Apply Now for Young Film Programmers at the Nerve Centre

Apply Now for Young Film Programmers at the Nerve Centre

The Nerve Centre is seeking applications from passionate and dedicated young film lovers and practitioners aged 18-24 years to join a brand new initiative in film programming and exhibition – Young Film Programmers at the Nerve Centre. The programme is delivered by the Nerve Centre and funded through Film Hub NI as part of BFI Film Audience Network supported by National Lottery.

The Nerve Centre is establishing the Young Film Programmers group to grow a dedicated youth curated dimension to our existing film exhibition programmes including the international Foyle Film Festival; Inter-Cultural and Anti-Racism Festival and the Nerve Centre Cinema Initiative.

An initial training intensive takes place from Monday August 21 to Friday August 25, followed by fortnightly evening and occasional weekend sessions from September to December 2017. Participants must be able to attend the course dates as outlined in the application form. Download it here.

As part of their training, participants will learn about the distribution and exhibition side of the film industry and will gain hands on training in curating and delivering an exhibition programme of regular film screenings and showcase events in a range of creative exhibition spaces, including the Nerve Centre Cinema venues.

In the first week, participants will be tasked with planning, promoting and delivering a unique screening experience as part of Cinema Day 2017 on Monday August 28 to officially launch the project.

The Young Programmers group will also contribute to the programming of specific strands of the international Foyle Film Festival, celebrating 30 years in November 2017. Foyle Film Festival is Northern Irelands only Oscar and BAFTA affiliated film festival and is renowned for attracting high profile names such as Brendan Gleeson, Ray Winstone, Wim Wenders, Kenneth Branagh, Sam Shepherd, Danny Boyle, Paul Greengrass and many others. In addition, the Festival delivers the highly respected Intercultural and Anti-Racism Film Festival every Spring.

Programmers will develop practical leadership skills in film festival and event programming and producing, marketing, reviewing, event management and promotion as well as an opportunity to be mentored by and network with creative teams from some of the leading festival film festivals in Northern Ireland and the UK.

Programmers will be passionate about film and will be able to demonstrate a real commitment of time and energy to learning about film. They will be committed to developing a career in the film industry and have a strong interest in the local film scene. Participants should also have a passion for promoting creative events to new audiences giving them an opportunity to enjoy the best that cinema has to offer.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 16 August at 5pm. Applications must be returned to Eavan King at the Nerve Centre by

For further information on Film Hub NI and the BFI Film Audience Network visit

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