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Cinemagic Film Festival

Cinemagic Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary in October 2019, with a host of exciting, creative workshops and events for kids taking place in the Ulster Museum.

Sat 05 Oct 2019 - Sat 16 Nov 2019

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Cinemagic Film Festival for Young People’s 30th Anniversary Festival Programme comes to The Ulster Museum this autumn, with fun opportunities from the world of film and television not to be missed.

Highlights include family screenings of Grandpa’s Great Escape, Pete’s Dragon and Aardman Animation’s A Grand Day Out & A Close Shave.

Accessible screenings include Aladdin and Toy Story 4. The annual Cinemagic Pyjama Party returns with episodes of kids’ favourite pre-school series In The Night Garden and Creative workshops include Aardman model making, claymation, props making, sound design, poster making, puppet making and voice acting!

Cinemagic will be hosting its 30th Festival Birthday Party in The Ulster Museum, with a fun-filled afternoon featuring a music concert by Tom Sweeney and lots of celebrations for all the family!

Tickets can be purchased at See the full schedule of events below:



Pete’s Dragon

Sun 6 Oct

When: Sun 6 Oct, 12.30pm

Cost: £3.00

A Kind woodcarver delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods. His daughter Grace believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete, a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a ‘giant’! With the help from a young girl named Natalie, Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true. This live-action remake of the 1977 children’s classic is an emotional and adventurous tale of loss, independence and the bonds of friendship.

Dir: David Lowery – USA – 2016 – 102 mins – Cert: PG – in English


Cinemagic’s 30th Birthday Party with Music from Tom Sweeney

When: Sun 6 Oct, 3.15pm

Cost: £5.00

Help us celebrate 30 years in style and join us for a very special music show from singer and musician Tom Sweeney and enjoy an afternoon of film, music, song, movement, face painting and laughter – all before tucking into some scrumptious & delicious birthday cake while watching some fab new cartoons at Cinemagic’s 30th Birthday Party.

Tom Sweeney has written and performed songs about spelling, counting, vowels, self-esteem, anti-bullying, ecology, while many are just plain silly and fun to sing! An afternoon in Tom’s company is guaranteed to have you dancing and skipping all the way home.

Total Duration: 1 hr 45 mins / Age: 4+


A Grand Day Out + A Close Shave

The Big Family Breakfast “Double Serving”!

When: Sat 12 Oct, 10.15am

Cost: £5.00

What do Wallace & Gromit and Cinemagic have in common……? Well……..we are both celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year!

Join us for this very special breakfast screening double bill where we will enjoy Wallace & Gromit’s first ever outing in A Grand Day Out; here we follow our two heroes as they build a rocket to travel to the Moon to see if it really is made out of cheese! Then get ready for the classic A Close Shave where our dynamic duo are caught up in a sheep-rustling heist; and this is also where audiences first got to meet the adorable Shaun the Sheep.

We will have lots of FREE breakfast goodies on offer for the audience including fresh fruit, cereal, pastries, tea & coffee and orange juice.

Total Duration: 1 hr 30 mins / Cert: U


The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie + Make Your Own SpongeBob Character Workshop

When: Sat 12 Oct, 12.30pm

Cost: £5.00

There's trouble brewing in Bikini Bottom. Someone has stolen King Neptune's crown, and it looks like Mr. Krab, SpongeBob's boss, is the culprit. Though he's just been passed over for the promotion of his dreams, SpongeBob stands by his boss, and along with his best pal Patrick, sets out on a treacherous mission to Shell City to reclaim the crown and restore Krab's reputation.

Dir: Stephen Hillenburg & Mark Osborne – USA – 2004 – 87 mins – Cert: U – in English

SpongeBob character workshop – Bring along your own bath time sponge and work with arts facilitator Trisha McNally as she helps you create your very own SpongeBob SquarePants character.

Total Duration: 2 hrs 15 mins / Cert: U


Grandpa’s Great Escape

When: Sat 12 Oct, 3.15pm

Cost: £3.00

Former World War II flying ace Grandpa is unwell and has been forced to live in Twilight Towers, run by the despicable Miss Dandy. With the help of his Grandson Jack he plots a daring escape – which may give him one last chance to take to the sky in his beloved Spitfire.  The classic David Walliams tale is brought to life in this feature length drama starring Tom Courtney, Jennifer Saunders, David Williams and Kit Connor.

Dir: Elliot Hegarty – UK – 2018 – 72 mins – Cert: U – in English

Mr Hullabaloo’s Storybook Treats

When: Sun 20 Oct, 1.00pm

Cost: £5.00

Calling all brave Knights and daring Princesses it’s time to attend the Royal palace with Mr Hullabaloo and Jingles. During this kids theatre show three tales of enchantment will be magically brought to life. Journey to Rapunzel’s tower, slay the dragon that guards Sleeping Beauty’s castle and attend the Royal Ball with Cinderella. A show in which dreams really do come true!

