24th July 2014

Belfast Teaches The Art of Italian and Local Filmmaking

7th September 2010

Richard James Taylor

Film professionals and enthusiasts dying to understand the art of Italian filmmaking should head for the Peroni Nastro Azzurro 'Accademia del Film' in Belfast during September 17-19.

Hosted by Northern Ireland Screen, the region's film commission, with the city Queen's Film Theatre, the 'film academy' will hold masterclasses that unveil the secrets to great Italian classics like Bicycle Thieves by Vittorio de Sica, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, and Il Postini, by Massimo Troisi.

A related short specially directed by Gabriele Muccino, famous for his collaborations with Hollywood star Will Smith, will also be screened for debate about Italian films' unique qualities.

Also taking place in Belfast in November is the 20th anniversary of the Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival. Featuring 150 films and more than 50 workshops, the event starts from 11 November to 26 November.

UTV (formerly Ulster Television), the Northern Ireland affiliate of the UK's ITV network, has formed a partnership with Cinemagic to showcase the works of up-and-coming filmmaker and TV producers.

Photography by Richard James Taylor