Training Courses

Young Film Programmers Industry Session: Black Film Programming with
Rico Johnson-Sinclair

22/04/2021 - 22/04/2021

4:30pm - 5:30pm

We’re delighted to be joined by Rico Johnson-Sinclair from CineQ and The New Black Film Collective for this Young Film Programmers’ Industry Session. These sessions are designed to give our Young Film Programmers and others the opportunity to talk directly to people working in the film exhibition sector, addressing different aspects of programming with a range of experts from across the industry.

About the session

In this session, Rico Johnson-Sinclair will discuss ways in which you can make programming choices that support black makers, curators and audiences through anti-racism across the year – not just as part of a one-off special event or festival.

As well as his work with The New Black Film Collective and his role as Director of CineQ, Birmingham’s Queer Film Festival that prioritises Queer and Trans People of Colour, most recently Rico was appointed the Race Equality Lead for the BFI.

Outside of programming and exhibition, Rico consults with organisations around events that focus on Inclusion and Diversity. He is currently the Festival Manager of SHOUT Festival, Birmingham’s Queer Arts and Culture Festival offering a mix of dance, music, theatre, live art, visual arts and film, and has previously worked for organisations such as Coventry City of Culture, Flatpack Film Festival and Film Hub Midlands. He recently produced the BFI NETWORK-backed film, Sweet Mother, written and directed by Zena Igbe exploring the themes of race and sexuality through the lens of cultural ostracisation.

The New Black Film Collective is a nationwide network of film exhibitors, educators and programmers of Black representation on screen. TNBFC and its members host a myriad of film festivals, film clubs and special seasons influenced by African Diaspora at venues across the country. They also provide advice, support and education materials on programming African, Caribbean and diasporic film as well recently launching their distribution arm with the theatrical release of ‘Dear White People’.

This event will be live-captioned, instructions on how to access the captions will be provided at the beginning of the event. We will provide instructions on how to access these through Zoom at the beginning of the event, but you can also click the following link for a fully adjustable page of captions:

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22/04/2021 - 22/04/2021
4:30pm - 5:30pm



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