Total Duration: 1 hr / Age: 4+


The Wind in the Willows

When: Sun 20 Oct, 3.00pm

Cost: £3.00

Toad decides that motor cars are the only way to travel, however his driving skills don’t match up to his enthusiasm. Our countryside friends come to his rescue and try to help him stay on the right side of the road, and the law, in this exciting adventure. Voiced by an all-star cast including David Jason as Toad, Michael Hordern as Badger, Richard Pearson as Mole and Ian Carmichael as Ratty with Una Stubbs and Beryl Reid.

Dir: Mark Hall – UK – 1983 – 78 mins – Cert: U – in English


Scared Shrekless & Pumpkin Drama

When: Sat 26 Oct, 12.30pm

Cost: £3.00

Halloween is Shrek’s favourite holiday, and this year he is planning a night of frights, all done ogre-style. Instead of the usual tricks or treats, Shrek challenges Donkey, Puss in Boots and the other fairy tale creatures to spend the night in Lord Farquaad’s abandoned castle, while telling scary stories. The last one to be scared “Shrekless” wins, and is crowned the King of Halloween.

Dir: Gary Trousdale & Raman Hui – USA – 2010 – 26 mins – Cert: U – in English

After the screening join Debutots for a fun-filled interactive storytelling and dance session at the Halloween disco where the Monster family are causing all sorts of chaos with their big, swooshy tales and loud roars!

Total Duration: 1 hr / Cert: U


In the Night Garden ‘Pyjama Party’ & Storytelling

When: Sat 26 Oct, 2.00pm

Cost: £5.00

Get ready for peaceful slumber at the annual Cinemagic Pyjama Party! Come along with your favourite bedtime toy or in your sleep suits and cosy pyjamas to enjoy a dreamy afternoon of storytelling. After you get your yummy milk & cookies settle down to watch two exciting episodes of In the Night Garden. Our pyjama party will take you on an adventure filled journey from Belfast’s Ulster Museum to the magical ‘Garden in the Night’ and back again. And our fabulous storyteller Jo Britland will be telling bedtime stories with the help of a very special guest!

Total Duration: 1 hr 30 mins / All ages

Hocus Pocus

Fancy Dress Screening

When: Thurs 31 Oct, 1.00pm

Cost: £3.00

Three hundred years after they were sentenced to die in Salem, a trio of witches return to gain their revenge. Terrorising the town's trick-or-treaters on Halloween, riding on vacuum cleaners instead of broomsticks, the only thing that can stop them is a black cat - in fact a boy who was turned into a cat on the day of the witches' original execution.

Dir: Kenny Ortega – USA – 1993 – 96 mins – Cert: PG – in English


Creativity Corner - Workshops for Kids Ages 5-12

Special Effects Make-Up in Film with Sophie Knox (Theme: Dragons)

Sun 6 Oct, 11am-12pm, Ulster Museum, Ages: 5-8, £8.00

Prop Making with Noel Walsh

Sun 6 Oct, 1pm-2pm, Ulster Museum, Ages: 8-12, £8.00

Stop Motion Animation with Joel Simon

Sun 6 Oct, 3pm-4pm, Ulster Museum, Ages: 8-12, £8.00

Aardman Model Making Workshop (Shaun the Sheep)

Sat 12 Oct, 10.30am-11.30am, Ulster Museum, Ages: 5-12, £8.00

Aardman Model Making Workshop (Bitzer)

Sat 12 Oct, 12pm-1pm, Ulster Museum, Ages: 5-12, £8.00

Aardman Model Making Workshop (Lu-La)

Sat 12 Oct, 1.30pm-2.30pm, Ulster Museum, Ages: 5-12, £8.00

Film Poster Making with Trisha McNally

Sun 20 Oct, 11am-12pm, Ulster Museum, Ages: 6-12, £8.00

Sound Effects and Foley Workshop with Caoimhe Doyle and Jonathan Reynolds

Sun 20 Oct, 1pm-2pm, Ulster Museum, Ages: 8-12, £8.00

Create Your Own Flip Books with Francesca Kennedy

Sun 20 Oct, 3pm-4pm, Ulster Museum, Ages: 5-8, £8.00

Voice Acting for Cartoons and Animation with Paul Tylak

Sat 26 Oct, 11am-12pm, Ulster Museum, Ages: 8-12, £8.00

Toy Story Lego Building with Bricks4kidz

Sat 26 Oct, 1pm-2pm, Ulster Museum, Ages: 8-12, £8.00

Performing with Puppets with Jo Britland

Sat 26 Oct, 3pm-4pm, Ulster Museum, Ages: 5-8, £8.00