A special preview of When Santa Fell to Earth played at the Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People in Belfast on October 6th to an eager audience. It goes on general release in the UK and Ireland from December 7. The film is based on the novel of the same name by international bestselling author, Cornelia Funke, whose Inkheart story – part of the Ink-trilogy – was made into a feature film in 2008 starring Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent, Brendan Fraser and Andy Serkis. German-born Funke, who has topped 10 million sales worldwide, was included in Time magazine’s 2005 list of the 100 most influential people. When Santa Fell to Earth is an enchanting Christmas tale full of magic and fantasy, suitable for all the family. The film is directed by Oliver Dieckmann, who delivered a special video message to the Cinemagic audience before the film screened.
Cinemagic is the largest children’s film and television festival in Great Britain and Ireland. The Under 12s programme launched on October 5th includes film previews from around the world as well as film and television workshops, master classes and filmmaking competitions. On hearing that the film had been selected to play, director Oliver Dieckmann said “I’m thrilled that our film will be playing in Belfast. The Cinemagic festival – what an appropriate name for what we aspired to do; to enchant our audiences, to give them a sense of magic, a sense of wonder in our story celebrating the Christmas spirit.”