Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People offered 15-18 year old school pupils a special insight to the world of sports presenting at a workshop with BBC Northern Ireland presenter Denise Watson on 28th January 2010.
The workshop held in The Spectrum Centre, Shankill Road, Belfast was part of a series of sports-themed film activities entitled ‘Now & Then- Our Journey’, an initiative that is part of a programme led by Northern Ireland Screen for the Legacy Trust UK Connections Programme.
The Programme is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from, the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and is managed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Joan Burney Keatings, Chief Executive of Cinemagic said: “The sports presenting workshop was the second in a series of events that aim to inspire and motivate young people throughout Northern Ireland in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games. The aim of ‘Now and Then - Our Journey’ is to offer fun-filled, educational events for schools, and to celebrate the various roles within the sports industry as well as the many sports films made for young people. The workshop with Denise Watson gave young people an insight to sports journalism and the mechanics involved in the industry. Over the next two years young people throughout Northern Ireland will be able to participate in additional film and media related events, masterclasses in digital filmmaking and a film camp organised by Cinemagic, Northern Visions and The Nerve Centre.”
Dugald Mackie, Chair of Legacy Trust UK, said: “The Games are about more than sport. They are a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland to millions of people across the world. We believe that these projects will inspire and encourage people throughout Northern Ireland to get involved and will help leave a lasting legacy for the region.”
For further information on ‘Connections’ and Legacy Trust visit www.legacytrustuk.org