Over 500 primary school pupils from the Larne and Carrickfergus areas have taken part in a Cinemagic World Cinema Day
The young people from Olderfleet Primary School, Moyle Primary School, Larne and Inver Primary School, Mullaghdubh Primary School, Eden Primary School, St Nicholas Primary School, Acorn Integrated and Woodlawn Primary School had the chance to view the Japanese animation, Ponyo, from acclaimed production company Studio Ghibli.
The pupils had the chance to hear about world cinema and film reviewing with pupils giving their reviews and feedback to Cinemagic after the film.
Representatives from JAM Media animation studio gave pupils an insight to the world of animation filmmaking and talked to the young people in Larne Omniplex about the various roles in the film industry.
The events focused on the ethos of Cinemagic which is to promote and celebrate diverse and international children’s films and the aim was to develop and nurture a broader appreciation, understanding and love of film as well as celebrating the stories, peoples and cultures from around the globe.
Linn Primary School hosted a film jury day, where pupils watched a series of short films from around the world before learning the mechanics of film criticism and film reviewing.
Sean Boyle of Cinemagic said: “With support from AES and Arts and Business Northern Ireland, we were able to work directly with nine primary schools in Carrickfergus and Larne to bring the Cinemagic Festival experience to their local areas, introducing over 500 young people to world cinema and film reviewing. For the majority of schools, this was the first time they watched a foreign language film and teachers were introduced to using film and film reviewing in the classroom as a way of promoting literacy.”
Davy Elliott, AES, the owners and operators of Kilroot and Ballylumford power stations, said: “Our partnership with Cinemagic has allowed us to engage with the local community and in particular develop new activity for primary schools in Carrickfergus and Larne to offer them an arts experience which is both fun and educational.”
Heather Carr, Arts and Business NI said: “The Investment Programme allowed Cinemagic and AES to extend their reach to the local community and highlight the benefits of the arts world and the business world working in partnership.”