The 4th Annual Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for young people held their much-anticipated opening reception at the Fairmont Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica on Wednesday 20th February.

Held to showcase the collaborative work of young filmmakers in Los Angeles and from Northern Ireland, a pre-party Q&A kicked off the evening’s events with Irish celebrity guests Samantha Mumba, Julian Sands and six-time Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan in the Bungalows at the Fairmont Hotel. Other celebrity guests to walk the red carpet included Briana Evigan star of ‘Step Up 2’, actress Melia Kreiling, Rowly Dennis from ‘Jane by Design’, actresses April Billingsily and Valyn Hall, Irish Actress Caroline Morahan, Jay Harrington star of ‘Better Off Ted’ and more.

Hosted by UK Television Personality Ross King, the evening then progressed into the Wedgewood Room for an inspirational perfomance by this year’s Cinemagic participants. As an ambassador for the award-winning charity, Pierce Brosnan recorded a special message for the event and donated his personal artwork for auction in support of the charity, helping to motivate and educate young people through the medium of film.

Wednesday’s Opening Reception marked the start of the 2013 week-long festivities including workshops, tours and presentations by a number of film organizations including Disney, Nickelodeon, Variety, Fox, Warner Brothers, HBO, UCLA, NYFA and many more.

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