiqued films from around the globe.

Chris Shaw, Cinemagic Film Programmer said “The Cinemagic Young Consultants programme is a great opportunity for young film fans to meet other likeminded people and have fun deciding the content of the largest film festival for young people in the UK and Ireland. Cinemagic is dedicated to providing new and exciting opportunities for young people with all interests in film, whether they want to enjoy new films or take their interest to a new level and explore career paths in the film industry.

The young film consultants had the opportunity to watch and review films that they would not normally have access to and they were provided with lots of opportunities for discussion and debate. The panel will also help with the marketing and promotion of festival events from September to November and we are looking forward to working more with our 2011 consultants over the coming months.”