NI leaders meet stars in LA

Published Tuesday, 11 March 2014
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Northern Ireland's leaders have attended an event showcasing the work of young people participating in the Cinemagic festival in Los Angeles.

NI leaders meet stars in LA
OFMDFM meet Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid, actress Courtney Cox, + Cinemagic's CEO (© Presseye)

First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness posed for photos with Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and Johnny McDaid, who is currently dating former Friends star, Courtney Cox.

The Scream star also joined her new beau for a pic in the LA sunshine.

Young filmmaking talent from NI are in the American city to celebrate the 5th Cinemagic LA Film and Television Festival for Young People.

The festival is a celebration of the magic of film and television which aims to educate, motivate and inspire young people, aged four right up to 25, and from all backgrounds.

The jam packed programme of events includes screenings, workshops, industry master classes and filmmaking projects.

During the festival, young people will get insights into organisations including The Jim Henson Company, HBO and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Speaking at the event, the First Minister Peter Robinson said that the NI Executive had invested in the creative industries sector "to ensure we have the people and the infrastructure to produce world class productions."

"Northern Ireland's creative industries sector is continuing to grow at a remarkable pace creating employment opportunities for hundreds of people and generating millions of pounds in our local economy.

"The creative skills and experiences our young people gain through Cinemagic and working with industry experts leaves them well placed to follow their chosen career."

Large scale productions in the north of Ireland like HBO's Game of Thrones and Hollywood films like Dracula confirm our global appeal as a filming location.

Martin McGuinness, deputy First Minister

"Cinemagic provides valuable opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to engage with the film and television industry," Martin McGuinness, deputy First Minister added.

"The Cinemagic festival will inspire and motivate our young people to get involved in the creative industry. Working with people from different backgrounds develops our young people's creative and social skills. Cinemagic through their work initiate conversations between young people and relationships are formed that will contribute towards building a united community.

"I thank Cinemagic for their foresight and hard work which has resulted in over half a million children and young people having the opportunity to get involved, take on responsibility and build their confidence," the Sinn Féin MLA added.

NI's leaders are on a five day visit to America in a bid to strengthen business and tourism links with the country. The trip involves visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, to attend meetings with potential and existing investors.

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Brian in Belfast wrote (260 days ago):
They're not smiling, but laughing at all the mugs who voted for them and the taxpayers who work hard just to get them their wee holidays. Thankfully, I don't vote.
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