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Cultural Cinema Exhibition 2017 [#CulturalCinema]

  • Do you know and love film, but want to have the practical skills and detailed knowledge that will make you a truly expert programmer?
  • Do you want to start a film club, run a community cinema or deliver a festival?
  • Do you want your CV to jump to the top of the pile when applying for film jobs?
  • Do you work in film and want to develop the skills necessary to deliver exciting and innovative programmes?
  • Do you want to know how you can deliver specialist programmes or bring minority groups into your cinema?


Fri 10 Mar 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017
The Barbican Centre / CitizenM Bankside, London
£600 UK participants / £1,100 International participants

Creative Skillset - BFI - Lottery

Applications are now closed for Cultural Cinema Exhibition 2017

Cultural Cinema Exhibition is essential training for anyone who wants to take their film career to the next level.

In the decade-plus history of the course, its alumni have achieved top jobs at the British Film Institute, Picturehouse, Curzon Cinemas, Soda Pictures, Watershed, the Barbican and film festivals around the world.

Whether you currently work in cinema or festival programming, film curation, artist moving image, film education or specialist film, film marketing or audience development, or you want to in the future, this course is comprehensive and practical and will immeasurably boost your skills and knowledge.

You will learn:

  • A complete toolkit for understanding audiences, including increasing access for young people, children, LGBT, disabled and ethnically diverse audiences
  • How the film industry works, from key figures, including producers, sales agents, programmers, exhibitors, digital distributors and more
  • How to market a film from press campaigns to copy, from social media to offline
  • A full knowledge of the technical aspects of film so you can keep the magic of the big screen alive
  • How you can create and build audiences for archive film, artist moving image, international cinema, event cinema and alternative content
  • The key details of practical programming: negotiating, securing rights and understanding release windows

Who is this course for?

  • Professionals with 1-3 years’ experience who are forging a career in the cultural cinema sector, including programming, education, marketing and audience development
  • Any film industry professionals who currently work in management, programming, education, marketing, administration or fundraising at independent cinemas, film festivals, film societies and pop-ups
  • People who currently work in exhibition who want to build an audience for cultural cinema at their venue
  • People who run, or who have a strong desire to run, grass roots film societies and venues

How is the course taught?

This is an intensive course taught over a week. It comprises talks from a wide range of film industry experts, practical exercises, tutorials and networking. You will also have the chance to see a variety of upcoming cultural cinema films, and workshop these releases.

When will the course run?

Exact dates and location are currently TBC but the course is provisionally set for 10-17 March 2017.

The price of the course includes a pass for the ICO Screening Days at BFI Southbank (11-13 March 2017).

Applications are now closed for Cultural Cinema Exhibition 2017


Supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded directly by industry through the Skills Investment Fund (SIF), as well as by the National Lottery via the BFI.

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