The achievements of Northern Ireland’s young film stars will be celebrated in Los Angeles this Thursday (December 10) with the LA premiere of Cinemagic’s “A Christmas Star” at the legendary TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Representatives of the film, including young cast and artists, will make the journey from Belfast to the US to share the film’s story and bring it to new audiences.

The world premiere of A Christmas Star took place at the Odyssey Cinemas Belfast in front of 2,500 film fans and was a huge success last month and is currently showing in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

The The festive tale, set in Northern Ireland, is narrated by Liam Neeson, with guest appearances by Kylie Minogue and guest appearances by Dermot O’Leary and Julian Fellowes .

The film’s soundtrack is an original song we can shine written by Ryan McGroarty and a team of youngsters and performed by Zena Donnelly.

A Christmas Star tells the heartwarming story of Noelle, a fiery young man who embarks on a magical journey to save her village’s pottery factory.

Innovative Film Production gave aspiring young actors the opportunity to work on a film production and gave young filmmakers the opportunity to work in all departments of the film, including cinematography, editing, costuming, production, locations, continuity and more.

Over 40 would-be crew members, aged between 18 and 25, were mentored by industry professionals as they worked side-by-side on this film, gaining valuable experience in all aspects of filmmaking.

Cinemagic CEO Joan Burney Keatings, MBE, said: “We are so proud of every person involved in bringing A Christmas Star to life.

“This gives Cinemagic the platform to showcase the creativity and talent of our young people. Thank you to everyone who supported the project and made it possible for us to give our young people such a great opportunity.

“We look forward to sharing the story with the Los Angeles audience and industry representatives who continue to support Cinemagic’s work.”

Norman Houston, Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau said: “It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Cinemagic on bringing this unique and truly inspiring project to our screens.

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  • “Cinemagic has long been the outlet for some of Northern Ireland’s most creative talent and deserves all the praise it has received from film and television stars.

    “The experiences gained by the children involved in this production will undoubtedly contribute to the growing strength of Northern Ireland’s creative industries.

    “Cinemagic has been changing lives for 25 years and this latest project, which captures the magic of Christmas, will inspire many young people and generations to come. We have a bright future to look forward to.”


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