Carn girl is budding movie maker

Twelve budding filmmakers aged 16-25 from all over the north west - including Inishowen - participated in a week long film-making activities under the guidance of Northern Visions and Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival as part of a week long summer television documentary school last week.

Marie Matthews from Carndonagh, along with young people from Lisburn, Belfast, Ballymena, Donegal, Greenisland and Derry spent the week working on a sports themed documentary. Industry professionals lending their support to the school included Brian Henry Martin, Doubleband Films and Paul Reilly, Reporter and Presenter, ITV Daybreak Northern Ireland. The filmmaking project is part of a series of film activities entitled ‘Now & Then: Our Journey’, a programme that is part of an initiative 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.

Dugald Mackie, Chair of Legacy Trust, 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.”

Marilyn Hyndman, Northern Visions said: “We are delighted to part to support young people to gain skills in digital media.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to try out filmmaking in a supportive environment and to contribute to Northern Ireland’s celebration of the 2012 Olympics”

Joan Burney Keatings, Chief Executive of Cinemagic said: “This is the third year of activities and 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 young people, to develop their creative skills and to celebrate the various themes around the Olympics.

The summer television documentary school will give young people an insight to the filmmaking process and will focus on areas such as camera, sound, interviewing and directing.”

For further information on ‘Connections’ and Legacy Trust visit