posted on March 13th, 2018

‘Trainee Filmakers’ Wins At World Documentary Awards

Cinemagic’s short documentary film, ‘Trainee Filmmakers’, has won a platinum award at the recent World Documentary Awards in Bali. ‘Trainee Filmmakers’ is a short ‘behind the scenes’ documentary linked to Cinemagic’s second feature film GRACE AND GOLIATH, due out later this year. It is a comedy about an American film star whose world comes crashing down, and who finds himself lodging in the home of a working class family in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The film is written by Omagh born Maire Campbell and produced by Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings MBE. Cinemagic patrons include Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, Paula Malcomson and Julian Fellowes, to name a few.

A number of these high profile patrons feature in the ‘Trainee Filmmakers’ documentary including Liam Neeson, Saoirse Ronan and Paula Malcomson. Ian McElhinney narrates the short film. Grace and Goliath is the second feature film to come from Cinematic following the success of ‘A Christmas Star’ in 2014-15. The project offered an invaluable opportunity for young filmmakers from both Northern Ireland and Los Angeles to work across a range of disciplines including directing, production, costume and make-up, sound, lighting and music composition.

A special preview screening of the documentary ‘Trainee Filmmakers’ will be aired during Cinemagic’s Festival in Los Angeles on 15th March 2018 to an audience of celebrities, film and music industry executives at the annual Cinemagic Los Angeles Showcase event in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows, Santa Monica.

Established almost 30 years ago, Cinemagic is an award winning Belfast-based charity and is the largest film and television festival designed for and by young people in the UK and Ireland. Cinemagic offers young people real skills and opportunity. They embrace the magic of film, television and digital technologies, as well as educating, motivating and inspiring young people through film screenings, industry workshops, practical masterclasses, filmmaking projects and outreach activities.

Sammy Nutt from Killaloo, just outside Derry/Londonderry, director of ‘Trainee Filmmakers’ one of Cinemagic’s greatest success stories said “Cinemagic breaks down boundaries, promotes inclusion, and introduces young people to other cultures, languages and traditions. It’s absolutely thrilling to see how our young trainees have gone on to work with various film and television companies such as the BBC, HBO, Disney, Sky Atlantic, RTE, and Bedlam Productions.”

Sammy Nutt is a former Cinemagic participant and took part in the organisation’s music directing talent lab workshop with the esteemed music/tv director Hamish Hamilton over 12 years ago. Sammy was chosen as the most promising director out of his class and took part in Cinemagic’s Young Filmmaker competition. He subsequently went on to secure a work placement as one of the directorial assistants at The Brit Awards in 2006 and 2007. Now based in London, Sammy works as a director in prime time broadcast television, music promos, short films and branded online content with broadcasters, companies and brands such as the BBC, ITV, MTV Networks, Universal Music, Sony Music, American Airlines, Budweiser and Cadbury. He is working with talent such as Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Ariana Grande, Russell Brand and Simon Cowell.

The last few years have been a particularly exciting time for Cinemagic.They have firmly established annual Cinemagic Film and Television Festivals in Belfast, Dublin, London, Paris, Los Angeles and New York, with over 40,000 young people participating in their events each year. They have produced two feature films; secured worldwide distribution for ‘Christmas Star’ ; developed two “behind the scene” documentaries, produced over 45 short films; supported over 150 young trainees to work in the film and television industry; and we are now planning the world premiere of ‘Grace and Goliath’ later this year

To view the official trailer too ‘Trainee Filmmakers’, the behind the scenes documentary of ‘Grace and Goliath’, please check out: