Film Hub South East wants more young people in the region to both go to the cinema and engage with cinemas as creative practitioners. To achieve this, we are offering a range of support to encourage the formation of more Young Film Programmer’s Groups and help build a network of new and existing Groups across the South East.
Through their Young Film Programmer’s Groups, venues work with young people to help them run screenings and associated events in their cinemas, empowering them to conceptualise and develop activities, curate and market film programmes and deliver and evaluate events.
We have developed this strategy in response to the BFI’s current five-year plan (BFI2022), which focuses on the future of film in the UK and emphasises the importance of engaging 16-30 year olds with independent cinema to build the audience of the future, as well as future participants in the industry.
“As screens proliferate and moving image becomes the predominant way that young people interact with the world and each other, there is a clear need to encourage cultural curiosity and risk-taking among this group. Audiences at this age are making an increasing number of independent choices and building the tastes that will inform their behaviour for the rest of their lives. It’s crucial that we reach out to them on their terms and where they gather, and offer an opportunity for them to see themselves, their heritage and their future.” (BFI2022).
What is a Young Film Programmer's Group?
A Young Film Programmer’s Group is a facilitated group of 16-30 year olds who meet on a regular basis to increase their knowledge of independent film and to programme, plan, market and present regular screenings, sharing their voice with a wider audience, in an independent cinema setting.
Young Film Programmer’s Groups give young people a stake in venues and help to increase younger audiences of their peers, who may otherwise be generally disengaged from non-mainstream cinema.
What is the YFP Network?
The Young Film Programmer’s (YFP) Network encompasses the northern and southern regions of the Film Hub South East area and links up Young Film Programmer’s Groups for networking and training and to share tips for best practice, resources, advice and opportunities for progression within the industry. The full network can be seen through our FHSE support map.
Become a member
YFP Network membership is free and easy to join! Benefits include:
- Comprehensive resource pack to help kick-start your YFP group
- One-to-one support session to help you plan your approach and recruitment (via phone call or in-venue)
- Introductory training session for up to three members of your team
- Optional in-house training session for nurturing a whole-staff team approach to take place within your venue
- Face-to-face networking session and follow-up training for facilitators
- Face-to-face networking session and follow-up training for young film programmers
- Online networking via closed Facebook group
- Sharing best practice with other YFP groups in the network
- Year-round support and advice
- Email updates and opportunities via our newsletter
If you are interested in finding out more about starting a Young Film Programmer’s Group, or if you already run a YFP group in the region, please get in touch. Contact Julia.Andrews-Clifford@lewesdepot.org to arrange a telephone call or an in-person meeting to discuss in more detail.
- Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings (Young Electrics)
- Depot, Lewes (Depot Young Programmers)
- Fabrica Fresh Perspectives (Fresh Perspectives)
- Picture House Uckfield
- Gulbenkian, Canterbury (Gulbenkian Uncovered)
- Folkestone Harbour Arm (Harbour Screen Young Film Programmers)
- Deal Festival and Linden Hall Studios
- The Palace, Broadstairs (Benshi Young Programmers)
- Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
There are currently no Young Film Programmer’s Groups in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire or Surrey that we know of. If you already run a Young Film Programmer’s Group in one of these counties or would like to start one, we would love to hear from you – please get in touch!