Neeson raises Cinemagic curtain

[caption id="attachment_67106" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Cinemagic's chief executive, Joan Burney Keatings, young film enthusiast Ross Moffett, and Cinemagic worldwide patron, Liam Neeson, at Cinemagic New York's Manhattan opening."]


Liam Neeson officially opened the 3rd Cinemagic New York Film and Television Festival for Young People at a special reception in Manhattan on Monday.

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The gathering saw Neeson, patron of the award-winning Belfast based film charity, officially launch a five day program to an invited audience including young filmmakers from Belfast.

The program is part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland's year of Irish arts in America that runs until the end of the year.

"I am proud to present at our third Cinemagic New York Festival," said Cinemagic chief executive, Joan Burney Keatings.

"The festival is not only a terrific showcase of Irish film, it also offers the young participants an opportunity to explore their creativity and stimulate discussion in a way that is both fun and educational. Cinemagic is an exceptional

initiative and a welcome addition to our showcase of Irish film in the U.S. in 2011," added Eugene Downes, chief executive of Culture Ireland.