Cinemagic, the flagship Belfast festival for children and young people returns with an action-packed 30th Anniversary Festival programme throughout all of October. Young audiences can travel the world from their cinema seats and celebrate stories, peoples and cultures from around the globe with a diverse cultural film programme across Odeon Cinemas, QFT, Crescent Arts Centre and Strand Arts Centre, showcasing the very best of world cinema, big studio previews, director talks, education programmes, workshops with film and television industry professionals and the annual ‘CineSeekers’ and ‘CineFocus’ film juries which offer participants a chance to become movie reviewers and choose the winning films of the festival!

As a proud media partner, Ni4kids can exclusively reveal that 2019 highlights include the Gala Opening movie from Universal Pictures ‘Abominable’ and movie screenings in the quaint and cosy surroundings of No Alibis Book Store in Belfast in the ‘Tales at Twilight’ series featuring The Water Horse, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Parent Trap and The Bridge To Terabithia, all featuring introductions from authors, storytellers and special guests. Highlights of the Festival in The Ulster Museum include family screenings of Grandpa’s Great Escape, Pete’s Dragon and Aardman Animation’s A Grand Day Out & A Close Shave. Accessible screenings include The Secret Life of Pets 2, Aladdin and Toy Story 4. The annual Cinemagic Pyjama Party returns with episodes of kids’ favourite pre-school series In The Night Garden and creative workshops include ‘Farmageddon’ Aardman model making, claymation, props making, sfx make-up sound design, poster making, puppet making and voice acting! Cinemagic will be hosting a 30th Festival Birthday Party in The Ulster Museum, with a fun-filled afternoon featuring a music concert by Tom Sweeney and lots of celebrations, and at the gala closing of the festival in Belfast Cathedral, festival goers will be treated to a special screening of all time favourite family film, The Wizard of Oz.

To kick start the launch of ‘Cinemagic30’ the festival is presenting two extra special screenings and Q&As in Queen’s Film Theatre with actor Tchéky Karyo (BBC’s Baptiste) on September 21 & 22 respectively. The first screening Vincent and Me was the first film ever screened at Cinemagic and the second movie Belle & Sebastian is the classic French family drama based on the beloved children’s TV series.

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