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Pierce Brosnan and Cinemagic Come to Pepperdine

On February 22nd, Pepperdine University hosted the Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival for Young People. The charity, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, works to educate and inspire young people through teaching them about the movie industry. Cinemagic brought teenagers from Downtown Los Angeles and Ireland to Pepperdine for a series of lectures, exclusive screenings, as well as an appearance from Pierce Brosnan. The actor answered questions directly from the students and took pictures with the students from his native Ireland. Pierce Brosnan lent his support to the 3rd Cinemagic Los Angeles Film and Television Festival for Young People which took place February 20th-25th 2012. Brosnan attended the VIP Opening Night at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica, CA as well as spoke to students at Pepperdine University.

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival founded in Belfast, Northern Ireland worked in partnership with a number of film and television organizations in Los Angeles that included The Jim Henson Company, Walt Disney Animation Studios, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, HBO, 20th Century Fox, Remote Control Studios, Pepperdine University, New York Film Academy. Variety and Inner-City Arts to entertain and educate hundreds of young people through film and offer them the opportunity to attend educational Q&A’s, film screening, workshops and special events with leading industry professionals such as Cinemagic patron Pierce Brosnan.

The opening of the festival was marked with a VIP evening in association with Ray Garcia’s Fig Restaurant and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica at which the action packed 6-day program of events was officially launched. Attendees at the opening heard from Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings and 10 teenagers from Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland who were representing Cinemagic in Los Angeles.

The Cinemagic Festival gave young people the opportunity to work with others from different cultural backgrounds and to create new channels of communication through the medium of film. The workshops helped develop not only the young people’s film making skills but also their inter-personal skills, and the overall process of film viewing contributes to a deeper understanding of cultural difference.”

Pierce Brosnan, Cinemagic patron said “I am delighted to be joining Cinemagic once again to share my experience in film and television with students from Ireland and Los Angeles. Cinemagic offers a unique educational experience to students who might otherwise not receive the chance to learn about the entertainment industry."

About Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival for Young People
Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival for Young People, based in Belfast (Northern Ireland), is an award winning charity that embraces the magic of film, television and digital technologies to educate, motivate and inspire young people through the medium of workshops, film screenings and industry led masterclasses.

Established in 1989, with the first Festival in 1990, Cinemagic has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in children’s programming. It is also recognised for its ability to engage young people, stimulate discussion on social issues and provide opportunities to learn from leading film and television industry professionals.

Over the course of the last twenty years the Festival has grown and expanded beyond all expectations. In addition to Belfast’s annual Festival in November, festival events are now delivered in Dublin (Ireland), Glasgow (Scotland), Nottingham (England) and Castres, (France) and the USA since 2010.

Designed for and by young people, the Cinemagic programme caters for 4 – 25 year olds through an array of preview screenings, workshops for schools, themed film events, Q&A sessions, a Young Filmmaker Competition, a Festival Jury and masterclasses in various aspects of television and filmmaking. There is a public screening programme in the Belfast and Dublin Festivals that is open to everyone regardless of age.

Industry professionals that have supported the Cinemagic Festival include Aardman Animation, Brian Cox, Brian Freisinger, Christine Blundell, Ciaran Hinds, Colin Hanks, Dame Helen Mirren, Danny Boyle, David Arnold, David Parfitt, David Perry, Dermot O’Leary, Gerard McSorley, Hamish Hamilton, Jenny Beavan, Julian Fellowes, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Lindy Hemming, Mark Kermode, Mike Hodges, Mike Leigh, Patrick Bergin, Pierce Brosnan, Ralph Fiennes, Ros and John Hubbard, Roy Disney, Sir Alan Parker, Stephen Rea, Stephen Warbeck, and The Jim Henson Company.

To find out more about the Cinemagic Los Angeles Film and Television Festival please visit www.cinemagic.org.uk or email Shauna@cinemagic.org.uk to register your interest in participating.

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